I could not let this Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas go by without recalling to mind the Solemn High Mass celebrated by Canon Karl W. Lenhardt at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on this night exactly fifteen years ago, March 7, 2007. I can’t believe it’s been that long ago.

It was the first traditional Latin Mass celebrated at the cathedral since 1969. May God bless Raymond Cardinal Burke for this and all he has done to promote the return of the traditional Mass in St. Louis and around the world.

And would it be inappropriate to mention the 2007 was a way better year than 2022? That year marked not only the return of the traditional Mass to the cathedral but also the first priestly ordinations in the traditional rite for the Institute in the United States.

And, of course, 2007 had the best of all: the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum.

These times of tribulation and suffering will no doubt produce greater fruit to come. That’s how God does these things. And I know our Lady will triumph. If we are spared, her victory will bring such great things as to make everything we’ve gone through pale in significance.

Until that glorious time comes at last, keep your heads down, all the better to duck that fire coming from the sky. May the great Saint Thomas Aquinas intercede for us and for the whole Church. Amen.