The 15 most awe-inspiring space images of the decade…

The field of astronomy this decade delivered an embarrassment of riches: stunning accomplishment after stunning accomplishment from the exploration of space. Humans sent robots to the farthest reaches of the solar system, to the sun, to the gas giant Jupiter, and more. Meanwhile, our telescopes peered deeper into the cosmos. They showed us images never seen before…

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On the Feast of the Holy Family, the biblical teaching on marriage and family…

It is not difficult to demonstrate that most of our modern problems center around struggles and misunderstandings regarding marriage, sexuality, and the family. Collectively as a nation and the culture, we have departed significantly from the teachings of God and common sense, when it comes to our thinking and behavior regarding these three fundamental pillars…

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Why Catholicism’s two traumas of the 2010s didn’t draw the same attention…

Suppose that, looking back at the close of a decade, there were two great narratives about a given group of people, one a tale of scandal and dark deeds coming to light, the other a story of suffering, victimization, and vulnerability. Suppose, further, that the former storyline dominated global headlines, finishing as one of the most covered stories of the decade along with Donald Trump and climate change…

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Pope Francis asks families to put down their phones on Holy Family Sunday…

On feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged families to get off their cell phones and talk to one another. “In your family, do you know how to communicate with each other, or are you like those kids at the table — each one has their own cell phone, chatting? In that table there is a silence as if they were at Mass…

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On the Value of Silence before the Great Mystery of the Incarnation.

Something at Christmas urges me (a man of many words) to write of holy silence. Perhaps it is due to one of the great Christmas antiphons, which speaks of the birth of Christ as a magnum mysterium (a great mystery). During Mass recently, the words of Zechariah came to my mind:

Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord … Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling (Zechariah 2:11, 13).

There is a common idiom: “Words fail me.” It is in this context that we can best understand God’s call to fall silent before the mystery of the Lord’s incarnation. Notice in the passage above that the call to silence follows the call to “sing and rejoice.”

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Corpus Christi

This post was intended for the feast of Corpus Christi, but Divine Providence had other designs!

Our Lord gave us wonderful weather for His feast, even though it had not been forecast to be so, so we took full advantage of it to take Him in procession to view the Monastery.

 In 2014 some of the brethren visited the Abbey of Thoronet, in France.  It is an old Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1176.  The Abbey was closed during the French Revolution and is now a museum.  The chapel has the most amazing acoustic — an echo of 9 seconds!

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