The Tragedy in Paris and the Pax Benedictina
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Praying for the victims of a hatred so fierce is like descending into hell where Christ fought against Death and Evil. Our hearts are moved; our inmost thoughts are stirred with compassion. How are we even able to speak of peace in the face of this Dark Evil? What would St. Benedict say?   The…Read More

For as lightning cometh out of the east, and appeareth even into the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be (Mt 24:27)   I suppose there are those in every generation who think that their days are the last days, that they will see the end of the world and…Read More

During Eastertide, St. Augustine preached every year on the meaning of the 153 large fish that were miraculously caught by the apostles in the Sea of Galilee after the Resurrection of our Lord. The assembly in Hippo knew well this Gospel passage, but every year, they eagerly anticipated St. Augustine’s explanation of the numerology. Similarly,…Read More

On September 8th, the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Br. Augustine from Greenville, SC, USA professed his simple vows. He was given the name Augustine from his devotion to the 5th century Bishop of Hippo.   Br. Augustine is a young monk, having graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in 2013, and…Read More

NORCIA, ITALY – An international assembly of Catholic academics and theologians met in Norcia October 31 – November 1 to debate the interpretation of a key text from the Second Vatican Council.   American Cardinal Raymond Burke attended the conference, organized by the Norcia-based theological “Dialogos Institute,” and delivered its introductory address.   The document discussed, Dignitatis Humanae,…Read More

From the National Catholic Register:   When St. Benedict founded his famous abbey at Monte Cassino in 530, he aimed to sanctify his fellow men by the worship of God. It never occurred to him that his monastery would be a major step in the eventual formation of Christendom: the centuries in the later Middle…Read More

Regnare Christum volumus! We want Christ to reign! Today is the solemn feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King. In 1925 Pope Pius XI instituted this liturgical feast. Although the liturgical feast is relatively new, the concept of Christ as the king of heaven and earth is ancient and biblical. This feast is very…Read More

In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.   When St. Benedict establishes the order of prayer for Lauds and Vespers, he provides for the full recitation of the Our Father by the superior at the end of these offices, so that everyone can hear the prayer. This is important, says St. Benedict,  …Read More

Today’s Gospel presents the second of the Christ’s miracles in John’s Gospel: the healing of the son of a certain nobleman. Jesus restores the child using only the words: Go! Your son lives! and in that moment the fever left him, as the servants later told the nobleman. In this sign, we see concretely that…Read More

N.B. This homily was preached in Shreveport, Louisiana as part of a Norcia Sunday, where Fr. Benedict was invited to preach at all the Sunday Masses at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans. Providentially, this is the seventh anniversary of Fr. Benedict’s priestly ordination.   Today’s Gospel presents us with the stark words of Jesus…Read More