church history

Would Jesus Recognize Catholic Worship?

2017-11-24T15:38:26-04:00November 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Some time ago I posted a picture of  worship at St Peter’s. There was a crowd of altar servers, robed clergy in procession and clouds of incense. Someone criticized, “Would Jesus recognize this as worship?” It sounded like a common misunderstanding of the roots of Catholic worship and the nature of Jewish worship in Jesus’ time. [...]

Auschwitz: Depth of Murder- Depth of Mercy

2017-11-21T17:54:31-04:00November 21st, 2017|Categories: Culture and Politics|Tags: , |

Pope Francis’ somber visit to Auschwitz last week brought the world face to face with the depth of humanity’s depravity and the depth of divine redemption. St Paul, wrote, “where sin is abounding. Grace is abounds even more.” In Fr Maximillian Kolbe’s cell in the the darkest dungeon of Auschwitz, Pope Francis, a figure robed in [...]

Liberalism and Listening to Luther

2017-10-08T20:14:54-04:00October 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Back in my Protestant days I can remember one of the big sticks to hit Catholics with was, "They believe in salvation by works!" Of course Luther and his gang were all for "salvation by faith alone" and both Catholic and Protestant theologians are converging in the common sense view that "we are justified by faith" [...]

Bath Abbey, England, UK

2015-12-23T16:05:55-04:00December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

Bath Abbey Bath Abbey is one of the most historic and unusual abbey churches in England. Situated in the middle of town and right next to the best preserved Roman Baths in the world, Bath Abbey was a Benedictine monastery in the Middle Ages. The church was re-built just before Henry VIII's revolution. The [...]

Carols at Christmas

2015-12-23T12:14:46-04:00December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

One of the delightful traditions of an English Christmas is the Carol Service. The traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols was pioneered at Kings' College Cambridge in 1918 to bring a more creative approach to Christmas Worship. The service has now spread across the Anglican world and is a Christmas tradition for Christians of many [...]

Solesmes Abbey

2015-12-15T08:07:55-04:00December 15th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

Solesmes Abbey, France Because of revolution, the Benedictine life in France had nearly died out. Dom Prosper Gueranger restored the life at Solesmes. The abbey was suppressed four times by the French government, but the community survived. In the early twentieth century the monks were forced into exile in England and established Quarr Abbey [...]

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