Category Archives: Columns

From the Laptops

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Protestant Minister Delivered From Demon While Praying Before Blessed Sacrament

Even practicing Catholics, serious ones, have a huge weakness. They believe that one can be saved outside the Church. Consequently, out of human respect, they are afraid they might hurt the feelings of Protestant (or non-Christian) family members or friends by asking them to become Catholic. It’s such a simple question. It’s such a charitable question; indeed no other invitation compares to this one. The … More →

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‘Immediately’: Characteristically St. Mark

The four evangelists used the adverb “immediatley” (euthus, in Greek) an amazing number of times. Saint Matthew used it twelve times, Luke fourteen times, and John only six times. Mark however, whose feast day was yesterday, used the word twenty-eight times, and his is the shortest Gospel, only sixteen chapters. Mark was the spiritual son of Saint Peter. “The church that is in Babylon, elected … More →

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In Honor of Saint Mark: Gabrieli Music!

From YouTube user, Karl Barton, comes the video below. Giovanni Gabrieli was organist and composer for Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice. He was the more famous nephew of Andrea Gabrieli. Here is his description from YouTube: This features scenes from Venice near St. Mark’s Basilica with the music of Giovanni Gabrieli “Plaudite, psallite, jubilate Deo” (Clap, sing praises, make a joyful sound to God). St. … More →

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Traditional Catholic School in Hartford, Wisconsin Looking for Teachers

Saint Augustine School (Hartford, WI) is seeking to hire two full time teachers (grades 3-4 and 5-6) for the 2016-2017 academic year. Latin Mass offered by the ICRSS each month. Candidates must be willing to profess an oath of fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. If interested send cover letter and resume to Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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UPDATE: Priest Visiting SBC, Mass Schedule Changes

A priest will be visiting Saint Benedict Center from the afternoon of Monday, April 18 until about May 10. Our schedule has returned to normal for both Sunday and weekday Masses. Contrary to what was posted here earlier, this also applies to Masses on Sunday, May 1. Omitting Father’s name for now is a courtesy to him and a convenience to SBC, so that, during this … More →

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The Mass in the Old Testament

In the next Reconquest, we consider the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in type and prophecy in the Old Testament. Topics include Abraham’s sacrifice, the sacrifice of Melchisedech, and the prophecy of Malachias (Malachi), and how the Church Fathers — especially Saint Ambrose — employed some of these. Please look at the video and then give the show a listen when it broadcasts! Also, please Help … More →

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What is a ‘Type’?

Every once in a while, I refer to a “type” or “typology” is something I write or speak on. What follows is a brief explanation of what that is, excerpted from a longer piece I wrote. A very important device in the study of the Old Testament is what we call “typology.” Typology is employed under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost by New Testament writers. … More →

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The Holy Forties

When I was studying under Brother Francis and Brother Hugh we used to play a numbers game. Beginning with “One” we would proceed to “Two, Three, Four, etc,” naming everything we could about the Faith that had to do with that number. “Five and Six” were difficult, as were “Nine and Eleven.” Twelve was easy: twelve Apostles, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve loaves of Proposition … More →

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The Papacy: Divine and Limited

Below is a two-minute and eighteen second YouTube commercial for my next Reconquest show. My guest for the show is Charles Coulombe, Catholic historian and author of Vicars of Christ: A History of the Popes (also available in a Kindle edition). The subject is “The Papacy: Divine and Limited.” The publication of Amoris Laetitia and the backlash against its more novel sections serves as a backdrop to … More →

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Detail of same icon by Brian Whirledge

St. Vincent of Lerins: Quod Ubique, Semper, et Ab Omnibus

This great fifth century fighter of heresy gave a formula for determining what Catholics must believe in the event of a rampant heresy. We must believe that which has everywhere been believed in the Church, always been believed, and by all universally (Quod Ubique, Semper, et Ab Omnibus). Here are his words form his book Commonitorium: “I have continually given the greatest pains and diligence … More →

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Amoris Laetitia – More Catholic Experts Weigh In

Our friend Maike Hickson has a wonderful piece at 1 Peter 5 on the post-synodal exhortation, featuring brief write-ups from these five experts: Father Brian Harrison, O.S., S.T.D., Professor Roberto de Mattei, Dr. Sandro Magister, Marco Tosatti, and Mathias von Gersdorff. It is our pleasure to present the commentaries of some reflective people in Europe and in the U.S. who are knowledgeable experts when it comes to the Vatican … More →

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My Favorite Story From the Life of Today’s Saint, Lydwine

Today is the feast day of a little known saint and one of my favorites, Saint Lydwine of Schiedam, Holland. She was born in 1380 and died on April 14, 1433. Lydwine was very devoted to the Blessed Virgin from her childhood on. When she was fifteen she was knocked over by a friend while ice skating and she broke a rib. The rib would … More →

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Triumphant Voices in Germany

The official website of the German Bishops,, is full of praise for Amoris Laetitia. Well-known experts who have been expressing many heterodox positions during the earlier discussions on marriage and family, seem now convinced that their expectations have been met, and that, indeed, the Universal Catholic Church has now started to import and imitate the putatively German model. One of the most prominent liberal … More →

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How Did the Apostles Die?

How Did the Apostles Die? Let’s take the brothers first. Saints Peter and his older brother Andrew. Both were crucified as old men. Peter was, of course, our first pope, Christ’s Vicar, the head of the visible Church. Andrew was the first called by Christ to be an apostle. He was a disciple of Saint John the Baptist. Andrew was there when John pointed at … More →

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Joshua and the Israelite People, from the Karolingischer Buchmaler (details)

More Old-Testament Violence, and Bluegrass

My Ad Rem on the subject of the “dark passages” of the Bible went a bit long. This piece represents a small coda with further thoughts on the issue, being a collection of “odds and ends” presented in no special order. The “ban” — i.e., the “dedication to destruction” by which men, women, and children were slaughtered (the Hebrew concept of cherem is much more complex … More →

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