Tuesday, March 31, 2015

St. Maria Skobtsova of Paris

Today is the 70th anniversary of the martyrdom on St Maria of Paris. Elizaveta Pilenko, now known as Saint Maria...

Posted by Jim Forest on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ECB: Mother, Martyr, Saint: On the Death of Maria Skobtsova

Feser on Denys Turner's Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait

Was Aquinas a Materialist?

I was thinking of buying the book but now I've lowered its priority on the wish list.

Archbishop Chaput on Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty 50 Years After Dignitatis Humanae by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Maronite Divine Liturgy for the 500th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Teresa of Avila 28 March 2015

Would Like to Read This

From Potlucks, Eucharist, and Ecumenical Dialogue by Nicholas Denysenko:

"In the January 2015 issue of Worship, Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, S.J., appealed to Catholic and Orthodox Christians to reinvigorate efforts for an authentic restoration of ecclesial intercommunion between the two Churches."

Didn't know Fr. Denysenko wrote for Pray Tell.

Holy Week Homilies from Benedict XVI

Chiesa: Paschal Homilies by Sandro Magister
Exercises on liturgical preaching for Holy Week. From the archive of Benedict XVI

Monday, March 30, 2015

Feast of the Commemoration of St. Gregory the Illuminator's torture and commitment to the pit




Posted by Митрополит Иларион Алфеев (Metropolitan Hilarion) on Monday, March 30, 2015

More on Blessed Bishop Budka

5th Lenten Sermon of Fr. Cantalamessa

Fr. Cantalamessa's 5th Lenten Homily 2015East and West Before the Mystery of Salvation

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Friday, March 27, 2015

Of course, he has some positive words about the Catholic Charismatic movement.

"The Catholic charismatic movement is one of the many fruits of the Second Vatican Council, which, like a new Pentecost, led to an extraordinary flourishing in the Church's life of groups and movements particularly sensitive to the action of the Spirit. . . . How many lay faithful—men, women, young people, adults and the elderly—have been able to experience in their own lives the amazing power of the Spirit and his gifts! How many people have rediscovered the faith, the joy of prayer, the power and beauty of the Word of God, translating all this into generous service in the Church’s mission! How many lives have been profoundly changed!"

His second and third sermons of Lent this year.

Archbishop Ganswein on Pope Francis

Archbishop Georg Ganswein: 'Pope Francis is Full of Surprises'In Interview with La Nacion's Elisabetta Pique, Prefect of the Pontifical Household Says Benedict XVI "Impressed" By Successor

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, March 30, 2015

Pope Francis on St. Teresa of Avila

Pope Francis said the life of St Teresa of Avila, characterized by “total self-giving to God,” is a “great treasure”...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pope: Saint Teresa of Avila is "A Teacher of Prayer"Sends Message to Discalced Carmelites for the Fifth Centenary of Spanish Mystic's Birth

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, March 30, 2015

Pope Begins 'Prayer for Peace With Saint Teresa'Address Letter to Order of Discalced Carmelites That Will Be Published on March 28th

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Thursday, March 26, 2015

God’s Martyr, History’s Witness by Father Athanasius McVay

Kyiv-Halych was present for the book launch, along with Bishop Borys Gudziak of Paris and Bishop Hlib Lonchyna of...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dr. Marshner on The Journey Home

From 2014

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Divine Liturgy 150330

Palm Sunday with the Bishop of Rome

Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square.His homily is at the link: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/03/29/pope_francis_palm_sunday_homily/1133038
Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, March 29, 2015

St. Mary of Egypt

Each of you knows that when we do not have any particular needs, when everything is just fine, our prayer begins to grow...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Sunday, March 29, 2015

If we were in that mood we would, when we come to the doors of the church, be, however little, like Mary of Egypt. We...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Sunday, March 29, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pope Francis on Mar Dinkha IV

Pope Francis has sent his condolences upon learning of the death of the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Dinkha IV.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, died on Thursday at the age of 79.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, March 27, 2015

Assyrian Patriarch Passes Away in MinnesotaIraq Native Patriarch Dinkha IV Brought Stability, Peace to a Church in Turmoil

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Friday, March 27, 2015


Pope Francis Sends Condolences for Death of Assyrian Patriarch of the EastRecalls His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV's Enduring Commitment to Improving Relations Among Christians

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, March 30, 2015

A Discussion of Iconographic Tradition


While in the past I may have been wary of the nouvelle théologie to one degree or another, their attempt to re-engage with the Church Fathers was praiseworth in intent, if not in execution. In the last year I've gradually drifted away from "Thomism of Strict Observance," not that I ever really considered myself a member of that school of Thomistic theology, though I was willing to read its texts. Having had a chance to delve into the Church Fathers more in the last year, it may be time for me to re-evaluate nouvelle théologie the 20th century Ressourcement movement and its members. (I have been a fan of Fr. Bouyer for quite some time, so I am thinking more of the Jesuits.)

Ressourcement theology, aggiornamento, and the hermeneutics of tradition by Marcellino D'Ambrosio

“Ressourcement,” “Aggiornamento,” and Vatican II in Ecumenical Perspective by Eduardo Echeverria

A Theologian for Our Times – Rediscovering Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange

I didn't know the Salve Regina website is associated with the FSSP, though I had been aware of the website's existence not too long after it was created. "It figures."

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fourth Lenten Sermon of Fr. Cantalamessa

On Friday morning Pope Francis attended the Lenten sermon of the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Franciscan Father...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, March 27, 2015

On Friday morning the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa gave his fourth Lenten sermon in the Mater Redemptoris chapel in the Vatican.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, March 27, 2015

Santa Teresa de Jesús

Rorate Caeli: On the 5th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Catholic Reformer - Guest-post by Don Pietro Leone

Vida, Obra, Oración

More icons of the Carmelite saints would be beneficial for the West.

St. John Chrysostom Church, York, PA

Brandon writes: I thought I would share a couple pictures from my home parish in Pennsylvania! I always love seeing...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, March 27, 2015


Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Syro-Malankara Eparchies

Pope Francis on Thursday erected the new Eparchy (diocese) of St John Chrysostom of Gurgaon and a new Apostolic...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, March 26, 2015

A New Dominican Saint

A new Dominican saint . . . Praised be Jesus Christ!

Posted by Western Dominican Vocations on Tuesday, March 24, 2015


The student brothers of the Provinces of France and England meet at Oxford. Please pray for Dominican vocations and for all our brothers in formation throughout the world.

Posted by Western Dominican Vocations on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vocation Directors, Novice Masters, and Student Masters from the four U.S. Provinces, England, Ireland, and...

Posted by Western Dominican Vocations on Sunday, March 22, 2015

Vocation Directors of the four U.S. Provinces and the Provinces of England, Ireland and Argentina at the Interprovincial Formators' Meeting.

Posted by Western Dominican Vocations on Friday, March 20, 2015

Η προσευχή και η νηστεία απαραίτητα στοιχεία, εφόδια στην πνευματική πορεία μας προς την Βασιλεία του Θεού.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Help my unbelief.

I believe, help my disbelief! Lord have mercy on me!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

60 Minutes Story on Christian Persecution

The persecution of Christians is compared to the Holocaust. How long will the persecution of Christians in the Middle East continue?

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gossip? Someone Needs to Squelch the Cardinals, Then.

GENERAL AUDIENCE: On Praying for the Synod on the Family"All the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, priests, men and women...

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pope At General Audience: Synod of Bishops Needs Prayers, Not GossipLeads Faithful in Prayer for Synod on the Family in...

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Another icon of the Holy Family, "Byzantinized" with the Greek--

Here is the prayer recited by Pope Francis at today's General Audience for the Synod on the Family.

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Feast of the Annunciation

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A New Sui Iuris Church

Another Western Saint in Need of an Icon Depiction?

Quote for March 24th"He who trusts himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things."- St Alphonsus Liguori

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Also to be published by CUA Press in April 2015

Knowing the Natural Law: From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts
Steven Jensen

The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology
Thomas Joseph White, OP

Keith Lemna

He has written on Fr. Bouyer; perhaps he would be interested in a conference on Bouyer?

faculty page

Rev. Louis Bouyer: A Theological Giant | An Interview with Dr. Keith Lemna

"Perhaps the most fruitful terrain for future study of his thought at this point would be in comparing his work with Newman, say, or with that of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Balthasar, near the end of his life, placed his own thought in the "school" of Bouyer and the biblical scholars Heinz SchŸrmann and Heinrich Schlier. He distinguished this "school," all of whose adherents were rooted in biblical theology, from Henri de Lubac's ressourcement theology, with which Balthasar has generally been associated. The coherence between Bouyer's thinking and Newman's is worthy of its own special study. Moreover, only Pope Benedict XVI rivals Bouyer in being both a theologian and a scholar of liturgy. There is much that needs to be said regarding the uniquely liturgical theologies of both of these great men of the Church."

philpapers: "Louis bouyer's sophiology: A balthasarian retrieval," Heythrop Journal 52 (4):628-642 (2011)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Services for Fr. Thomas Hopko

Encyclical on Environmentalism to be Reviewed

Pope Francis To Review Encyclical on Ecology This WeekPontiff's Schedule Expected to Be Light, Says Vatican Spokesman

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, March 23, 2015

Mariology as Theological Anthropology: Louis Bouyer on Mary, Seat of Wisdom.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Divine Liturgies, 150322

The Courage of Dietrich von Hildebrand

Crisis Magazine: Waging War against Hitler

Widow of a Martyr Speaks

Localism in Evangelization

Building Musical Bridges


Still a Bugaboo for Latin Traditionalists

Rorate Caeli: Colloquium on Religious Liberty in Norcia

Even though plenty has been writing either reconciling Dignitatis Humanae with previous papal statements or arguing that previous papal statements were not part of Sacred Tradition.

Romanian Masters

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Feast of St. Benedict

March 14 on the Byzantine calendar.

Rorate Caeli: Fontgombault Sermon - Feast of Saint Benedict: "The Foundations of European Civilization are being destroyed by the liberally-minded."

Funeral for Fr. Thomas Hopko

Info at OCA.

Truncated video from today:

Do we speak of evil acts being blessings?

Blessing for the Church? How she handled it may be a blessing for the Church, but the act iself?

Interview with Archbishop Georg Gaenswein

Any Nuance?

A "New" Sui Iuris Church

Ordination of Archbishop Joël Mercier

Doing Some Reading on Sacrifice...

AntiphoN: Keith Lemma, Louis Bouyer’s Defense of Religion and the Sacred: Sacrifice and the Primacy of Divine Gift in Christian Liturgy

Friday, March 20, 2015

Discussion for the Sake of Discussion?

Chiesa: The Synod Market Index. Kasper Down, Caffarra Up

Six Monasteries

Fr. Matthew on Priesthood and Sacrifice

Fr. Matthew Baker: Priesthood and Sacrifice (Homily for Sunday of the Holy Cross)

Two More Lectures by Christopher Veniamin

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Memory Eternal.

Thomistic Circles: What is a Person?

Kasper on Francis, Again

How Pope Francis Sees the Church (via Pertinacious Papist)

Rethinking the Seminary

Seminaries: What Were and Are They For? by Fr. Anthony Perkins (via Byz TX)

Maxims for Christian Living by Fr. Hopko

Byzantine TX: 55 Maxims for Christian Living by the late Fr. Thomas Hopko

DSPT Aquinas Lecture 2015

St. Thomas Aquinas in Art & Legend by Michael Morris, OP

Embedded video can also be found here.

Fr. Thomas Hopko Has Passed

I will miss his series on Ancient Faith Radio

Jean Duchesne on Louis Bouyer

The second segment... "L'Esprit des Lettres accueille également Jean Duchesne pour son livre Louis Bouyer, édité chez Artège. L'auteur veut nous donner des clés de lecture pour comprendre et approfondir la pensée puissamment originale du père Louis Bouyer, souvent considéré comme l'un des grands théologiens du XXe siècle."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Eastern Christian Books: In Honour of Thomas Hopko

Eastern Christian Books: In Honour of Thomas Hopko: The news has been circulating for more than a week that the Orthodox presbyter and theologian Thomas Hopko is in his last days. I met him b...

Figuring Him Out?

Chiesa: Vatican Diary / The two-step of the Argentine pope

Perfectly in keeping with tradition when he talks about abortion, divorce, homosexuality. But also open to changes in doctrine and practice. An anthology that intensifies the mystery

Paschal Evangelism

Aidan Hart on Inculturation in Iconography and Fostering Creativity

From 2012: Towards Indigenous and Mature Liturgical Arts

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Double Jubilee for the Dominicans

Actuosa, Again

NLM: A Note on Participation: What Can We Learn from the Word Actuosa? by Peter Kwasniewski

Funny that he cites Fr. Bouyer: "Louis Bouyer's definition is therefore perfectly on target: “Participation in the liturgy is the reception of sacramental grace through a living faith illumined and enflamed by the liturgy itself.”" After all, Fr. Bouyer was no Latin traditionalist.

Interior participation is nonetheless founded upon intelligibility of the liturgy.

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Nectarios Orthodox Church, Charlotte, NC


Eritrean Orthodox Liturgy

Progress in the Spiritual Life

As one makes progress in the mystical life, do the different roles of the Persons of the Trinity become more apparent? And does one become more explicitly oriented to God the Father?

Holy Relics and the Deification of the Human Body by Christopher Veniamin

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Divine Liturgies, 150316

The Devotion to St. Joseph

Saint Josemaria and the Role of Saint Joseph in Christian Life

Devotion to St. Joseph and to the Holy Family - one can say that in the industrial west, with the loss of the family and misandry, there is a need for the devotion to St. Joseph as foster-father to Christ, husband to the Theotokos. Would it have gained such prominence if deification and supernatural adoption had remained at the forefront of Western spirituality, though? And we were thus properly engaged with Christ's and our relationship with God the Father? (Similarly, is devotion to the Holy Family as circumscribed as the Western devotion to the infant Christ at Christmas (which Louis Bouyer critiques in Liturgical Piety)?

Again, there may be a need now for St. Joseph as a role-model for men who wish to be good husbands and fathers. And perhaps depictions of the Holy Family, with Christ as a child, are not so out of place when we remember that icons of the Theotokos also have Christ depicted as a child. Is it part of Byzantine canon for St. Joseph to be depicted with the Christ child?

While there may be an older Latin devotion to St. John the Baptist comparable to the one in the East, it does not seem to be so prominent, at least in American churches?

The Importance of Devotion to St. Joseph

Shades of Truth

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tim King on Chiara Lubich


A Dubious Appointment

A review of Marini's A Challenging Reform by Peter Stravinskas.

Fast Tracked to Beatification?

St. Josemaria Institute Podcast

Opus Dei: New Prayer Resource

Talks and meditations by priests of Opus Dei. Recent additions include 3 talks on “Pope Francis: His Life and Papacy and the Synod on the Family,” and meditations for the Sundays in Lent.

CWR Interview with Tracey Rowland

A View From the International Theological Commission: An Interview with Tracey Rowland by John Paul Shimek (via Insight Scoop)

The Science of STII:TWOK

AICN: Copernicus On The Science Of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN!!

The One Christ

The One Christ: St. Augustine's Theology of Deification by David Vincent Meconi, SJ
Google Books

From earlier this year: Renowned Thomist Fr. Meconi Delivers Lecture to Christendom
At Steubenville: Being Transformed in Christ

He is currently editing a volume of essays on deification in the Latin tradition.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Eclectic Orthodoxy: Elder Sophrony on the Jesus Prayer

Adam DeVille Interviews Fr. John P. Manoussakis

Philosophy, Theology, and the Search for Unity: An Interview with John P. Manoussakis

AD: I was of course especially interested in your chapter on Petrine Primacy, and I genuinely appreciated your direct but courteous disagreement (fn. 26, p.31) with my proposal (in Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West Unity) for a permanent ecumenical synod, which I was modeling more on the "synodos endemousa" of Constantinople than the idea of a permanent ecumenical council which, following Zizioulas (with whom I agree) is indeed an event rather than an institution. Is there value for a permanent or standing synod around the one who exercises the Petrine primacy so that it does not become unilateral or unbalanced--that the papal "monarchism" of the past does not rear its head again?

That’s a good question. I think that the confusion here might be due to a certain equivocity. There are to different bodies that bear the designation of a synod: the synod of one particular Church, assembled around its primus or prōtos, and the ecumenical synod or council. The latter is indeed an event and not an institution and therefore it cannot be a permanent body. The former, however, is an institution and it is characterized by permanence. The difference is the following: the synod of a Church is comprised by hierarchs of that Church alone: a bishop who does not belong to that local Church cannot participate in it. While the ecumenical synod aspires to the maximum representation of all hierarchs of all local Churches (it is for this reason that no synod in the Orthodox Church has been designated as ecumenical after the separation from Rome). One needs to respect the difference of these two bodies, even though they both are synods of bishops. To create a hybrid third synod that would borrow the regularity of the local synod but also be comprised by hierarchs of other local churches, as in the case of an ecumenical council, is, in my view, problematic. Nevertheless, there is a point of cardinal importance implied in your suggestion which is the need to inscribe primacy within synodality (that is, the primus, even “the universal primus,” is always in reference to a synod) and, conversely, every synod (even the ecumenical synod) is headed by a primus. This principle, however, does not necessitate that the synod of the primus on the universal level be also a permanent synod: for whoever this primus is, he is also the primate who presides over the synod of his local church, and that is a permanent body of ecclesial governance. The risk of monarchism would be accentuated were we to grant to one primate the presiding role of two permanent synods at the same time, one of his local Church, the other of the universal Church.

Is the local or particular Church the national Church? Or the church of a "city," over which one bishop presides? Is it a mistake to think of the national Church as the "local" Church? I think so... especially when it comes to properly understanding the office of the primate (or patriarch) and the limits of his office.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

What if you had a conference and nobody cared?

Vatican event tackles tough question of women's role in church

White knights shielding a delusional woman:
The moment of female Islamic theologians has come, they are an antidote to extremists

Is she a recognized Muslim "theologian"? No, a Catholic one, teaching in Rome, not in Iran or in the Middle East:
"A theologian and professor of Islamic studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, Shahrzad Houshmand Zadeh studied Islamic theology in Qom and Teheran. In Italy she gained a degree in Catholic Theology from the Faculty of Theology in Reggio Calabria (South Italy). The mother of three has always been engaged in the field of Islamic-Christian dialogue. She is co-founder and president of an association called “Donne per la dignità” (“Women for dignity”) and has worked with Rome’s Inter-confessional Center for Peace (CIPAX) since 2005."

Just a fluff piece trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge. Vatican Insider loses respectability as any sort of outlet of critical journalism.

A Few More on Fr. Matthew

“We had the one, and we lost him”: Fr. Matthew Baker’s Significance in Orthodoxy

Naturally Human, Supernaturally God: Deification in Pre-Conciliar Catholicism

Fortress Press
"Naturally Human, Supernaturally God seeks to open a small window upon an interesting case of theological convergence between three of the most important theologians of the pre-Conciliar period of Catholic theology, Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P., Karl Rahner S.J., and Henri de Lubac S.J.,..."

Google Books

Lecture by Dr. Marcus Plested

First time I've come across this: The Dumb Ox and the Orthodox: A review of Orthodox Readings of Aquinas by Andrew Louth

Fr. Matthew would have been keen to follow any developments in the dialogue between Byzantine theology and Thomism...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

This Weekend

Sunday of the Steward

Communion with Christ

Writings and life of Edith Stein shed light on what "Communion with Christ" really means

Fr. Bouyer has high praise for the three 20th century Carmelite saints; maybe Sr. M. Regina van den Berg should do a book tour.

Voice of the Family Talk by Cardinal Burke

pdf (via Fr Z)

Be Careful of Who You Get in Bed With

Latins and Westerners have no problem saying this about Patriarch Kirill and Putin...

Towards a Baptismal Ecclesiology

Pope Addresses Members of Neocatechumenal Way

Biographer of Fr. Luigi Giussani


Still Pushing the Line of Human Dignity

Misapplication of Human Virtues to God?

Does God not reveal His glory in His creation? And even more so in the deification of men? (And of angels?)

Monday, March 09, 2015

This Week in Orthodoxy...

50 Years

NLM: Dom Alcuin Reid on the 50th Anniversary of Mass in the Vernacular by Gregory DiPippo
RC: The 50th Anniversary of Paul VI's First Italian Mass
Some hard truths about the "1965 Missal" and the Liturgical Reform

RC: Pope Francis on liturgical reform and Vatican II: no turning back

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Farewell, My Friend

May Our Eternal Priest bring you to the Father and bless us with His Spirit, bringing us to Him so that one day we meet again in Paradise.

Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη, Memory Eternal.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Cantalamessa on Evangeliii Gaudium

Ad Limina Visit of the North African Bishops

New Book on the Spiritual Teachings of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Insight Scoop: New: "Communion with Christ According to St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross"
Now available from Ignatius Press:
Communion with Christ According to St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross By Sister M. Regina Van den Berg

Ho Hum

Vatican Insider: Approval of new statutes has produced neither winners nor losers by ANDREA TORNIELLI
The internal debate over the powers to be attributed to the Secretariat headed by Cardinal Pell has led to a balanced result. Which can still be improved

Parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux to be Canonized

CNA: Saints in the Little Flower family grow as parents set for canonization

Martyrdom in the 21st Century

Chiesa: Saint Milad Saber and His Twenty Companions

Their story is the same as the Acts of the Martyrs of the first centuries. Killed by the sword of Islam out of pure hatred for their Christian faith

by Sandro Magister