For those interested in the ongoing issues around the FFI/FSI.

(To skip the intro, scroll down to the “read more”)

When we moved to the east coast, we had to set to “parish shopping” which is always a stressful drag. Eventually we tried the TLM Mass at a nearby parish. The Mass was offered by a monk from a nearby friary. They are the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. I checked out their website and wanted to write a simple, happy post here about struggles in finding a parish and how providential it seemed that we would end up within walking distance from a parish with a TLM Mass offered by an FFI priest. And then I learned more about the state of the FFI.

What is happening to the FFI/FSI is relevant to ALL Catholics. This is self-evident. One of the most disturbing things from dissenting members is the message that others shouldn’t be talking about what happened.

Being the internet, there are gross weird comments from all camps on this issue. I’ve included some comments here that I think are relevant and helpful. Gossip and calumny are real and harmful and sinful. This makes tossing around accusations of “gossip and calumny” in order to shut people up who are trying to inform and assist one another all the more disturbing. I recognize that trick and I am not afraid.

I am posting excerpts because sources have disappeared before, but I encourage people to follow through on the links provided.
Updates may be posted here as the situation progresses, or they may not. It seems like the order will simply be suppressed, as higher-ups insist it has died a natural death.

Because there are so many sources and voices below, my comments will be in orange. All images come from the same site as the accompanying text.

Except for the first link (from the US FI website), these are in chronological order, from various sources, not all of whom agree with each other.

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Art of the Marbler

Today I would like to share with you this incredibly charming, hypnotic, and beautiful video I found on YouTube some time ago. It comes from the website of the Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service. Although mockumentary films like the “Look Around” series reference the style, it is, in fact, a real film. And don’t listen to it on silent- the audio is essential.

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He Stirs and Soothes and Pierces My Heart

(Note: The following post was made previous to my conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.)

Today is the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the man who wanted only to live the simple life of a cloistered Cistercian monk, but ended up traveling the world, advising Popes, scattering heretical sects, and much more.

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Things That Seem Incredible

In the spirit of school starting in little over a week, here are some free talks for the medieval/early-modern history fans out there, especially those interested in the body, food, illness, punishment, and so on. (I’ve also thrown in one lecture on early medieval Latin song with my dear M. in mind.)
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Let the Empty Specters of the Deceiving World Not Drive You Mad

(Note: The following post was made previous to my conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.)

Adapted directly and faithfully from Clare’s letter to Ermentrude of Bruges:

Gaze upon Him,
consider Him,
contemplate Him,
as you desire to imitate Him.

This labor of ours is brief, but the reward is eternal;
do not be disturbed by the clamor of the world, which passes like a shadow;
let the empty specters of the deceiving world not drive you mad;
shut your ears to the whispers of hell and, strong, break down its attempts against you.
Pray and be always vigilant.  

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Bye and Bye

Today’s post features a few of my favorite snapshots I’ve taken around Seattle, Washington. I’m posting these in memory of the town, because M. and I have moved across the country and I start school in two weeks at Binghamton University in central New York as transfer student and Medieval History major! That’s why things have been quiet around here, we’ve both been very busy.

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The Married Saints

(Note: The following post was made previous to my conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.)

“I am longing to be near you, my dear Louis. I love you with all my heart, and I feel my affection so much more when you’re not here with me. It would be impossible for me to live apart from you.”
Zelie, in a letter to Louis

Today is the feast day of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, not the first married Saints by far, but the first married pair to be canonized as a couple..

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Madonna Lactans

“Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” -Luke 11:27

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the icon of the Galaktotrophousa, or “milk-giver”, is celebrated on July 3rd (and/or January 12th).

From the marvelous blog A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons:

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