True Fatherhood

It irks me when people say St. Joseph wasn’t Jesus’s true father. He was and he is! Even Mary referred to him as his father, e.g., “Behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.”(Lk 2:48) In their culture, Joseph was considered his father in every way, as such a father should be today. Yes, he is not the […]

O Euchari by St. Hildegard von Bingen, Doctor of the Church

This is the first verse of a chant written by St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), in honor of St. Eucharius, one of the 72 close disciples of Christ. The words in Latin & English follow: O Eucharius, you walked a joyous roadwhere you stayed with the son of God,touching him, and seeing his miracles that […]

What Is True Love? (The 4 Loves)

As (hopefully) the first in a series, this is a Theology / Religion, Biblical Greek, and Life lesson on the most important thing in the universe: Love. Known as “the 4 loves”, these 4 of the many (17ish) ancient Greek words for “love” show us important distinctions between common “loves” that we often just call […]

Treasures of the Faith, Part 10: O Gloriosa Virginum, the Hymn St. Anthony of Padua Asked His Friar Brothers to Sing as He Died

“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy. […] The Church recognizes Gregorian chant as being […]

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“Fac mecum sicut scis et vis, scio enim quod Amator sis.”

(Do with me as You know and will; for, I know what a Lover You are.)

– St. Augustine of Hippo