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About Gertrude

Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium.

Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

from: The Monastery of Christ in the Desert (https://christdesert.org) By kind permission of the Abbot.   FIRST READING Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Thus says the Lord: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

from: The Benedictine Monastery of Christ in the Desert. By kind permission of the Abbot.   FIRST READING  1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.  Then the Lord … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

From The Benedictine Monastery of Christ in the Desert (https://christdesert.org) by kind permission of the Abbot.   First Reading              Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched:  Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne.  His clothing was … Continue reading

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The Church and the Darnel

CP&S: This post, from Dom Hugh at Douai Abbey I found both thrilling and chilling. I hope our readers will gain as much insight from todays Gospel as I have.   by Father Hugh Somerville-Knapman.O.S.B. (https://hughosb.com) When one gets a … Continue reading

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A word of greeting from Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, on the occasion of the funeral Mass of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, on 15th July 2017

In this hour, when the Church in Cologne and believers further afield take their leave of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, I am with them in my heart and thoughts and am pleased to acceed to Cardinal Woelki’s wish and address a … Continue reading

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Feast of St. Benedict

It is our privilege and our joy to celebrate each year two major feasts in honor of Our Blessed Father Saint Benedict: this first one occurs during the Lenten season, and the second beneath the ardent rays of the July … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (N.O.): Second Sunday after Pentecost (E.F.)

In many places, this Sunday features the (moved) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Our Lord. On a solemn feast like this many things occur that might be preached and taught. Here are three areas for reflection: … Continue reading

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Reflection for Pentecost: N.O. (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) and E.F.

The First Reading and the Gospel of Pentecost Sunday offer us two great images of the mission of the Holy Spirit. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles speaks of how, on the day of Pentecost, under the signs … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (N.O.) and the Fifth Sunday after Easter (E.F.)

  Sixth Sunday of Easter ( N.O.) Fr David Sanders comments on the ‘Benedict Option’ and calls us to go beyond that towards a ‘Dominican Option’.   How should the Church in the West face what is seen as a … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (N.O.) and Fourth Sunday after Easter (E.F.)

Fr Martin Ganeri looks to the destination of the Christian’s journey, and considers the roadmap that shows us how to reach it. When people want to make a journey by car these days to some place they have not been … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (N.O.) and Third Sunday after Easter (E.F.)

 Fr. Duncan Campbell O.P.  helps us to see how Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, communicates the presence of God to us. We say in the creed that Jesus is God. This wasn’t clear at all at first, even to his … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter (N.O.) Second Sunday after Easter (E.F.)

Third Sunday of Easter (A) Fr Fergus Kerr O.P. shows what must be done to understand Easter and what is yet to be done by us. The two disciples were on their way home,  husband and wife probably.  They were … Continue reading

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St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

April 28th is the the Feast day of that great Saint  St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. His Marian teachings have, to my mind, never been equaled, and if some of our readers, like me, are struggling through the Ninevah … Continue reading

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O felix culpa! Keeping the Vigil of Easter, pre-1955 style

For those of you who love Tradition, and are aware of the treasures that we have lost in the Church over the last decades,and are also too young to remember the pre-V2 liturgy this is a wonderful read.  I hope … Continue reading

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Cardinals’ Dubia and Papal Silence: The Silver Lining

from: Dom Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB (https://hughosb.com) The five questions, or dubia, submitted by Cardinals Caffarra, Burke, Meisner and Brandmüller to Pope Francis regarding his Apostolic Exhortation on family life, Amoris Laetitia, have been mentioned here before. Many commentators have expressed frustration that … Continue reading

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