The Great War

Gassed, by John Singer Sargent

The world marks a sad anniversary today, the beginning of the Great War.  Tragically, the war to end all wars was not.  World War II gets a lot of attention in the media, being fresher in our minds, but World War is worth pondering.  This excellent video from Catholic News Service, which we first found here at Rorate Coeli, sheds a lot of light on the role the Great War played in the disintegration of Europe and Christianity.  Then, as in recent wars, the lone voice of the pope, crying out for peace, went unheeded. If hindsight is 20/20, the century that has passed since the outbreak of the war has given us ample time to understand its far-reaching effects, and often unanticipated, effects.

The world asleep

The Mosul imagery is so arresting. It’s reminiscent of what we saw in Europe in the build-up to the Second World War or the ethnic cleansing witnessed during the Balkans in the early 1990s, where there is an attempt to systematically wipe out an entire civilisation and culture. It’s as if the world is asleep and doesn’t care. I’m surprised there hasn’t been condemnation and calls for solidarity.  

-Francis Campbell, former British Ambassador to the Holy See

We’d like to open this post by saying you’ve probably been saturated with news about the  persecuted Christians in Iraq, but the fact is western media has remained quiet about the Continue reading

Show Notes – A Good Habit 7/23/14

A Good Habit Show NotesOur Lady and St. Michael were just two of the topics we talked about on Wednesday’s show.  As we closed out the show we promised to give you more information on a day of adoration and prayer for the persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria.  The plight of Christians in those countries is grave, and deserves its own post.  We have a lot of info for you, so we are posting that separately here.

The book we recommended to one of our listeners about Our Lady is by Scott Hahn, and it’s called Hail, Holy Queen.  We also found on YouTube a talk by Dr. Hahn about Continue reading

Show Notes – A Good Habit 7/16/14

A Good Habit Show NotesIt’s a soggy Friday here in San Antonio, a perfect day to sit down with a good book.  We have some recommendations for you on that score, but first off, let’s talk about Our Lady.

Our lady of mt. carmel and the brown scapular

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 I owe a great deal in my early youth to my devotion to the Carmelite scapular.  A mother’s constant diligence and concern for the clothes of her children is beautiful to see.  She always wants them well-dressed…The Blessed Mother of Mount Carmel and of the holy scapular speaks to us of her maternal care, her concern to clothe us spiritually with the grace of God and to help us always keep our garments white…Be vigilant to correspond to your good Mother who is concerned about how you go about dressed, especially with respect to the garment of grace that her daughters and sons should always wear.

-St. John Paul II, Address 15 January, 1989

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Love and Littleness

Sr. Mary Joseph would have turned 92 today, and the sisters in Hanceville would have helped her celebrate with a party and cake (sugar-free, preferably, although this diabetic nun loved candy more than anyone).  But we trust she is celebrating in eternity, with far more festivity and joy than this earth can hold.

Sr Joseph and GM crop

Sr. Mary Joseph of the Eternal Father passed away in 2009, just 4 days after her 87th birthday. She was one of the founding sisters who came down from Ohio with Mother Continue reading

Show Notes – A Good Habit 7/9/14


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Hello, everyone, and happy feast day!  As we discussed on Wednesday’s show we were celebrating the feast of Our Lady of the Atonement.  By happy coincidence, or divine appointment, we are also celebrating the feast today, because at the parish here in San Antonio which bears her name the feast day is always transferred from July 9 to the nearest Sunday.

This unique devotion began with two Episcopalians, Fr. Paul Wattson and Lurana White, who were called by God to found the Society of the Atonement, a religious order in the Continue reading

Ora et Labora

Ora et Labora – this is the well-known motto of St. Benedict. Prayer and Work.  That’s the foundation of monastic life, not just for Benedictines but for all of us.  Our order, which is dedicated to Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, is associated with prayer. In fact, many people think praying is the only thing we do.  But religious life requires work as well.  Here are a few snapshots of how we labored today on this feast of St. Benedict.

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Before we knew it, our Friday had turned into yard day.   Over at Our Lady of the Atonement they’re in the midst of clearing away a lot of limestone to make ready for their new high school.  What used to be a driveway and a beautiful area in front of the church now looks like a war zone, as you can see behind Sr. Grace Marie.  Father said the brick pavers weren’t needed anymore, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for free stuff. While Sr. Mary Peter fired up the lawn mower,  we, armed with our trusty crowbar, went over to collect the free bricks before it got too hot, .  As for what we’re going to do with all those bricks, well, I think we should save that project for winter…