Issue: March 2012

Letter From the Publisher

The topic of music is a vast one....With that in mind, we decided to avoid merely repeating warnings against modern music....What we chose to do instead is go beyond the theoretical, and give concrete suggestions. 

Restoring Our Musical Tradition

“There are two treasures which seem necessary for childhood formation: folk songs and Gregorian Chant. These two sources represent the essentials of the musical tradition of mankind."

Some Thoughts on Music

It may sound like a cliché by now, but it really comes down to melody, harmony, and rhythm....What I have discovered as a teacher is that...there can be difficulty grasping what these words actually mean. How do we apply them to the every-day world?

Music as the Pathway to Beauty and Goodness

To achieve the beautiful and the good, we must “tune” our souls to the right order of things through “music.”

Why Do We Sing in Church?

Is there any place in the world where there is no music? We invariably come across music in one way or another—just think of the many CDs and iPods all around us...

God Is Simple

We all like simple things. Advertisers, those great observers of human nature, know this, and that is why their golden rule is: “Keep it simple!”

The Total Dedication of the Church to God

Why do monks dedicate so much of their time and energy to the solemn celebration of the liturgy, when in our parishes we often content ourselves with low Masses and private devotions? 

The Individual, the Family and Catholic Corporate Society

Only an opening to Catholic Truth can once again join together all the aspects of nature that modern naturalist civilization has torn asunder. What does this have to tell us? 

Selections from Tra le Sollecitudini

Excerpts from the Moto Proprio of Pope St. Pius X on sacred music.

St. John Bosco The Life of a Popular Saint

Stories from the life of St. John Bosco

Book Review: The War of the Vendée by Christopher Check

Book Review: The War of the Vendée by Christopher Check Scott Quinn Christopher Check continues his excellent series of audio lectures of interest and importance for Roman Catholics...

Our Lord Has Overcome the World

“Confidite, nolite timere, ego vinci mundum.” It is Our Lord who leaves us these words before embarking upon the road of His Passion and Death: “Have confidence, fear not, I have overcome the world.”

Rose Hawthorne: From Literati to the Dominicans

Rose Hawthorne, the daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne, whom he called his “autumnal flower” and “the comfort of my declining years,” converted to Catholicism, took the veil, and founded a community of Dominican nuns who to this day care for destitute victims of incurable cancer.

How to Work with Your Child

You may have already read about the four temperaments. But what does that have to do with you as a parent today? How can you apply knowledge of the temperaments to your own parenting style? 

How Learning Music Will Benefit Your Child

Learning music should be a consideration of any parent for their young children. The purpose of this article is to offer more practical advice on some direct benefits that learning music will have for your child. 


Can one retroactively offer for an additional intention a rosary that has already been completed? 

Church and World

Extract from the Sermon of Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX, on Candlemas Day, 2012, at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Winona, Minnesota.

From a Modernist Priest: Praise for Archbishop Lefebvre

A very interesting book has recently been written entitled Vers EcôneMgr Lefebvre et les Pères du Saint-Esprit, Chronique des événements 1960-1968. [Towards Ecône: Monsignor Lefebvre and the Holy Ghost Fathers, a Chronicle of Events 1960-1968] in the author’s attempt to make a polemical, critical analysis of Marcel Lefebvre’s thought he has inadvertently written a thorough study of the coherence of the French prelate’s thinking and action....

The Last Word

Technology now makes it possible to store the sound of large orchestras, the power of grand instruments, and the voices of popular singers within small little machines. Many people today carry...