Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

– Chinese Proverb


I’d rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.

– George Washington

Health Care

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.

– P.J. O’Rourke, The Liberty Manifesto, 1993,

Twas The Night Of Nicea

Back from the archives from last year, it’s Twas The Night Of Nicea.

Twas the Night Of Nicea, and all through the land,
The bishops were gathering, with hopes for a plan.
Three cent’ries before, Jesus had been,
But many still differed on just what that means.

Go and decide, the Emperor had said,
And so they all went, pressing firmly ahead.
Easter’s date to consider, a creed to declare,
Much to decide, with faith and with prayer.

But storm clouds were brewing. A heresy had spread:
Jesus was prophet–a branch, not the head.
Arius led them. And for this he had fought,
But it was not the good news that the apostles had taught.

Some bishops were restless, can’t we all get along?
As it is ever with meetings, disputing was wrong.
Let’s work it all out, let’s find a fair way,
Let’s come to consensus, whatever we say.

Speeches were given, but nothing was clear,
Then Arius rose, for all to hear,
Jesus was prophet, not God, not divine,
A great man to know, admiration was fine.

But God was one thing, not two and not three,
And that was the way it always should be.
So Arius continued defending his view,
In a room full of people not sure what to do.

Then in the back there arose such a clatter,
Everyone turned to see what was the matter.
A skinny old Greek almost flew ‘cross the room,
His strides, they were certain. His face, did it fume.

He reached Arius quick, and reached him fist-first,
And Arius went down as one of the worst.
Above him stood Nicholas, from whom many had fled,
And Arius knew then he had something to dread.

For truth conquerors all, and while consensus is fine,
Some things, they will never change with the times.
Yes Christ was a good man, yes he was nice,
But He was and is God, for He is the Christ.

So as you lay down, all snug in your bed,
Know that Jesus is God, above all else said.
And if you say less, and you change with the new,
Know that St. Nicholas may come for you too.

Copyright 2012, Patrick Pierce.
(Permission has been granted by the author to reprint the work in whole when together with copyright information and a link to Traditium.)

The Same Eye: Chapter Seven

Chapter Seven of Patrick Pierce’s novel, The Same Eye, has been published here on Traditium!  Chapter Seven continues Act Two: The Master. Check it out here.


There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’

– C.S. Lewis


popeb16Bernard of Clairvaux coined the marvellous expression: Impassibilis est Deus, sed non incompassibilis—God cannot suffer, but he can suffer with. Man is worth so much to God that he himself became man in order to suffer with man in an utterly real way—in flesh and blood—as is revealed to us in the account of Jesus’s Passion.

Hence in all human suffering we are joined by one who experiences and carries that suffering with us; hence con-solatio is present in all suffering, the consolation of God’s compassionate love—and so the star of hope rises.

– Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, para. 39.

The Tridentine Fallacy

Trent1What most people call the “Latin Mass” seems to have a bewildering number of names and many of them are imprecise for one reason or another. Perhaps surprisingly, “Latin Mass” is the least precise of all. But another label, Tridentine, can be used in a way that is downright troublesome.

Among the many names for it, calling the liturgy conducted in Latin and pursuant to the 1962 Missal the “Extraordinary Form” is certainly accurate since Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum formalized the term, along with the term Ordinary Form for the form of the Mass commonly seen today. Pope Francis seems to prefer calling the Extraordinary Form the Vetus Ordo, or Old Form, which lines up nicely given that the Ordinary Form is also called the Novus Ordo, or New Form. So, regardless of any possible connotations, the benefit of the labels Extraordinary Form or Vetus Ordo for the so-called Latin Mass is that they are precise, accurate and used by popes. Many, though, prefer to call the Traditional Latin Mass / Old Form / Extraordinary Form the “Tridentine Mass,” which, historically speaking, can be both right and wrong, and can be a springboard to an increasingly common and often deliberate fallacy.

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mlkj[T]here are two types of laws, just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas “an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.


Hollow, empty spaces
All the world so wide
Distraction filling silence
While the soul abides.

The ego dances freely
With the vapid little thrills
Temptations on the cutting edge
Yet older than the hills.

We put ourselves atop
Above the petty rest
Never clear enough to see
What we’ve made second best.

For if God were really up there
There’d be no suffering or loss
He would not permit it,
Just ask Him, on the cross.

- Patrick Pierce

The Calling

The Calling of Matthew

The Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio.

In a recent interview with Pope Francis, found at Thinking Faith. The online journal of the British Jesuits, he speaks of a painting in Rome.

“I often visited the Church of St. Louis of France, and I went there to contemplate the painting of ‘The Calling of St. Matthew,’ by Caravaggio. That finger of Jesus, pointing at Matthew. That’s me. I feel like him. Like Matthew. It is the gesture of Matthew that strikes me: he holds on to his money as if to say, ‘No, not me! No, this money is mine.’ Here, this is me, a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze. And this is what I said when they asked me if I would accept my election as pontiff. I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I accept in a spirit of penance.”

Traditium 10,000

Traditium is right now 21 away from having 10,000 visitors since its launch in July of 2012. That’s a hefty number for a start-from-nothing site. We wanted to pass along a quick word of thanks to the people who have read the pieces here on the site, been our friends on Facebook, and supported the effort along the way!

- T

A Visit To St. Augustine

Fr. LopezTraditium has added the page A Visit To St. Augustine to the site (see under Pilgrimages, on the gray bar above). It shows the site of the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, the Great Cross, and many other spots in this unique, historic American city.

Please feel free to check out the slideshow tour and description from our recent visit there.


Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.


– Mahatma Gandhi


Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war!


– Pope Francis. See here about his call for September 7.



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