Mentor Four: St. Crispin St. Crispin–patron of cobblers–may be an odd choice, I know. But Crispin is less a choice for his example to us as a holy man, though he was a saintly and faithful bishop, and more a nostalgic choice and a call to communio as Catholic men. A bit of background: A … Continue reading Our Mentors: St. Crispin
Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. For some reason, this has always been one of my favorite feast days in the liturgical year. There is the obvious incarnational aspect of the feast–since this is the first time in the year when we celebrate Christ taking on flesh. It is also a very pro-life feast, … Continue reading Feast of the Annunciation
Father James Schall discusses his newest book at the Catholic Information Center site. His book collects various writings from his career that give a picture of what it means to think as a Catholic. If you've read Fr. Schall, you know that he always thinks with the mind and the heart of the Church. This … Continue reading Fr. Schall on Thinking Like a Catholic
Thanks to Zenit, we have the text of Pope Benedict's homily from vespers of the Feast of St. Joseph. May we all strive to be "faithful and wise servants" in our families and vocations: Dear Brother Cardinals and Bishops, Priests and Deacons, Consecrated Brothers and Sisters, Friends from other Christian Confessions, Dear Brothers and Sisters! … Continue reading Feast of St. Joseph
Patron of a Happy Death Saint Joseph, how fitting it was that at the hour of your death Jesus should stand at your bedside with Mary, the sweetness and hope of all mankind. You gave your entire life to the service of Jesus and Mary; at death you enjoyed the consolation of dying in Their … Continue reading St. Joseph Novena, Day Nine
Helen Alvare, a law prof at George Mason in D.C., has this article about the role of fathers in the family and society. I appreciate in particular the section at the bottom on the need for "father conscious" men who act and think like fathers in their lives outside the family. Imagine what would happen … Continue reading What's a Father For?