Monthly Archives: April 2014

Better to Obey God than Man

  During these days following the Church’s greatest feast day in the Liturgical year, Easter Sunday, the celebration of Our Lord’s victory over death and sin, the daily first readings at Mass have been centred on St. Peter and the … Continue reading

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Saints of the “Totus Tuus”

Today is the anniversary of the priestly ordination of Saint Maximilian Kolbe. It is also the feast of Saint Louis de Montfort whose Marian teachings had a profound influence on the Polish martyr. Another Polish Saint, the newly canonised Pope … Continue reading

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The “Little Flower” Enchanted the Chinese “Legal Eagle”

By Frank Weathers on ‘Patheos’ I introduced readers to my Catholic friend, John C.H. Wu, a long time ago. What prompted John, a distinguished jurist, and drafter of the democratic constitution of the Republic of China (back when it was … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A

Sunday of Divine Mercy Paris, April 25, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) The pierced side: a source of light and mercy. This Sunday traditionally was called “Sunday in Albis,” but since 2000 has been proclaimed by Pope John Paul … Continue reading

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Faith and Resurrection: a homily

Fr. John Joseph, from the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, preaches on the role of faith and belief in the Resurrection in order to secure our salvation – that the grace to believe leads to more graces to believe more … Continue reading

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Queen of Heaven, rejoice!

Before Divine Mercy Sunday on Sunday,  remembering our Blessed Lady, Mary, Mother of the Risen One and of the Church, is a very good idea. I remember some years ago there was a Carmelite friar in his declining years who … Continue reading

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King Louis IX of France – saint and hero

“…but he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven…” (Matt 10:33) King Saint Louis IX (25 April 1214 – 25 August 1270), commonly known as the “fleur de lys”, was … Continue reading

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‘Priest of God, You Embody the Mystery of Mercy!’

“We ought to fast, and to abstain from all vice, and from all that will lead us into sin, as well as from extravagance and superfluity. We should often visit the churches, and venerate and reverence all ecclesiastics on account … Continue reading

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Pope’s Wednesday audience: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

2014-04-23 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pilgrims thronged St. Peter’s Square, the long boulevard of Via della Conciliazione, spilling all the way down to the banks of the Tiber this Wednesday for Pope Francis’ weekly general audience, the first of the … Continue reading

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Canonizations: The case for Pacelli

An excellent piece from ‘Rorate Caeli’, broaching a question many faithful Catholics are asking themselves. While there are few who would deny the caliber of the two recent Blessed Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonised … Continue reading

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Some Keys to Evangelization as Seen in a Record Number of Converts this Year in The Archdiocese of Washington

By: Msgr. Charles Pope There was an informative and helpful article in the Washington Post this Easter Sunday that demonstrates certain keys to success in evangelization. The focus of the article is the happy fact that the Archdiocese of Washington … Continue reading

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Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat

Christus vincit, regnat, imperat: ab omni malo plemem suam defendat. (Christ conquers, He reigns, He commands; may He defend His people from all evil.) Pope Sixtus V had these words engraved on the obelisk which stands in the centre of … Continue reading

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Salve, Festa Dies (an Easter song of praise)

A joyous and blessed Easter to all our visitors and commenters from all of us at Catholicism Pure & Simple. He is Risen! Alleluia, alleluia! Salve, Festa Dies R. Salve festa dies toto venerabilis aevo Qua Deus infernum vicit et … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: Resurrection Sunday, Year A

El Greco, the Resurrection The Grave Could Not Contain Him, Christ Is Risen: Let Us Seek Him Among the Living Paris, April 18, 2014 (Zenit.org) Monsignor Francesco Follo A brief introduction: The Easter that we celebrate today with joy is … Continue reading

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The Sixth and Seventh Sorrows of Mary

The two final sorrows of Our Blessed Lady are: (6) ‘The deposition from the Cross’, and (7) ‘The Entombment of Jesus‘. The Blessed Virgin Mary was intimately associated with her Son’s Passion.“Yes, O Blessed Mother, a sword has truly pierced your … Continue reading

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