BOOK REVIEWS:  Dark Agenda and Stranger in a Strange Land

BOOK REVIEWS: Dark Agenda and Stranger in a Strange Land

Two books layout today’s cosmic battle between Good and Evil and a Path Forward for Strength, Joy and Peace exceptionally well, as you’ll see below. Over the past year, Archbishop Carlo Vigano wrote a series of powerful letters addressing the evolving global formation of two opposing sides that he characterized as biblical, identifying the sides…

Tenebrae – a lesser known, beautiful part of the Easter Triduum for many – What is it?

Tenebrae – a lesser known, beautiful part of the Easter Triduum for many – What is it?

Celebrated by Catholic monasteries throughout the world and at many parishes, Tenebrae, which means “darkness” in Latin, focuses our attention on the sufferings and death of Our Saviour.  It takes place during the three days preceding Easter Day—Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday—with special psalms and ceremonies during  Matins and Lauds (the first two…

A Late Advent Message from The Lord

A Late Advent Message from The Lord

As the end of Advent approaches, the Office of Readings features some final admonitions from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. On the one hand they console; on the other, they challenge us to remain firm. Isaiah addressed a people in exile who still awaited the first coming of the Lord. Today, these texts speak…

COVID19, St. Damien and the Hierarchy

COVID19, St. Damien and the Hierarchy

So it’s been almost two months without the Sacraments.  In my parish, as ordered by our Bishop, there has been no Holy Mass, no anointing of the sick, no confession , no Eucharistic Adoration and little or no communication from the parish or the diocese except an email link to our parish bulletin and an…

HISTORY: German Catholics Fight for Religious Freedom

HISTORY: German Catholics Fight for Religious Freedom

It was perhaps the final insult for German statesman Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck and Duke of Lauenburg—who was known as Otto von Bismarck (view image to right, below). Ultimately this statesman is credited with masterminded the unification of Germany in 1871. He served as its first chancellor until 1890, in which capacity he…