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Novena to St. Joseph

From way back in 2007 and then in 2013. Thought I'd bring it up again for anyone who might be interested. Also the seven Sundays begin next Sunday so this is a good time to remember this novena. I'll have posts with reflections on those days as they arrive. Show More Summary

The Fixity of Liturgical Forms as an Incentive to Prayer and Lectio Divina

Catholics who assist at the traditional liturgy of the Church quickly come to love one monumental fact about it: its stability, regularity, constancy. With a few exceptions due to local calendars or unannounced votive Masses, one can...Show More Summary

CV LOOP: President Trump’s order guts Obamacare

HEALTHCARE // President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to focus on minimizing the damaging effects of the law. This article explains what the new order will do. HEALTH CARE // Politico has a good article on how Trump can use Obamacare to kill Obamacare. Show More Summary

44 Years

As 2016 passed into the annals of history, we saw the traditional retrospectives of all the celebrities who died, and to many people, the losses of the past year seemed to be worse than usual. As we mark the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade today and throughout the week, it bears remembering that in [...]

The “Apocrypha” and the Liturgy

At yesterday’s presidential inauguration, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, read as a prayer a selection of verses from the ninth chapter of the Book of Wisdom. In the original, this passage is a prayer delivered as ifShow More Summary

Word to Life — Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 22, 2017

  Jan. 22, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time       1) Isaiah 8:23-9:3       Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14       2) 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17       Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23   By Jeff Hedglen Catholic News Service In my work as the Catholic campus minister at a large state school, I spend a lot of time commiserating with college […]

Lenten Retreat in Allentown, NJ, Feb. 17-19

Father Carlos Hamel of the Fraternity of Saint Joseph the Guardian will preach a retreat based on the Ignatian Exercises, at the church of Saint John the Baptist, 1282 Yardville-Allentown Road, Allentown, New Jersey. The Spiritual Exercises...Show More Summary

Blessing of the Waters on Julian Epiphany

Yesterday was the feast of the Holy Theophany on the Julian Calendar, the commemoration of the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan. It is a tradition of the Byzantine Rite to bless not just water in vessels within the church on this day, but also large bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. Show More Summary

Well Said: The task of a Christian

The task of a Christian is to drown evil in an abundance of good. It is not a question of negative campaigns, or of being "anti" anything. On the contrary, we should live positively, full of optimism, with youthfulness, joy and peace. Show More Summary

Ordinariate Evensong in the Philadelphia Area

On Friday, February 3rd, at 8 p.m., the church of St John the Baptist in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, a parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, will begin a series of celebrations of choral Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, featuring the music of composers such as Thomas Tallis, Orlando Gibbons, Jacques Arcedelt and Tomás Luis de Victoria.

CV LOOP: Trump starts Inauguration day at “Church of the Presidents”

INAUGURATION // Trump, Pence, their Cabinet nominees and their families and friends will attending a church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, known as “the Church of the Presidents” because every president since James Madison has attended services there at least once. Trump will uphold the custom that Franklin D. Roosevelt began in 1933 by attending a [...]

Tradition is for the Young (Part 5) : More from the FSSP’s German Seminary

On Sunday, I published some photos of the Fraternity of St Peter’s German seminary visiting Buxheim Charterhouse, and celebrating Mass there for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. That same day, the community celebrated VespersShow More Summary

Why Abortion Can Never Be a Good—No Matter the Circumstances

One of the most compelling things about the Church is the fact that God’s love is the foundation of everything She calls us to. It’s utterly ironic when people paint Her as some dictatress coming up with edicts out of thin air. Catholic teaching is rooted in God’s desire to share His life with each [...]

Restored to Life — After a 72-Hour Stomach Virus

Ahhh, it feels good to have something besides ginger ale!And it's good to be back to the blog. Except for the Genesis study post which I prepared ahead of time, it's been a bit blank around here. Now that I'm back at the computer things will get back to normal soon.

Latin and the Latin Mass in Singapore

A regular reader from Singapore brought to my attention this article from the Straits Times (named for the strait that separates the island from the Malay Peninsula) about the TLM community there, and the presence and use of Latin in their small, multi-lingual nation.“Latin is also alive in St Joseph’s Church in Victoria Street. Show More Summary

CV LOOP: TV star wants to be Trump of the North

EDITOR’S NOTE // Due to DNS failure on several email service providers, some of you may not have received the Loop since Jan 12. This issue is now resolved. To check out what you missed, or if you ever miss an issue of the Loop, simply go to to see the current issue, and all [...]

The Two Feasts of St Peter’s Chair

The feast of St Peter’s Chair was originally kept on one of two dates. Some sources, going back to the fourth century, attest to it on January 18th, among them, an ancient Martyrology formerly attributed to St. Jerome. Others place it...Show More Summary

Genesis Notes: Melchizedek's Resume

I love these resumes from the Life Application Bible. They really have a way of focusing us on important information we might otherwise have missed in the bigger story. Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek, Dieric Bouts the Elder, 1464–67 This meeting between Abram and Melchizedek was most unusual. Show More Summary

Dominican Rite Candlemas in Youngstown, Ohio

St. Dominic’s Church in Youngstown, Ohio, will have the blessing of candles, procession and sung Mass in the Dominican Rite on the feast of the Purification, Thursday, February 2, starting at at 7 p.m. The church is located at 77 E. Lucius Avenue.

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