Remind You of Anyone?

In the seventh Lectio in today’s (9/3/21) Divine Office of Matins, (Divino Afflatu version, available online at, for the Feast of Pope St. Pius X, there is this little gem from a homily of St. Augustine, discussing John 21:15-17: “Those who have this purpose in feeding the flock of Christ, that they may have … Continue reading Remind You of Anyone?

The Gospels, “Q”, and “The Synoptic Problem”

Since the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, there has been a spike in social media traffic concerning something called "Qanon", with political leftists in an unusually elevated (even for them) state of agitation, and those on the right responding more or less in kind.  If you're really bored, run … Continue reading The Gospels, “Q”, and “The Synoptic Problem”

Feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

One of the many feasts and devotions soft-pedaled or dropped altogether from the Liturgical Calendar by the post-Vatican II Church, in its zeal to make Catholics act less Catholic, was the feast we "Trads" still celebrate today, that of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is one of the newer of the Marian … Continue reading Feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Holy Church celebrates most saints on the date of their death; that is, the date of their "birth" into eternal life.  Only three feasts commemorate anyone's birth: Christmas, most obviously; the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, which we mark today, September 8, nine months after the … Continue reading The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary