St. Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church

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Today is the feast day of St. Hildegard of Bingen, whom Pope Benedict made a Doctor of Church on October 7, 2012. I’ve a special interest in Hildegard, which is evolving into something of a devotion. I’ve written a couple things online about her, and also delivered a paper at an SBL annual meeting on her appropriation of Paul entitled … Read More

Three Videos on Liturgy

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When we lived in the Chicago suburbs while I was teaching at Wheaton, I visited Ss. Peter and Paul in Naperville from time to time, a wonderful and large parish. The Church looks like a church inside, and liturgy was done well (whether OF or EF of the Roman Rite; the FSSP offers the EF there). As part of their … Read More

The Secret Life of Bees…

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…is fast becoming the not-so-secret death of bees thanks to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and it appears pesticides are to blame. Quartz reports: Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and … Read More

Eugenio Pacelli: “Not Hitler’s Pope”

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At The American Conservative, John Rodden and John Rossi present “Not Hitler’s Pope: What history taught Pius XII about resisting tyrants,” an efficient but substantive overview of Eugenio Pacelli’s dealings with the Nazis first as papal secretary of state under Pope Pius XI and later as his successor, Pope Pius XII, having both secured the Concordat with the Nazi government … Read More

Contra Mundum

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I tweet it every now and then, so some of you may be aware of it, but if you don’t I keep a Tumblog of classic quotes on religion and culture at Contra Mvndvm. Feel free to browse if you need some inspiration from CS Lewis, Dietrich von Hildebrand, TS Eliot, Martin Luther King, jr., Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and more.

Sam Rocha, A Primer for Philosophy & Education

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Sam Rocha is an internet friend and fellow writer at First Things online. He also happens to be a fellow North Dakotan by virtue of his teaching post at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he serves as assistant professor in the educational foundations and research graduate program. Sam has now written a little Primer for Philosophy … Read More

Pope Francis: “Do Something Concrete”

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For many Catholics, the last several months have been something of a whirlwind. Pope Benedict had brought us deeply into the Year of Faith, which many parishes and dioceses going above and beyond in their participation (like ours here in Bismarck). And then Pope Benedict resigned in the middle of Lent, making way for the election of Pope Francis, who’s … Read More

St Benedict, Ora Pro Nobis

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Today was the feast of St Benedict, so important for Western civilization, the Catholic faith, and indeed the University where I work, sponsored by the wonderful Benedictine sisters of Annunciation Monastery. I like Benedictine spirituality; it’s gritty, practical, tied to the land. Ora et labora; work and pray. A formative experience for me was staying at the Benedictine Sankt Stephans … Read More

Lumen Fidei released

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At First Things’ First Thoughts I’ve written a bit about how to interpret Lumen Fidei when it’s written largely by one pope but promulgated under the name of another. Excerpt: …we ought to approach official documents in the final form in which they are promulgated, for that is how they are promulgated. Reading behind the text in search of sources … Read More

America

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Some random reflections-by-posting for this Fourth of July: Rich Mullins (✝September 19, 1997), threshold Catholic, “Here in America,” from A Liturgy, A Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band: Rammstein, “Amerika”: Selections from The Letter to Diognetus (Ad Diognetum, 2d-3d century): For Christians are not distinguished from the rest of mankind by country, or by speech, or by dress. For they do … Read More