Sunday, September 17, 2017

Philadelphia, USA

Read the Life of Michelangelo

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."  -Michelangelo

Aquinas is My New Favorite Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley

Science and God

Meanwhile, students who openly believe in God are ridiculed on our college campuses.  Bible-based religions affirm a morally judging God. For the left, that is anathema. For the left, the only judging allowed is leftists' judging of others. No one judges the left — neither man nor God.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula RIP

A great theologian, pastor, administrator, bioethicist, liturgy enthusiast and diplomat has passed before us.

He would also want to be remembered as a great pro-life warrior, always quick to defend the rights of preborn humans.  And a lover of all things Catholic, especially the Classical Roman Liturgy. 

On Holy Thursday the great Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula passed away after a courageous five year battle with cancer.

I am still in a state of shock.  It seems like just yesterday his mother died (she had seen Pius XII on his 1934 trip to South America).  I am almost fearful Monsignor will see this blog post and laugh. 

Monsignor Barreiro was a close friend and a devoted follower of this blog.  My first Traditional Mass in Rome was with him at Santa Maria della Pace in Trastevere in 1998.

I later attended his Sunday Mass at San Giuseppe Capo le Case, near the Spanish Steps.  

Born in Uruguay, Monsignor was the product of the finest Catholic education.  He spoke many languages.  I can still remember seeing him at a luncheon in the Rome resort town of Santa Marinella as he spoke many languages at once!

Monsignor had been a diplomat in the foreign service of Uruguay for some years until he was forced into exile after a coup d'état of his government.

After working at the U.N., he entered the seminary in New York and was ordained priest in 1987 by John Card. O'Connor at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC.

In 1998 Monsignor did something great for the Church when he opened the wonderful Rome office of Human Life International - a beacon of light - which is still in operation today.  

As a graduate student in Rome, I frequented his office where he had established a wonderful library and study room for students.  Most of the books were in English and covered various subjects, including bioethics and morals.

There was always a stack of The Latin Mass Magazine, which he was a contributor.     

I always enjoyed a visit.  When his office door was open, it meant you could say hi.  When it was closed, you knew he was busy.  Some days, the entire office was full of cigar smoke, which reminded us of the South America of his youth in the 1940s.    

At noon Monsignor was fond of inviting all those present into his office to pray together the Angelus. 

The wall behind his desk, jokingly called the "wall of fame," was covered in his diplomas and awards, including his two doctorates, the one in the center a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.  Another framed document was his membership in the Confraternity of St. Peter and another his being named a prelate of honor during the reign of John Paul II.  

Once on a train ride into Rome, Monsignor joked that he belonged to a South American diocese he had never been to.  We all laughed. 

Over the years Monsignor helped a lot of people.  His greatest gift was sound advice, prudence and action.  Sometimes this meant counseling young couples, or mentoring lonely expats.  He was always lending a friendly hand to help those in need.  Once he even paid for a mutual friend's dental bill.

Greatly devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass, he was not well coordinated in the sanctuary.  However, he was brilliant and his sermons, delivered in Italian, were stirring and delivered with great gusto and interesting collocation. 

Oh, how I will miss seeing him walking the streets of Rome in his cassock and rain coat, wearing his cap, carrying his umbrella and looking out from those thick glasses.  He was the only priest I saw at every pro-life event.

A friend of popes, cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns, the laity, students, the unborn, the Latin Mass movement and all in need of help, may this great man rest in peace.  Hopefully one day he will be canonized and declared a patron saint of the unborn and of graduate students in Rome.      

Famous French Choir from Paris in Malta on Pilgrimage

All Beer Should Be Made by Monks

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

(EOHSJ) Custom Tours: Your Lieutenancy’s Pilgrimage

  Join us as we visit the very foundations of the Order in Jerusalem, where our predecessors provided both hospitality and defense for pilgrims. In addition to visiting a specially chosen charity of the Order in Palestine, we will follow the life and ministry of Jesus as we travel from Galilee up to Jerusalem. 

Psalm 121 (122): 1-6
"I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord.  Our feet were standing in thy courts, O Jerusalem.  Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together. For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord: the testimony of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord.  Because their seats have sat in judgment, seats upon the house of David.
  Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem: and abundance for them that love thee."

Value of a Soul

Celebrating “Summorum Pontificum” • FSSP in Los Angeles

Monday, September 11, 2017

Annual Marie Reine du Canada Walking Pilgrimage in Quebec

My latest article, on the terrific 4-day walking pilgrimage (camping 3 nights) in the Medieval tradition - hiking through some of the most beautiful rural land in North America.

Sacred Music Being Preserved

Crown of Thorns in Paris

Did you know you can venerate the crown of thorns at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris?

Public veneration of the crown of thorns and the relics of the passion are the First Friday of every month and every Friday during Lent at 3:00 p.m.

See the new official website of Notre-Dame for more details:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Poisoned Battle of Lepanto Cross that Pius V Went to Kiss and Was Saved

The Dominican Pontiff Pius V was known to frequently kiss the feet of this cross that belonged to him.

During the Battle of Lepanto, at his home in the Vatican, he noticed the leg came off, alerting him something was not right.

The cross had been poisoned.

The intent was to kill the Pope when he kissed it.

This great relic is now kept safe by the Passionists in Rome.

It was an honor to pray here and to hear the story. 

Pope St. Pius V, pray for us! 

Be Other-Wordly

In Memoriam: Great Defender of the Family


Source: thank you, Rodolfo!

Latest Global Pilgrim Article: Le Barroux Abbey

RIP Cardinal Caffarra: AD 1938 - 2017

Carolus S.R.E. titulo S. Joannis Baptistæ Nationis Florentinorum in Urbe Presbyter Cardinalis Caffarra.

Natus Buxeti Kalendis Juniis A.D. MCMXXXVIII obiit Bononiæ die 6 mensis Septembris A.D. MMXVII.

Requiescat in pace.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Boy Dies & Returns From Afterlife

Praying for the Canonization of Venerable Pius XII

Thank you for another great design, dear Summer!

Catholic France Pilgrimage Tour 2018

FYI: We are finalizing the last details of our exciting Catholic France tour as an add-on after the annual Chartres walking pilgrimage...May 2018.  Stay tuned for details. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Catholic Pilgrimage Tour to Malta: 2019

Mark your calendars.  Feast of St. Paul in Malta.  Jan. - Feb. 2019.  The tour will coincide with the feast in honor of the shipwreck of St Paul, recorded in Acts 27-28.  The feast marks the arrival of St Paul to Malta, where Paul cured many sick and was honored with many marks of honor.  Join us on this unforgettable "Knights Tour."  St. Paul writes:  "And the natives showed us no little kindness, for they kindled a fire and refreshed us all (Acts. 28: 1-2). 

Pilgrimage Tours for Religious Orders of Nuns

As experiences make the trip, make everything that you do as a religious order unforgettable.

Visit as a group the tomb of your founder or foundress.  Allow us to bring you there.   

Catholic Pilgrimages

Vatican Radio in English

Of all dramatic media, radio is the most visual. Tune into Radio Vaticana:

Happy Labor Day!

Some things you just can’t place a value on. Travel is one such thing. And honoring the laborer. And Bavarian beer. Did you know Hofbräu München beer is a favorite of Pope Benedict?

Living Catholic Culture in North Dakota

I have spent years of my life along the US-Canada border.  God's country.  So nice to see these little communities flourishing.  

And so pleased and thrilled to see my relatives serving Mass here in North Dakota!  Bismark has become a little beacon of Catholic culture.  I am beaming with pride to see my nephews learning the Roman rite, in the footsteps of their ancestors.   

I studied in Rome with the priest.  Congratulations to this lovely little community.  And keep up the very fine work of education in this area of sacred liturgy.

In a time when many liturgies - thanks to a deplorable arbitrariness in liturgical practice - do not fulfill the pastoral goal of dignity in the liturgy, here we see a fine example of the best that the Roman rite has to offer.  For Latin rite Catholics, only the Extraordinary Form possesses a mature Christian musical culture.

The liturgical reform brought an irreparable loss of the whole musical art in the liturgy of the Roman rite.

The other rites did not suffer this loss as we did.  Pope Pius X rates the pastoral value of Gregorian chant and polyphony so highly that he dedicated his first papal letter, the Motu proprio, Inter Pastoralis Officii Sollicitudines, Nov. 22, 1903, entirely to the subject of sacred music.  Please, everyone, read this document (the official Vatican site does not have it available in good thing we have taught our kids Latin:

See the article on the North Dakota Mass with photos here:

Friday, September 1, 2017

RIP Minnesota Catholic Blogger Ray Marshall: AD 1942 - 2017

A very nice man.

God reward him.

In your charity kindly offer a prayer for the repose of his soul.  

May his memory be eternal!