Monthly Archives: September 2014


Scandal is dangerous because it makes us sheep skittish. It arouses strong negative emotions which can overwhelm us and lead to disappointment and even despair. It might even make us think that our carefully nurtured Faith might be false. Scandal is always … Continue reading

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A Nice Summing Up

From Glynnis Whitwer via Twitter

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Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ – St. Jerome

Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio on The Crossroads Initiative “This famous excerpt from Jerome’s Commentary on Isaiah (Nn. 1.2: CCL 73, 1-3) is used in the Roman Office of Readings for the Feast (liturgical memorial) of St. Jerome on September 30. In it, … Continue reading

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The Archangels

Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction “You should be aware that the word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. … Continue reading

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Thoughts for September 28 from Fr Willie Doyle

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Coins vs Fruit

My PP used a lovely phrase today in his sermon: “Good works are not coins with which to buy entrance to Heaven, they are the fruit of redemption by Grace”. Sorry about the picture, I was rushed.  

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Good and Faithful Servant – Blessed Alvaro del Portillo

Well over 200.000 Catholics from 80 countries gathered in Madrid yesterday for the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo (affectionately known as ‘Don Alvaro’), successor of St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer as Prelate of Opus Dei between the years 1982 to … Continue reading

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From D.E. Barker on Twitter

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Twin saints: Cosmas and Damian

Partly taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia. Saints Cosmas and Damian, whose feast day is 26th September, were natives of Asia Minor, born in Cilicia, part of today’s Turkey. Their father, who was a pagan, died while they were still quite … Continue reading

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VATICAN CITY, September 25, 2014 ( – Drawing from the first reading’s exclamation, “Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” Pope Francis spoke today in his morning homily about Christians’ temptation to “make themselves seen” when doing good. During his … Continue reading

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Dome of Home documentary

This 25 minute documentary, with contributions from Bishop Mark Davies of the Shrewsbury Diocese, shows how the “Dome of Home” church – the Church of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena – is thriving under the care of Canon Amaury Montjean … Continue reading

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Bishop Mark Davies Speaks At Walsingham

“In this eastern corner of England a simple house was built almost a millennium ago as a replica of the family home of Nazareth so all generations in this land would never lose sight of the place of the home … Continue reading

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Black Holes

Hi, BB here, interloping with something which is not pure Catholicism, but interesting nonetheless. I believe Catholics should be interested in everything that isn’t sinful, especially if it causes them brain-ache. Please watch Prof. Leonard Susskind from Stanford Uni, his mother’s … Continue reading

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Serving the Holy Mass of Padre Pio

First published on The Shield of Faith. “The Mass of Padre Pio! No one will be able to describe it. Only one who has had the privilege of living it can understand. . . “ Fra Modestino Fucci (1917-2011) was … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Paris, September 19, 2014 ( Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) An apparent injustice. With the parable of the owner of the vineyard, who at different times of the day calls laborers to work for him and in the evening gives to … Continue reading

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