Life Updates2021-12-06T17:31:59+00:00
1609, 2023

Estote Fidelis: “Be Faithful.”

By |September 16th, 2023|

The above is a picture of my friend, Fr. Fidelis CFR, being arrested for his pro-life work.  For peaceful pro-life work, I have been arrested in Wash DC and New Jersey with Fr. Fidelis under a group called Red Rose Rescue (RRR.)  I thought I was pro-life before I met those associated with RRR.  But the way that RRR changed my thinking was this:  Whereas most pro-life organizations know in their brains that the unborn are really children, the members of RRR know in their hearts that children are really being killed. Here's what I mean:  Imagine if you found out in the nearest big city that somewhere downtown there was a conveyer-belt with three-year old toddlers on it, and these kids were were systematically rolled-out under a machine which crushed them with a sledgehammer.  Imagine you find this was [...]

209, 2023

Sacred-Scripture’s Strength Against False-Accusations

By |September 2nd, 2023|

I have conglomerated these lines from Holy Scripture which help me in times of false-accusations.  You might want to save them to a note app, too: Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.—Mt 5:11-12 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.—Rom 12:19-21 Three times [...]

2608, 2023

“Surprised At Nothing, Troubled At Nothing”

By |August 26th, 2023|

The above pic is a statue of Our Lady that remained standing amidst the recent Hawaii fires of 2023. (It was all over social-media, so if you know the original source, I’ll happily give photo-credit.) My favorite line in St. Louis De Montfort’s description of the saints of the final days of the Catholic Church goes like this: “They will have the two-edged sword of the Word of God in their mouths and the bloodstained standard of the Cross on their shoulders. They will carry the crucifix in their right hand and the Rosary in their left, and the holy names of Jesus and Mary on their heart.”—Thunderclouds of Mary, St. Louis De Montfort. But more recently, I have been thinking about a less spectacular line: “Attached to nothing, surprised at nothing, troubled at nothing, they will shower down the [...]

1408, 2023

St. Paul: Why I Love Him So

By |August 14th, 2023|

Except for the Blessed Virgin Mary, I would say that my favorite saint is the Apostle Paul.  Why is that? Blaise Pascal once wrote, "The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing." So, of course not everything can be identified. But here's a few reasons: St. Paul was the "Chosen Channel" and the "Standard Bearer" of the entire Gospel of Love.  He chose to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Cor 2:2.) Christ Himself chose him to transmit the Gospel over the whole Mediterranean region nearly 2,000 years ago. With Christian-radio being played in my house all during the time growing up, I learned to love St. Paul from an early age.  As I said on a recent podcast, my Catholic grade-school education was very much based in social justice, but at least [...]

2907, 2023

Marian Shrines of Europe

By |July 29th, 2023|

Not that anyone has ever challenged me on this, so I don't know why I repeat myself on this, but my donors do not pay for my pilgrimages. When I go on a professionally led-pilgrimage, the other lay pilgrims pay the way of the priest. This is quite common in the Catholic world. But, as always, I do thank you my donors for all your generosity to me for my normal room and board and ministry. We still have some openings for a pilgrimage I will help lead to the Holy Land with Jesse Romero in October 2023. You can find details here. Dr. Taylor Marshall invited me to be one of the two chaplains for a Latin Mass pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of Portugal, France and Spain. He asked me to be a chaplain along with a traditional [...]

1507, 2023

Family Time in Alaska

By |July 15th, 2023|

My brother in law, Luke, in an Alaska charter fisherman for four months a year. His boat is seen above. He takes clients to catch salmon and halibut in Southeast Alaska. His wife (my sister) goes up there with their five kids to overlap with him about three of those four months. The rest of the year, they live in Denver (as do I.)  The last time I was up there I was just a newly ordained priest. Luke and I were half-joking and half-serious how much simpler it was when I last visited around 2012. He and my sister had only one daughter. They had not yet had their treasure of a daughter born profoundly deaf (seen in the headband with cochlear implants below, about whom my sister wrote Remedies for Sorrow, published by Penguin Random House just this [...]

2606, 2023

Balancing Meekness and Boldness

By |June 26th, 2023|

Earlier today, some conservative non-traditional Catholics on Twitter got mad at me for pointing out that what Pope John Paul II did in Assisi in 1986 was just as bad (or almost as bad) as the Pachamama event of 2019.  If you doubt the evil of Assisi '86, read this OnePeterFive article.  One paragraph in that article explains one of the most horrendous things that happened in Assisi in 1986: At this meeting, under [Pope John Paul II's] presidency, representatives of many Christian churches, together with an assortment of Hindus, Tibetan lamas, Japanese bonzes, tribal snake worshippers, and animists of all sorts performed their respective rites, some of the less mainstream officiants showing a little embarrassment at having to exhibit their customs outside the privacy of their native groves. For a day, the town of St. Francis was given over [...]

306, 2023

A Life in Pilgrimage

By |June 3rd, 2023|

If I met me, the question I would ask me is:  What do you do all day?  As I said on a recent podcast, the hermit-thing isn't a total farce or lurk.  I keep mornings entirely for prayer and exercise.  Doing the old Divine Office means a few hours of Psalms in Latin every day.  Perhaps because I didn't learn the old Roman Breviary in seminary (for we did the Liturgy of the Hours—something we traditionalists now call the Liturgy of the Minutes—since it is so short!) I didn't carve enough time out of my day at the beginning of my religious life for both several hours of prayer and daily exercise.  Or perhaps I just get cabin fever in my condo-hermitage. Either way, I go walking and praying as one event most days.  A large part of my day [...]

2105, 2023

Where Does Donor-Money Go?

By |May 21st, 2023|

Peregrino Hermitage Limited (PHL) is my 501(c)(3) charity approved by the State of Colorado and Archdiocese of Denver.  The latter provides me with health insurance and dental insurance.  However, as I am not in parish life, I must raise my own salary for room, board and ministry expenses.  "Ministry expenses" include that which is necessary to teach the Catholic faith online to tens of thousands of Catholics (and non-Catholics) every month.  Except Zelle donations (which go to my personal account) all your donations to PHL on my Donate Page (whether online or via snail-mail checks) go to my charity and are tax-deductible.  A certain percentage of those donations obviously goes into savings for PHL.  But as far as annual expenses, the following (coordinated to the above pie-chart) shows the breakdown for 2022: Food, travel, missions 54%:  Every morning I have fine tea [...]

2005, 2023

What’s In a Habit?

By |May 20th, 2023|

When I left diocesan life, but obviously remained a priest, it was time to design a habit. One question I got a few times was "Why don't you just model your habit after one religious order or another?" It's a pretty innocent question, but I would have to explain to people that it would be the equivalent of "stolen valor" in the military. The Franciscan habit is not just a way to look pious or homeless. The Dominican habit is not just a way to look clean or erudite in learning. The Carmelite habit is not just a way to look deep or quiet. All of these habits carry the spirituality of the founders, much as a Green Beret uniform carries a different code than the Navy SEAL uniforms. A uniform describes what you sacrifice for, what you believe, and [...]

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