De Chantal’s Visitation

Jane Frances Fremiot (+1641) was a beautiful, refined young woman from Burgundy, betrothed to the Baron de Chantal at 21 years old; and a happy marriage it was, before the Baron was killed by an arquebus in a tragic hunting accident, leaving Jane a widow with four small children.
Yet she was resourceful, like the good wife of Proverbs, running her husband’s estate and finances prudently and well. Upon meeting the Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales, she adopted him as her spiritual director (after his death, she was guided by Saint Vincent de Paul, so she was fortunate!). After

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The Glory of Gregorian Chant

Our 9th annual Wojytla Conference just wrapped up, which went swimmingly well, this year’s theme being ‘The Splendour of Liturgy’. The three-day event began with an inaugural afternoon workshop and lecture by Dr. Aaron James, the Director of Music at the Oratory of Saint Phillip Neri in Toronto. He arrived well qualified, with doctorates in both musicology and musical performance (in organ), which our own music professor at Seat of Wisdom, Dr. Richard Heinzle, described, and I paraphrase, as remarkable.
We started after lunch on Thursday, with two sessions of fascinating, uplifting and edifying description of Gregorian chant, interspersed with participatory

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Good and Bad Choices

Please do pray for Sister Maria Immaculata, of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate, one the alumni from Seat of Wisdom College, a young woman who is preparing to make her final profession on the upcoming solemnity of the Assumption. A great gift to God, and an inspiration to us all.
And on the more tragic end of the spectrum, pray for the two young fugitives, accused of the murder of three people, who were recently found, apparently dead by suicide in northern Manitoba.
I will have more to say on the spate of mass murders, and what motivates individuals – invariably

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Hippolytus, Pontian, Pope and AntiPope

Just like Popes, anti-Popes come and go, sometimes even during their own lifetimes. Hippolytus is one such figure: The history is somewhat obscure, but he was a priest of Rome of rather rigorous views, who thought the hierarchy too lenient on repentant sinner – particularly apostates and adulterers, actually granting them absolution! Apparently, some sins merited hell unconditionally and irrevocably; but it seems he did not have the same scruple about schismatics, for Hippolytus sometime around 230 had himself elected ‘Pope’ against the true Pontiff, Pontian, whom we also celebrate today.
The schism continued until the persecution of Maximinus Thrax in

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