Saint Jerome on Papal Primacy

From Letter 15, To Pope Damasus, written in A.D. 376 or 377. http://newadvent.org/fathers/3001015.htm Eight points jump out at me regarding this letter. 1. Saint Jerome affirms the primacy of the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. 2. He calls the Pope the successor of Peter and sits in the Chair of Peter. 3. He says the … Continue reading Saint Jerome on Papal Primacy

Memorial of Saint Ambrose

Sipping coffee this morning and realizing it was the Memorial of Saint Ambrose--the great 4th Century Bishop of Milan, baptizer of Saint Augustine, patron of bee keepers--I remembered this video by Bishop Robert Barron from a couple years ago. I hope you find it as thought provoking as I did.

Thoughts on the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Mass

One thing I’ve recently learned is that there are some strong opinions regarding the Ordinary vs. the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Novus Ordo vs. Latin Mass).  I’ve been having quite a few conversations with friends recently about the pros and cons regarding both. Recently, hanging with some friends over beer and ribs, the pro-Latin … Continue reading Thoughts on the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Mass

Is the History of Catholicism Like a Game of Chess?

None of my posts should be taken as any sort of “official” Catholic doctrine. I am a layman still trying to figure a lot of things out. This post should most certainly be taken with a large grain of salt. These are personal musings that I think are interesting enough to share. ------------------------------------------------------------------ How does … Continue reading Is the History of Catholicism Like a Game of Chess?

Russian Ark – a film by Alexander Sokurov

I just finished watching Russian Ark, the film by Alexander Sokurov. How can one describe this film?  Incredible.  Unbelievable.  Ambitious.  I'm not sure. It is an hour-and-a-half filmed in one single continuous take. The camera perspective is a man from modern times that wakes up in 18th Century Russia.  He meets a French aristocrat and … Continue reading Russian Ark – a film by Alexander Sokurov

The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church, edited by Dwight Longenecker – A Review

"I found myself on 11 November 1992, when the Church of England voted to ordain women, overwhelmed with a sudden and mysterious conviction of the truth of Roman Catholicism." So wrote Sheridan Gilley in his contribution to The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church, edited by Dwight Longenecker. In the same vein … Continue reading The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church, edited by Dwight Longenecker – A Review