The Ancient Mass in Modern Madrid

By Teresa Limjoco There is perhaps no country in the world where an inherited religion is repudiated as vehemently as in Spain. For decades, Spanish universities and media elites have kept up a constant drumbeat of ridicule and condemnation of the Church, her traditions and ideas. It is fascinating, then, to find that Madrid, Spain’s media … Read more

The Strange Story of Cordoba’s Disputed Cathedral

By Peter De Trolio III   THE GUADALQUIVIR RIVER ON THE ANCIENT ROMAN BRIDGE: Cordoba is an ancient dwelling place, settled long before the Romans built their monumental city (featured image) MASSIVE GATEWAY TO HONOR THE ROMAN GOD JANUS: The Romans built their temple to Janus, the god of beginnings and endings and doorways, near … Read more

The Bipolarism of Catholic Spain

Photos by Teresa Limjoco Peter De Trolio of Jerez de la Frontera is an American lawyer who has been living in southern Spain for more than 20 years, where he has worked in  exporting.  A married father of two, Peter is currently teaching in a private school.   Fr. José Miguel Marqués Campo  was born in … Read more

The Great Champion of Christian Spain

By Harry Stevens Photo by Beverly Stevens and Teresa Limjoco Who was Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar? Depends on who you ask, it seems. Various depictions of this heroic knight have emerged in the last thousand years — the legendary, the historic, the Arabic or the Christian. “This is the will of God and of all … Read more

The Drama of Isabella the Catholic

Featured image: CONTEMPORARY PORTRAIT: Isabella (far right) was ‘a beautiful blonde, of queenly figure, exquisitely chiseled features, and with mild blue eyes.’ By Beverly Stevens She is an enigma. Was Isabella of Castile a shining example of queenship in late medieval Europe, a feminist ideal? Was she a Catholic heroine, worthy of sainthood? Was she … Read more

The Truth About Muslim Spain

How Did Christianity Survive? FOR ALMOST 800 YEARS, THEY LIVED UNDER THE YOKE OF ISLAM. Between 711 and 1492 AD, Spain was occupied by the North African Muslim. Yet somehow, against seemingly impossible odds, the Faith did not die. By Peter De Trolio III In fact, one could argue that Christianity was immeasurably strengthened by … Read more

Serious Spanish Sweets

Serious Spanish Sweets LIKE MOST DELIGHTS OF A CATHOLIC CIVILIZATION, the artisanal making of amazing pastries in Spain actually has a religious history. AS IN MOST COUNTRIES WITH A TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC CULTURE, baking specialty pastries was an occupation of convents – a way for cloistered sisters to earn money to sustain themselves. FAMILY-OWNED BAKERIES like … Read more

Tomas Luis de Victoria

The Glorious Music of a Holy Priest By Losana Boyd It is the Mass at Midnight celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord in New York City. From the choir loft and the semi-darkness of St. Patrick’s Cathedral a hauntingly beautiful line of music begins to sound. The glorious motet “O Magnum Mysterium” written by the … Read more

Day Thirteen on the Camino of St James

Excerpted from Along the Way from REGINA Press By Losana Boyd Slept okay, even after all the midnight maneuvering. I wake up feeling excited…today is the day! Who cares about being rested? A quick juice and coffee, and I am off. The morning is cool and lovely. I practically want to run to Santiago! I … Read more

The Mystery of the Ancient Mozarabic Mass

By Peter De Trolio III In this era of controversy surrounding the rites of the Mass, it is fascinating to look back through the centuries to yet another time when the question of diverse rites arose. Before the unification of the rites in the Western Church, there were many different local rites.  Distance and lack … Read more