Who Is Sister Mary Wilhelmina OSB?

From Fr. David:  Mary Elizabeth Lancaster was born on the 13th of April 1924 in St. Louis, MO.  She entered Benedictine religious life as a teenager.   Later in life, Sr. Mary Wilhelmina founded the traditional congregation Queen of Apostles.  There, she died on 29 May 2019.  Four years later, on 18 May 2023, she was exhumed and found incorrupt.  (Incorrupt means minimal corruption to a deceased body, and this is normally seen as a sign of God affirming great sanctity in the life of the deceased.)  The following guest post is written by Mother of Wildlings, @ravenousreader. Who was Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster? Most Catholics know her as the “Incorrupt Missouri Nun," but what was she like? She was an amazing woman who came from a pious family. She was born in St. Louis in 1934. She endured segregation and [...]

By |June 1st, 2023|

Spiritual Warfare in the US Military

From Fr. David Nix:  Robert Green was my parishioner when I was a parochial vicar at a traditional parish on the East Coast.  As the inside cover of his new book reads, Robert "has become one of the Navy's most vocal figures in the fight against the unlawful implementation of the military COVID-19 vaccine mandate.  Banned from his building and fired from his position leading a 650-person unit, he is the author of numerous impactful internal Navy complaints, multiple whistleblower reports to Congress, and a key source of evidence for ongoing Federal Court cases related to the military vaccine mandate."  Following Memorial Day, I believe this blog was best to honor our most loyal servicemen. Guest article, by Robert A. Green Jr.: For the secular powers of this present darkness, it is no longer sufficient for a service member (or [...]

By |May 30th, 2023|

A Tale of Two “Sisters”

As much as I dislike placing a blasphemous image of a "Sister of Perpetual Indulgence" (top left) next to a real saintly nun (Sister Mary Wilhelmina Lancaster OSB above to the right) it has to be more than coincidence that the two biggest stories in the US Catholic world this week both have to do with women religious.  The top left is a group of men mocking female-religious in Los Angeles.  The top right is a real Benedictine foundress of a female congregation found incorrupt in Missouri just this week, May 2023. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI henceforth, also top left pic) are a group of men who dress up in the drag of traditional Catholic female religious attire.  Once dressed up as half-nun and half-demon, they mock Our Lord, Our Lady and even sacrilege the Mass in public acts.  Catholic [...]

By |May 25th, 2023|

How to Offer Yourself at Holy Mass

As many of you know, the three parts of sacrifice as found in both the Old Testament and New Testament is 1) The offering and 2) The slaying and 3) the consummation of the victim. Regarding the second of those three, most of the Catholic world is unaware that the dual-consecration of the body and the blood entails the slaying. St. Gregory Nazianzus wrote, "The priest sunders with unbloody cut the body and blood of the Lord, using his voice as a sword." Keep in mind that St. Gregory was the Archbishop of Constantinople in the 4th century. That means he is very early and very Eastern in Church history, so even an Eastern Father like St. Gregory highlights the sacrificial nature of the Holy Sacrifice being found in the separation of the body and the blood of Jesus. This [...]

By |May 23rd, 2023|

“I Will See You Again.”

A little while, and you will see me no longer, and again a little while and you will see me.—St. John 16:16 John 16 is one of the most intimate chapters of the New Testament. Jesus has just washed the feet of the Apostles (chapter 13) and then we have several chapters of Him explaining at the Last Supper the Father's love for the Son and the Son's love for His own Apostles. This is just before the arrest of Jesus Christ. As most of you know, St. John spends nearly half of his Gospel on the Triduum prayer and the Passion and Resurrection, and a large part of this is the Great Commandment and the Great Prayer found from John 13-18. Because John 16 is the chapter where Christ encourages the Apostles in regards to His own departure to [...]

By |May 18th, 2023|

One of the Original “Canceled Priests”

The top left is the late Fr. Enrique Tomas Rueda and the top right is the late Bishop Bonaventure Broderick.  Both are, in some sense, among the original "canceled priests."  I re-publish this tragic but inspiring account of Fr. Rueda written with the permission of Remnant Newspaper. Tu Es Sacerdos in Aeternum—by Thomas Ryan I hadn’t heard from Fr. Rueda in at least two months when an email message, forwarded multiple times, showed up in my inbox last month indicating he’d died. In time, I would learn there was some rather bizarre news associated with that of Father’s passing. Fr. Enrique Tomas Rueda was a native of Havana, Cuba. In fact, he’d spent some time in a Cuban jail following the Bay of Pigs invasion before coming to the U.S. as a seminarian. He graduated from Catholic University in Washington as a [...]

By |May 16th, 2023|

Complacency and Gratitude

The above is a picture I look of the art behind the main altar of the new Immaculata Church in St. Mary's, Kansas. While walking around the town of St. Mary's last week, and while praying in the new Immaculata Church, I started to wonder about all the Things We Lost in the Fire which was the title of last blog post regarding the history of the past 100 years in St. Mary's, Kansas and even the last 100 years of the Catholic Church at-large.  The former seems to have been a microcosm of the former, especially in her demise under the Jesuits.  But the renewal of the former (under inspiration of the Immaculata) also hopefully portends the restoration of the latter, even at a global scale in the Catholic Church. As I was bemoaning "the changes" of the Catholic [...]

By |May 11th, 2023|
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