Monthly Archives: May 2014

Condemnation for venial sins?

Father Fortea over at Catholic Spiritual Direction answers the question of whether one can be condemned for “little” sins? A.  No. Eternal condemnation is so horrendous, so terrible, that it is reserved for grave sins. Only one who dies in a … Continue reading

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 31st May

On the last day of May – the month dedicated to Our Blessed Lady – we celebrate the joyful feast of ‘the Visitation’, where Mary is greeted in great exultation by her cousin Elizabeth, “Blessed art though among women, and … Continue reading


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Luther & Militant Secularism: the Crisis & the Remedy

An outstanding sermon! (H/T to Brian Ó Caithnia for drawing my attention to it.)

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Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord: Forty Days after Easter

Presence of God – O Jesus, who ascended into heaven, grant that I, too, may live there in spirit By Dan Burke at Catholic Spiritual Direction MEDITATION The central idea in the liturgy today is the raising of our hearts … Continue reading

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Santo Subito

Pope Pius XII blesses U.S. troops in the Vatican – June 1944   Thanks to Paul Priest who shared this video on the discussion thread of the Catholic Herald post on the stalling of the Cause for Beatification of Pius … Continue reading

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Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

For all outrages committed against Our Blessed Lord: O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for me is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Your altar (or in Your presence) eager to repair by a special act … Continue reading

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Q & A with Pope Francis on board Tel Aviv to Rome flight

ANDREA TORNIELLI ON THE FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV TO ROME Pope Francis speaks to journalists on board the flight from Tel Aviv to Rome, answering questions off the cuff for an hour despite his exhausting trip: Abuse against minors “At … Continue reading

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God Hidden and Unknown

“I throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle like a dog at the foot of his Master.” (St. John Vianney) From VULTUS CHRISTI The Auction Someone informed me, yesterday, of an auction being held this weekend at a farm not … Continue reading

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State of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

BREAKING NEWS published on Air Maria (of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate) By Father Angelo Mary Geiger “In this post I am publishing two documents. First, there is an unsigned piece written by a friar of the Immaculate, which has … Continue reading

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Pope Francis in the Holy Land

A letter from Dr Robert Moynihan: May 25, 2014, Sunday — An unscheduled stop, and a proposal “I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer  to God for the … Continue reading

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Knox on Sunday – 6th Sunday after Easter

I am afraid that we don’t have a biblical reflection this week. To try to fill the gap, I thought that it would be good to present the scriptures in the rather marvellous translation of Mgr Ronald Knox.

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May 24 World Day of Prayer for China, established by Pope Benedict XVI


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Friendship and fraternal correction

Over at Our Sunday Visitor Msgr Charles Pope answers a reader’s question: Can Catholics have gay friends? If so, under what circumstances? Answer: Yes, though as you indicate, circumstances are important. Some friendships are close and personal, others are more peripheral. Some friendships … Continue reading

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Father Willie Doyle: Forgotten War Hero

by K. V. Turley (CRISIS MAGAZINE) In an unmarked grave in those now silent fields of Flanders lies the body of an Irish priest. Like so many caught up in the conflict that came to be known as the Great … Continue reading

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Saint Rita of Cascia

The Precious Pearl/The Story of Saint Rita of Casica (Abridged) by Michael DiGregorio, OSA Antonio and Amata Lotti, natives of Roccaporena, a tiny village in the Umbrian Hills of the republic of Cascia, were well-respected peacemakers in their town who … Continue reading

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