The heart of a traditionalist

The heart of a traditionalist

In the Catholic blogosphere, there are a number of labels: traditionalist, orthodox, charismatic, rad-trad, liberal, and conservative being among them. One of the newest and most vibrant of these groups in recent years is the traditionalist label, particularly due to...
Holy Smoke! Why Liturgical Symbol Matters

Holy Smoke! Why Liturgical Symbol Matters

A few years ago I found myself holding young Benedict, my then-fifteen month-old pride and joy, amazed that he was being so good for me at Sunday mass.  I asked myself if God wasn’t giving me a little break so that for the first time in a long time I might actually...
Remembering the Quiet Heroes this Independence Day

Remembering the Quiet Heroes this Independence Day

Yesterday, the highest court in the land (second only to the basketball court that is on it’s roof) ruled that the government cannot force the people who own corporations to provide abortifacent drugs to their employees… …and then social media exploded. So...
Good Friday morning read

Good Friday morning read

This is probably the third year in a row that I’ve recommended Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Discourse 16. Mental Sufferings of Our Lord in His Passion as a must-read for Good Friday. The stations of the cross and the sorrowful mysteries of the...
Ordinations in Dachau

Ordinations in Dachau

Our department’s administrative assistant knows that I’ve traveled to Germany in the past as faculty advisor for our study abroad trip to Luneburg. While there, we visit the Neuengamme concentration camp. A few days ago he gave me a booklet he purchased at...