Monthly Archives: January 2011


Anyone who has ever felt the need to storm heaven, in supplication for special graces or favours, may already have some notion of what a novena prayer is about. Although novena prayers are also offered in thanksgiving, or even as … Continue reading

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Cause for the Beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Fulton John Sheen was born to Newton and Delia on May 8,1895 in El Paso, Illinois. The oldest of four sons, he was baptized Peter John in St. Mary’s Church, but soon became known by his mother’s maiden name, Fulton. … Continue reading

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Fr. Kneemiller on Catholics and New Age (II): A new twist on yoga

The first article of Fr. Kneemiller on Catholics and New Age attracted much interest, thus we decide to reproduced his second article in this series here, also from The Catholic Messenger: (This column is the second and concluding one of … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina – Verbum Domini

Lectio Divina is Latin for “divine reading,” “spiritual reading,” or “holy reading” and represents a method of prayer and scriptural reading intended to promote communion with God and to provide special spiritual insights. The principles of lectio divina were expressed … Continue reading

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Holy Father’s address to the Roman Rota on Catholic Marriage.

The right of a man and woman to marry each other is contingent upon their juridical ability to do so, says Benedict XVI. The Pope affirmed this in a reflection on the relationship between law and pastoral care, which he … Continue reading

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Sister Marie Simon-Pierre speaks of JPII Miracle

The French nun healed from Parkinson’s disease through the intercession of John Paul II, gave an interview in which she recalls the miracle which made the great Polish Pope a “blessed.” As we follow the short video, let us give … Continue reading

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VATICAN II – Bishop Schneider’s call for a “syllabus of errors”

I encountered Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who is also a patristic scholar, through a small volume entitled “Dominus Est”. From the book’s very first pages, this young and gifted bishop’s holiness shines through. His description of the Eucharistic devotion, which flowed … Continue reading

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Gracie Bear

Today is the 8th anniversary of the funeral Mass for my daughter Grace Mary. She died aged nineteen months. This picture was taken less than a week before she died.  Such is the resilience of little tots, that they can … Continue reading

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The Spirit of the Liturgy

There has been much debate lately about what constitutes ‘proper’ behaviour by Priests celebrating Holy Mass. Whenever the subject of the Rubrics for Holy Mass are discussed on blogs the horror stories abound. A Priest waving to the congregation as … Continue reading

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Pius XII helped Jews to settle in Palestine. Documents confirm Papal involvement.

While the Beatification of Pope John Paul II is announced for 1 May this year, we are still waiting for a definite outcome of the beatification’s process of another great Pope Pius XII. It was reported last week, that a … Continue reading

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Gloria Using the New Missal Translation

The new English translation of the Order of Mass will be used in parishes in England and Wales from September. The bishops’ conference said it would be introduced into parishes three months before the new Missal is published in Advent … Continue reading

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Our Father

The prayer begins with two words – but what a wealth of meaning our teachers have found in those two words: Our Father. The first point is that we approach God as a community. Even when we pray this prayer … Continue reading

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Holy Father’s Catechesis for the week of prayer for Christian Unity.

INVOKING THE GIFT OF FULL COMMUNION VATICAN CITY JAN 2011 (VIS) – In his general audience, held yesterday in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope dedicated his catechesis to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is taking place from … Continue reading

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St. Catherine of Bologna, Patron of Painters, Her Incorrupt Body and Holy Father’s Catechesis

Woman painters were rare in the Middle Ages, among them St. Catherine of Bologna was one. There is a manuscript illuminated by her which once belonged to Pius IX, at present among the treasures of Oxford. Several of her bigger … Continue reading

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Catholics and the dangers of New Age movement – the Experience of Father Kneemiller

Nowadays, it is not uncommon that Catholics feel themselves attracted to New Age Movement. They are sometimes, alas, even encouraged by their priests to do so. But what is the New Age Movement? Dr. Shea gives us the following explanation: … Continue reading

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