Life Updates2021-12-06T17:31:59+00:00
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 [...]

2904, 2023

New Orleans Flashback

By |April 29th, 2023|

In the Spring of 2017, I was on loan to a TLM-parish in the diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. Gibson is in the bayou and I often point out I had alligators as closer geographic neighbors than humans. But I often spent time in New Orleans when I got lonely in the swamp. One day, I was walking near the horse track in New Orleans before Mardi Gras. I think it was the Monday before Mardi Gras, but you have to understand that "Mardi Gras season" in NOLA begins in January, and lasts for months. Now, even the homeless (and the street-people with homes) get tired of seeing certain costumes among tourists, especially tourists who dress up like priests or nuns. That's the background to where this story begins. I re-discovered it on Facebook from what I posted on 27 Feb [...]

2304, 2023

Production Update

By |April 23rd, 2023|

Happy Easter, Christ is Risen!  Christ is Truly Risen!As you know, I was taking care of my mother medically and sacramentally before she fell asleep in the Lord.  I thank you all so much for the prayers for the repose of my mother's soul.   To keep up my normal life of prayer this Spring of 2023, I could only keep up on my website, not the videos or podcasts, at least while helping my family and others locally.  However, most of my productions are coming back this Spring.  The following items are quite boring and long-winded, so I put the following topics in order of importance, starting with the most important on my production schedule: Thank you to all who support me spiritually and materially. As you know, I receive health-insurance from my Archdiocese as a priest in good [...]

1704, 2023

Interview with Polish Catholic Newspaper

By |April 17th, 2023|

I was interviewed by Nasz Dziennik, a large Catholic production in Poland.  A writer named Beata asked me political and religious questions regarding my recent article called Good Catholics Need to Tackle the Hard Topics More.  Here were her questions and my answers: Beata: Were Catholics too easily persuaded that they meddle too much in politics? Who and how is working on it so that we would think so? Me: The Catholic Church in the United States was exploding with baptisms and vocations before Vatican II.  Since the Council, we lose four Catholics for every Protestant convert that comes to us.  Our clergy are afraid to lose more people, so usually they go for the lowest-common denominator in spirituality.  It usually becomes something like, "Jesus is your friend and doesn’t care what your political beliefs are." Ironically, many evangelical Protestant pastors [...]

504, 2023

Divine Providence Acting Upon Two Births

By |April 5th, 2023|

My mother, Claire Nix, got sick just before Christmas 2022.  Before offering my own low-Mass on Christmas day, I remember attending a sung midnight Mass at another traditional Church near me.  Before Mass, I was kneeling on the prie-Dieu in the sanctuary as I listened to a Christmas carol called Lully, Lulla, Lullay.  It's a silly name, but it was one of the most beautiful carols.  I had never heard it before.  Although dark before that midnight Mass, I hid my face because I was crying.  Deep inside, I knew my mother would not beat this illness, even though she was admitted to the hospital with rather mild symptoms.  She then went unresponsive in the hospital and I gave her extreme unction. She recovered a bit.  Then, she ended up in the hospital again.  I asked her pastor to hear [...]

404, 2023

The Maniturgium On the Mother of a Priest

By |April 4th, 2023|

My mother died yesterday.  Her name is Claire Nix and her maiden name is Donnelly.  She was 100% Irish but born and raised on the South Side of Chicago.  I'm going to write more about her death later this week. When referring to death, the Apostle Paul says someone "fell asleep in the Lord."  That might sound like overly-pious language to most Catholics today, but it is more theologically accurate if we really believe Christ has conquered death, as we know He did on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  We especially are reminded that "Christ has trampled down death by death" during Holy Week, as the Eastern Rite Liturgies exclaim.  In fact, the Eastern Rite Liturgies (both Catholic and Orthodox) refer to their deceased as those who "fell asleep in the Lord." The Western response to that might be:  "But [...]

2203, 2023

Lenten Outreach 2023

By |March 22nd, 2023|

The second-lesson in the TLM today is: Thus says the Lord God: Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before My eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool. If you are willing, and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land, says the Lord almighty.—Isaiah 1:16-19. Wednesdays at the third largest Planned Parenthood in the world is mostly a time of prayer for me. On my pro-life team is some of the best sidewalk counselors I have ever met, including Kevin Williams. Kevin bounced back from cancer surgery the [...]

1003, 2023

Why Apostolic Catholicism?

By |March 10th, 2023|

Notice:  There will be few forthcoming blogs and podcasts and videos this Spring for three reasons:  1) I am assisting my mother in what seems to be her last days on earth.  2) I was locked out of my YouTube channel for thought-crimes against the left.  3) My pro-life trial from three years ago in New Jersey is delayed until April or May 2023... All of these things seem to have piled up in a way that is far outside my control at this point. Most of the lies repeated about me online have something to do with this or this, both of which I disprove in the above links.  But there comes a point where you have to wonder if my enemies are lying about me not because they think I'm actually a bad person, but rather because they [...]

803, 2023

Two Curve Balls

By |March 8th, 2023|

The above map is found at my parents' place. Two days ago I sent out this Telegram alert:  "My mom appears to be in her final week on earth. This is going to be difficult for me to navigate with the pro-life trial on Friday in NJ. Please pray for my whole family, including extended family coming into town, but especially that my mom receive the graces God wants to give her at the end of her life." Today, I sent out this Telegram alert, explaining basically the exact opposite: "Sorry to have you join me on my emotional roller-coaster this week, but I PROMISE you I did not expect this to be my next Telegram to you after the last one above. Basically, both items changed: 1) Three friends and I finished the miraculous Novena to the Sacred Heart [...]

2302, 2023

Upcoming Trial for a Necessity-Based Rescue

By |February 23rd, 2023|

I've been arrested twice in abortion centers, once in the picture above in New Jersey.  Our arrests with Red Rose Rescue are always for peacefully asking women not to kill their children.  The last of my two arrests was the summer of 2019.  Because of scamdemic lockdowns, the NJ justice system is only getting around to our trial now, in 2023.  That's almost four years late! Normally, I would not be facing prison time for a simple misdemeanor of trespassing in a killing-center.  However, the Department of Justice is now making an example of pro-lifers as seen in recent news.  LifeSite News also ran this story about me in 2019 that corresponds to the above picture of my friends Fr. Fidelis and Will Goodman (and myself.) 2 priests, 2 pro-life activists arrested trying to save babies inside New Jersey abortion center. This [...]

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