Novena to St. Benedict: A Preview


It’s that time of year again!  The feast of St. Benedict is July 11 and it is time to start the Novena again. The following is an outline of the nine themes for the nine days of prayer for the novena.  The novena each day will consist of: Hymn Psalm with antiphon Reading with response Collect-type prayer Concluding “prayer for…

Novena to St. Benedict Begins July 2


One can search the web and find lots of “novenas” to St. Benedict.  Most are just a single, short prayer having to do with St. Benedict that you say for nine consecutive days.  Okay, sure, that technically qualifies as a novena, but the Novena to St. Benedict I’ll be posting here is the most substantive novena to the great saint that…

Prayer with the Trappists at St. Joseph’s Abbey


Yes, I did actually make it out to the abbey for Lauds and Mass at 6:00 am both Friday and Saturday mornings.  Breathing monastic air once again and participating, as much as one can, in the prayer was both refreshing and inspiring.  The simple weight of the liturgy, the chant, and the whole monastic pace of life bearing down on…

The Sanity of St. Benedict from 1952


The Sanity of St. Benedict | Commonweal Magazine This is a great personal account of how Whittaker Chambers encountered St. Benedict and the whole Catholic tradition. He aptly summarizes the genius of St. Benedict: In an age of pillar saints and furiously competing athletes of the spirit, when men plunged by thousands into the desert, in a lunge toward God, and in…

My “Benedict Option” Reading List: A Response


  Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option Reading List post today was the perfect response to the recent barrage of critics of the Benedict Option (most recently here, today).  It inspired me to post my own list.  Note the whole left stack is monastic sources dating back to St. Athanasius’ biography of St. Antony of the Desert, one of the biggest influences on the…

Alasdair MacIntyre: A Primer


I wanted to share an overview of Alasdair MacIntyre’s work and why he is important. I’m not going to even pretend to write something original, as many, many people more competent than I have already done this.  The two resources below serve as a great introduction to MacIntyre’s work.  I mean it literally as a primer, to, hopefully “prime your pump”…

Some of my own scribblings


I found out about a year ago that St. John’s University’s School of Theology, where I received my Master of Arts in Systematic Theology, had posted the final thesis papers of their graduates online. The two I wrote are here: A Heretic Reconsidered: Pelagius, Augustine & Original Sin. Toward A Domestic Ecclesiology: The “Domestic Church” Finds Articulation in John Paul…

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