Four new canons of the Institute of Christ the King!

Dear friends

Please offer a prayer of Thanksgiving with me for our four new priestly canons!!

I’ll offer my usual “Te Deum, Anyone.”

I will assume the Institute’s main website will post more pictures later this week, but they did put a few here:

This year’s ordinations overseas was a little more meaningful to us as one of the canons ordained was our adopted seminarian, Abbé Canon Robert Vignaud.

Please pray for him as well as the other three canons ordained with him that they have a blessed priestly ministry.

Next stop, Saint Louis for four more to be ordained priests forever!

It has been ten (10) years…


As I was getting ready this morning for my day of jockeying a desk, I recalled that it was the beginning of July. July marks several things.

Obviously, our nation’s independence was declared over two centuries ago in July. These days, it would seem that independence from a multitude of other things needs to be declared.

Fireworks stands are setup a mere few feet from gas stations and/or bomb factories in neighboring counties.

We mourn the loss of our fifth child through miscarriage.

This July, however marks a decade (huh??) of one of the most difficult decisions I had to make as head of this here household.

The wife was frustrated with my waffling on what to do with our old parish situation. She asked me as head of the household to MAKE A DECISION. (“Who, me?”)

That decision led us to fully embrace the Traditional Latin Mass. My buddy Timman wrote similarly here:

The decade has passed by very quickly. I can hardly believe it!

Awhile back, I took my vast international readership on a trip down memory lane on this journey:


I am very grateful to many people on this journey. First and foremost, The wife. Her confidence in me to make this decision has brought nothing but graces to us all.

Secondly, our dear canons who tirelessly give us great generosity in their time shriving us and in spiritual direction.

Thirdly, to the many friends who took the time to teach us much about the Traditional Mass and sacraments and leading a much richer Catholic faith.

Finally, to Pope Benedict and others like Cardinal Burke who helped make this beautiful Mass more available for us all. I pray their successors do not destroy what they’ve done.

More from Dom Guéranger on Corpus Christi

When doing my spiritual reading today, I came across this gem from Dom Guéranger:

We recognize thee, O Bride of Christ, by this mark, that thou now lispest with us who are weak, thou who heretofore, didst sing so divinely with the strong; and that thou, who so long enjoyedst the peace and company of thy Spouse, art as ready and as powerful to meet and vanquish His enemies, now that they are filling His world. This struggling, this laboring, and yet misunderstood and blamed by an ever-increasing number of ungrateful children, thou wilt not abandon them; thou remainest, that thou mayest carry to the last of the elect the sacred Host which is to unite him with the great Sacrifice. Affectionate and generous mother! We will follow thee in thy militant career; through the laborious passes of the steep road which leads thee to thy eternal rest; we will follow thee because thou bearest with thee the treasure of the world. The bolder the attacks from heresy, and the more insulting the neglect or blasphemies of ungrateful children, the louder shall be the profession of our faith, the humbler our adorations, the warmer and truer the demonstrations of our love towards the sacred host.

Corpus Christi 2012

Let us pray for our shepherds. Lord, strengthen those who love thy Holy Church; grant those shepherds who intend to destroy thy Church, the grace of repentance.

Photo courtesy of PBR Photography,

A sermon on the history of Corpus Christi

Please watch / listen to this excellent sermon regarding the feast we will celebrate externally once again tomorrow.

(This sermon mentions a different St Juliana than whom I’ve written fondly of before. )

Adoro Te Devote

Adoro te devote, latens Deitas,
Quæ sub his figuris vere latitas;
Tibi se cor meum totum subjicit,
Quia te contemplans totum deficit.
Visus, tactus, gustus in te fallitur,
Sed auditu solo tuto creditur.
Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius;
Nil hoc verbo veritátis verius.
In cruce latebat sola Deitas,
At hic latet simul et Humanitas,
Ambo tamen credens atque confitens,
Peto quod petivit latro pœnitens.
Plagas, sicut Thomas, non intueor:
Deum tamen meum te confiteor.
Fac me tibi semper magis credere,
In te spem habere, te diligere.
O memoriale mortis Domini!
Panis vivus, vitam præstans homini!
Præsta meæ menti de te vívere,
Et te illi semper dulce sapere.
Pie Pelicane, Jesu Domine,
Me immundum munda tuo sanguine:
Cujus una stilla salvum facere
Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.
Jesu, quem velatum nunc aspicio,
Oro, fiat illud quod tam sitio:
Ut te revelata cernens facie,
Visu sim beátus tuæ gloriæ. Amen.

Prostrate I adore Thee, Deity unseen,
Who Thy glory hidest ‘neath these shadows mean;
Lo, to Thee surrendered, my whole heart is bowed,
Tranced as it beholds Thee, shrined within the cloud.
Taste, and touch, and vision, to discern Thee fail;
Faith, that comes by hearing, pierces through the veil.
I believe whate’er the Son of God hath told;
What the Truth hath spoken, that for truth I hold.
On the Cross lay hidden but thy Deity,
Here is hidden also Thy Humanity:
But in both believing and confessing, Lord,
Ask I what the dying thief of Thee implored.
Thy dread wounds, like Thomas, though I cannot see,
His be my confession, Lord and God, of Thee,
Make my faith unfeigned ever-more increase,
Give me hope unfading, love that cannot cease.
O memorial wondrous of the Lord’s own death;
Living Bread, that giveth all Thy creatures breath,
Grant my spirit ever by Thy life may live,
To my taste Thy sweetness never-failing give.
Pelican of mercy, Jesus, Lord and God,
Cleanse me, wretched sinner, in Thy Precious Blood:
Blood where one drop for human-kind outpoured
Might from all transgression have the world restored.
Jesus, whom now veiled, I by faith descry,
What my soul doth thirst for, do not, Lord, deny,
That thy face unveiled, I at last may see,
With the blissful vision blest, my God, of Thee. Amen.

Sights from my retreat – Part II with a #FAIL.

Sadly, the retreat center, as beautiful and as orderly as it is in most areas (which I attempted to capture here: ) was met with disorder and modernism infestation here in the dormitory chapel. Fortunately, there were no retreat events here. It would have been so distracting:




What do you bring?

Aliens? Something from Pink Floyd The Wall?

There was some junk on the altar too. I could have done without seeing this. One of my fellow retreat-goers failed to warn me of this monstrosity.  Our Lord resides in this mess. Fortunately, I found refuge in the main chapel as previously reported.

Sights from my retreat – Part 1

I had the great grace to recently attend a weekend retreat for the Society of the Sacred Heart, the Institute of Christ the King’s lay society. (More info here: It was an excellent weekend with conferences, High Masses and quiet time for recollection (yeah, I kept SOME quiet time, believe it or not.)

It was also very good to visit with friends from the other Institute apostolates as well as meet some new members of the Society.  I pray that these relationships continue to develop.

The retreat was held at the Mundelein Seminary grounds in Northern Illinois.  Here are a few signs of beauty, order and tradition:


Main Chapel: Ember Saturday Mass



Chapel Steps, looking towards Saint Mary’s Lake.





Our Lady of Lourdes in a grotto.



Saint George.



Saint Cecilia…whom I believe #1 daughter will choose for her Confirmation name.



From the choir loft.



Perfect liturgical order – Trinity Sunday Solemn High Mass.


Yours truly with Institute Vicar General, Monsignor Schmitz.

The Feast of Corpus Christi

Alas…my favorite feast day is upon us once again…Holy Mother Church recognizes my opinion on this feast and therefore allows us to celebrate it twice in the TLM…once today and then once again, externally, on Sunday.  :-)


Yesterday, I read in Dom Guéranger ‘s The Liturgical Year, the following Matins antiphon:

Let us adore Christ, the King, who ruleth the nations: who giveth fatness of spirit to them that eat him.

I love this feast because it’s just so darn Catholic and the procession is such a fitting way to proclaim the social Reign of Christ the King in our city and around the world.





Corpus Christi 2013

Photo courtesy of PBR Photography,