Fr. Jenkins' Writings

Dom Guéranger’s Early Embrace of the Immaculate Conception

[Originally published in the Immaculate Conception Church bulletin on December 10th 2023.]

Dom Prosper Guéranger (1805-1875) is a towering figure of the Catholic revival in 19th Century France. He was instrumental in the re-establishment of the Benedictine Order in France (suppressed by the French Revolution) and the renewal of love

Vale, viride!—Salve, purpura!

[Originally published in the Immaculate Conception Church bulletin on December 3rd 2023.]

After the 26 Sundays of Pentecost this year, we set aside the green vestments and don the violet vestments for the liturgical season of Advent. Since both Advent and Lent call for violet vestments, one might well

Thoughts on the Rosary

The Rosary truly is Mary’s prayer. The Gospel tells us that the Blessed Mother kept and “pondered in her heart” the events of Our Lord’s life — which is exactly what we do when we pray the Rosary properly. And the recitation of the Angelic Salutation, the “Hail Mary” which

The Sign of Contradiction

The Sacred Heart of Jesus has become that sign of contradiction to the “modern” world, the world in which we now live.

We read in the Gospel of Saint Luke [2:34f.] that, when the Blessed Mother carried the newborn Jesus to the Temple, the prophet “Simeon blessed them, and said

Francis' Impending Ban of the TLM?

     Traditional Catholics are well aware of Francis’ relentless efforts to eradicate the traditional Catholic Mass. He has followed up his “Traditionis custodes” edict with subsequent demands that his bishops squelch the traditional Mass throughout the world. Despite the reluctance of some new order bishops to outright ban the…

“Show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” [Gospel of Saint John, chapter 14, verse 8]

     What could be more characteristically Catholic than to begin prayer with the words “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”? When the disciples asked Our Lord to teach them how to pray, Jesus responded: “Thus therefore shall you

A note concerning Francis’ March 25 consecration of humanity, Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart

     The words of Francis ask forgiveness for greed, nationalism, stockpiling weapons, opposing immigration, ravaging the earth, indifference to others—his favorite social gospel themes. Nowhere does he speak of the need for conversion to the one true faith and one true Church of the One True Son of the

Charting the Course to Heaven or Hell—Setting your Children’s Priorities

     Parents must play the leading role in setting their children’s priorities in their day-to-day lives. By their words and example, by the decisions they make and by the directions they give, parents convey to their children a sense of what is most important in life, and what is

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