The Epiphany Cake on the Twelfth Day of Christmas

John Paul Sonnen

January 6, 2022

“The kings of Tharsis and of the islands shall offer presents, alleluia. The kings of Arabia and of Saba shall bring gifts, alleluia.” —Roman Ritual, Blessings at Meals on Epiphany and Octave (cf. Psalm 71 (72): 10). On January 6, the annual feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord is celebrated as an extension of…

The Best Resource for Teaching Boys to Serve the Latin Mass

John Paul Sonnen

January 5, 2022

“If boys won’t learn, men won’t know.” -Msgr. R.J. Schuler, PhD One of the most important resources for families that attend the Traditional Latin Mass is How to Serve (published by TAN Books), an excellent book by Dom Matthew Britt, O.S.B. Dom Matthew was a Minnesota-born Benedictine priest ordained in 1901 for St. Martin’s Abbey…

Five Inspiring Reads to Pour Your Soul Into for 2022

Krista Thomas

December 31, 2021

“A man’s character is shown by the books that he reads.” -Fr. Lasance (My Prayer Book) With the joy of Christmas continuing through the New Year, one important aspect on the minds of many is the making of resolutions. A rite of passage for many of us, we resolve to counter vices with temperance or…

The Special Privilege of Three Masses on Christmas

John Paul Sonnen

December 30, 2021

“The custom of saying three Masses on this day is also very ancient, and recalls to our minds the threefold birth of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity – His eternal birth from the Father before all ages, His temporal birth in Bethlehem, and His spiritual birth in the souls of men.” –The Catholic…

A Famous Christmas Carol Written by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Natalie Hudson

December 29, 2021

All Catholics should know of St. Alphonsus Liguori’s (1696-1787) famous Christmas hymn he penned as a young priest entitled, Tu Scendi dale Stelle. The song can be heard here, performed by Luciano Pavarotti in Vienna, Austria. St. Alphonsus was an Italian bishop from the Kingdom of Naples who was a prolific writer and thinker with…

Welcoming Advent in the Home as a Pre-Christmas

Mary Harrell

December 16, 2021

Advent is here and soon enough Christmas will be upon us! It has always been the aim of the Church to cause her children to reflect and prepare in a special way during this holy season. Mothers can sympathize with the secular mythology surrounding Ol’ Saint Nick–that of a fairyland workshop bursting with harried elves…

Benedict XVI and the Call to Holiness

Joseph Pearce

December 15, 2021

When all is said and done, it’s all about good and evil. Those, like Nietzsche, who say otherwise are themselves evil. And, as Solzhenitsyn reminds us, the battle between good and evil takes place in each individual human heart. There is, therefore, no escaping this battle because it is being fought within our very core,…

What Think You of Poetry?

John Paul Sonnen

December 7, 2021

“The influence of the classical tradition is even more clearly discernible in the rise of the new Christian poetry.” -Christopher Dawson The Catholic Church has long been the mother of poets no less of saints.  The Church through the centuries has taken great interest in poetry, reflected in her poetic rites and rituals, liturgical edifice,…

Fostering Catholic Culture: Celebrating the Feast of Saint Nicholas

John Paul Sonnen

December 6, 2021

“O God, Who didst adorn blessed Nicholas, Thy bishop, with miracles unnumbered, grant, we beseech Thee, that by his merits and prayers we may be delivered from the fires of hell.” –Roman Missal, Collect for Feast of St. Nicholas One of the most beloved of saints is St. Nicholas of Myra, an early Christian bishop…

The Blessed Boon of Homeschooling

Colleen Roy

November 26, 2021

My Andrew used to twirl himself upside down on the couch, so that his feet hung over the back, while I tried to teach him his phonograms. His sense of obedience kept him on the couch, but his restless body just needed to move. In the end, it was Cheerios that taught him to read. …

Homeschooling Along the Path to Eternal Life

Amanda Evinger

November 23, 2021

When you first hold your sweet-smelling newborn baby in your arms, nestling your heart to theirs, it doesn’t take long to realize that you are holding a sublime sign of hope for the world. Their baptized soul radiates the infinite, undying mercy of God the Father; their eyes hold the capacity to discover life’s marvels;…

Why Gregorian Chant is Supreme (Part II)

John Paul Sonnen

November 22, 2021

As a new generation of Catholics is rediscovering the patrimony of Gregorian chant and realizing that it belongs to them in a specific way as part of their inheritance, they are flocking to the Latin Mass, with music as a major catalyst.  Many are turning to Vatican Council II for guidance, which not only authorizes…

The Month of All Souls: 5 Ways Catholics Honor Their Dead

John Paul Sonnen

November 10, 2021

“All nations honor their dead. Whether enlightened by faith or groping in error, all strive to keep alive the memory of those whom death has taken away.”  -Fr. John Sullivan, Catholic theologian Love of the departed and a desire to perpetuate their memory is found in every land and culture, both pagan and civilized.  Along the…

Restoring Prayer in the Home

Conor Gallagher

November 9, 2021

When your child was young, you taught your little one how to go to sleep, brush his teeth, pray, and so on. But have you trained your child to arise from slumber? Have you taught your son or daughter a Morning Offering to be said directly upon waking? Is this any harder than teaching your…

Why Beauty Matters

John Paul Sonnen

October 28, 2021

“The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb.” —Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger Catholics have long found solace in the contemplation of beauty. In fact, it could be said we mortals are dependent on beauty for life….

Why Gregorian Chant is Supreme (Part I of II)

John Paul Sonnen

October 25, 2021

“How I wept in hearing Thy hymns and canticles, touched to the quick by the voices of Thy well-beloved Church!  The voices flowed into my ears and Thy truth distilled into my heart, whence the affections of my devotion overflowed, and tears ran down, and happy was I therein.”  -St. Augustine (Confessions, IX) Sacred liturgy…

The Fair Beginning of a Time: Brave Knights

John Paul Sonnen

October 11, 2021

“Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.” —C. S. Lewis Let us go back to the days of chivalry, of brave knights and their lady loves, of bold adventure…

The Catholic Response to Moral and Religious Deterioration

John Paul Sonnen

October 1, 2021

“All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.” —Flannery O’Connor The Christian is called to heroism wherever and whenever he lives, at least what we would call heroism today. Its real name is simply Christian duty.  This duty calls for an active response to grace, a transformation of…

Before Time (Part I)

Conor Gallagher

Your humility had no beginning, O Lord, for You had no beginning.  You were eternally begotten from Your Father.  Your very essence is that of Son to the Father.  Your humility, therefore, is wrapped up in Your very being, for You have always subjected Yourself as Son to the Father in humble obedience, in loving…

On Discerning the Treasury of Sacred Music

John Paul Sonnen

“Cantare amantis est (singing belongs to one who loves).” —St. Augustine It is a matter of fact that in the vast majority of Catholic parishes the liturgical music is abysmal. This is a decades-old dilemma that is still menacing the Church across the globe, the aftermath of the 1960s modernist purge that announced itself as…