Archives for May 2006

Some Photos

Brendan and I interacting first thing in the morning (before my shower and coffee as you can tell!)


Yes this is the cutest kid on the planet.


Proud dad Chad and son Brendan in front of a fountain in KC.


Chad, Brendan, and I playing in a fountain (yes, all of us).

Back from KC

I was in Kansas City over the weekend for a job interview, and I got a chance to meet Chad and Charles (operator of the now-defunct “Land of Hope and Glory” blog). I also got to meet Chad’s wife and his son, Brendan. We had an awesome weekend. We had some great discussions, some good food and drink, and Chad and I played Halo 2 until 2 AM on Friday night! Chad introduced me to the British version of “The Office,” so now I have another distraction I don’t need! I also got a chance to go to a traditional Novus Ordo Catholic parish, where the worship is done right.

St. Leo the Great on the Ascension


And truly great and unspeakable was their cause for joy, when in the sight of the holy multitude [i.e. at the Ascension], above the dignity of all heavenly creatures, the Nature of mankind went up, to pass above the angels’ ranks and to rise beyond the archangels’ heights, and to have Its uplifting limited by no elevation until, received to sit with the Eternal Father, It should be associated on the throne with His glory, to Whose Nature It was united in the Son.

Since then Christ’s Ascension is our uplifting, and the hope of the Body is raised, whither the glory of the Head has gone before, let us exult, dearly-beloved, with worthy joy and delight in the loyal paying of thanks. For today not only are we confirmed as possessors of paradise, but have also in Christ penetrated the heights of heaven, and have gained still greater things through Christ’s unspeakable grace than we had lost through the devil’s malice. For us, whom our virulent enemy had driven out from the bliss of our first abode, the Son of God has made members of Himself and placed at the right hand of the Father, with Whom He lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Pope St. Leo the Great, On the Lord’s Ascension I:IV (Sermon 73)

Photo from Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Euclid, Ohio; taken by Jonathan Bennett

RIP Jaroslav Pelikan

Jaroslav Pelikan, the great Church Church History Scholar, passed away this weekend at the age of 82. I read this over at Pontifications just today. I will miss Dr. Pelikan. I read his entire History of Doctrine series, and had the blessing of seeing him in person when I was a graduate student. His writings positively influenced my decision to become Catholic. Pelikan was a Lutheran until 1998, when he joined the Orthodox Church. Thank you Dr. Pelikan for all your work.

Eternal Rest grant to him O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.

Dr. Pelikan’s fine works are still available, and I commend then to all serious students of Church History. Here are links to the books in his The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine series:

Volume 1: The Emergence of Catholic Tradition
Volume 2: The Spirit of Eastern Christendom
Volume 3: The Growth of Medieval Theology
Volume 4: Reformation of Church and Dogma
Volume 5: Christian Doctrine and Modern Culture