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Saint or Ain’t? A Sermon for the 16th Sunday of the Year

By: Msgr. Charles Pope (on Archdiocese of Washington blog) We live in difficult times for the Church, and from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal, there are also deep concerns … Continue reading

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Malaysian Airlines 17, Death and You

From Fr. Z’s blog The black boxes from Malaysian Airlines 17 might indicate that the pilots attempted a vain evasion. I doubt it. I suspect that exploding death was sudden. Who knows who may have survived the initial blast and … Continue reading

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A concert pianist explains why he rejects the Assisted Dying Bill

Parliament is discussing the Assisted Dying Bill today (PA) From the Catholic Herald online by Matthew Schellhorn: When my mum was diagnosed with late-stage cancer she turned to me and said: “We will get through it.” At the time, I … Continue reading

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Demons – a terrifying proof of the divine order

Father Fortea answers the following question at Catholic Spiritual Direction: Father Fortea, why does God not just annihilate the demons? God, in His great love, has pledged not to destroy any intelligent being He has created. Demons, by their very existence, are … Continue reading

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Virginity and the Little Flower of the Mohawks

By Fr. Dwight Longnecker on Patheos In learning more about St Kateri Tekakwitha [whose feast day we celebrated yesterday, 14th July] I was struck by the connecting points between her and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. Both were orphaned. Both suffered from … Continue reading

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This Insidious Bill

In response to Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying bill which receives its Second Reading in the House of Lords on Friday 18 July, Laurence England has written a superbly argued and moving post “Protecting the Vulnerable”:   Until his dying day, Lord Falconer … Continue reading

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Summorum Pontificum has put us in touch with our history

By Father Alexander Lucie-Smith at the CatholicHerald.co.uk: Seven years have passed since Summorum Pontificum, the motu proprio by which Benedict XVI liberated the traditional Latin Mass from all restrictions. As we contemplate this anniversary, it is interesting to ask ourselves what … Continue reading

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A few words of hard-hitting truth from Fr. John A Hardon S.J.

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Saint Elizabeth of Portugal

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Covered with the Blood of the Lamb

From: Vultus Christi I am completely smitten by Bernini’s little known depiction of the Blood of Christ. The Eternal Father contemplates the outpouring of the Blood of the Son. The Angels are awestruck by what they see. Blood pours out … Continue reading

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Litany of the Most Precious Blood

  July is the month dedicated to the Precious Blood of Christ, shed as the price of our salvation. In the Liturgical Calendar of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, July 1st remains the Feast of the Most Precious … Continue reading

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Baptize but Be Discreet: On the Catholic Baptism of children presented by homosexual and other irregular parents

By: Msgr. Charles Pope There has been some interesting coverage in the news recently regarding the Church’s stance on baptizing children conceived or reared in irregular situations. In recent decades there has been an explosion in the number of children … Continue reading

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Feast of the First Martyrs of the See of Rome

When the city of Rome had been devastated by fire in the year 64, the Emperor Nero launched a persecution against the Christians, who were thrown to the wild beasts in the arena or soaked in tar and used as … Continue reading

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Bishop Mark Davies: Assisted Suicide Bill Will Put Lives of Many Vulnerable People at Risk

From zenit.0rg: Legislation Proposes Licensing Doctors to Supply Lethal Drugs to Those With Less Than Six Months to Live An English bishop has warned that a bill to legalise assisted suicide may inadvertently lead to the deaths of large numbers … Continue reading

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Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, help of Christians, refuge of the human race, victorious in all the battles of God, we prostrate ourselves in supplication before thy throne, in the sure hope of obtaining mercy and of receiving grace … Continue reading

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