27 09, 2023

“What Could Have Been and Was Not.”

By |2023-09-27T02:50:51+00:00September 27th, 2023|Life|

The above is a picture I recently took while walking and praying my Divine Office (Psalms) at a rather-empty beach in Florida.  It always brings me so much peace. Most of you do not know this, but several times in seminary I felt called to leave my studies for the Catholic priesthood and go live as a homeless, celibate, Catholic preacher in front of abortion centers in Florida.  I felt called to live as a mendicant (beggar) without marriage, but also without Holy Orders.  Now as a priest doing some of those things as a monk-missionary on my own, I have also been overwhelmed by the issues of politics that [...]

16 09, 2023

Estote Fidelis: “Be Faithful.”

By |2023-09-19T03:32:07+00:00September 16th, 2023|Life|

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 [...]

2 09, 2023

Sacred-Scripture’s Strength Against False-Accusations

By |2023-09-02T17:50:39+00:00September 2nd, 2023|Life|

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 [...]

26 08, 2023

“Surprised At Nothing, Troubled At Nothing”

By |2023-08-26T14:56:55+00:00August 26th, 2023|Life|

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, [...]

14 08, 2023

St. Paul: Why I Love Him So

By |2023-08-14T14:27:41+00:00August 14th, 2023|Life|

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 [...]

29 07, 2023

Marian Shrines of Europe

By |2023-07-29T03:21:41+00:00July 29th, 2023|Life|

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 [...]

15 07, 2023

Family Time in Alaska

By |2023-07-16T16:16:54+00:00July 15th, 2023|Life|

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 [...]

26 06, 2023

Balancing Meekness and Boldness

By |2023-06-27T14:26:31+00:00June 26th, 2023|Life|

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 [...]

3 06, 2023

A Life in Pilgrimage

By |2023-06-11T18:52:20+00:00June 3rd, 2023|Life|

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 [...]

21 05, 2023

Where Does Donor-Money Go?

By |2023-05-30T02:14:41+00:00May 21st, 2023|Life|

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 [...]

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