The Music of the Catholic Church

Seemingly simplistic or rigidly anachronistic, perhaps, the simple truth is that the Church’s music is basically Gregorian Chant. (The other forms of truly sacred music, such as polyphony and reverent hymnody, have grown directly out of it and are therefore closely related to chant.) When you play a CD of chant, what you are hearing…

Queen of Heaven, Pray for Us in 2015

 As we begin the new Year of Grace, 2015, with the observation of the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, I want to let you know I will be keeping all of you dear readers in my prayers to the Queen of Heaven. I will especially be praying for the sanctification and salvation of…

Latin and the Catholics

In old Catholic churches, you can see Latin decorating the ceilings and walls, painted on stained glass windows, and carved into the marble of high altars and side altars. Obviously, Latin was important to the people of these times and places. But any of us who have lived all or most of our lives after…

Why YOU Should Be a Traditionalist

Some people think of so-called Traditionalists as grumpy, nerdy, elitist, conspiracy-theorists who want to imprison other Catholics in the dreaded Middle Ages. The term “Traditionalist” describes those Catholics that value the “smells and bells,” that is, the fullness of Catholicism expressed in teachings and morality, traditions and prayers, and in the celebration of the liturgy. It’s really not scary and weird like people think.

6 Keys to Catholic Culture from the Age of Faith

I have a small ambition: I really want to change the world. I want to save it–or at least, the souls in it. I want to help rebuild and restore Christian culture. Are you with me? Of course, it’s an immense undertaking that will likely take millions of people, generations of effort, and a constant outpouring of God’s abundant…