Monthly Archives: January 2015

“How to keep the beautiful virtue of purity” – St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco (1815–1888) was born in Italy to a poor farming family. His father died when he was two, leaving his religious instruction to his pious mother. At the age of nine he had his first of many powerful … Continue reading

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Reconnecting With Mary . . . Pontmain Apparition, France, January 1871

Reprinted by kind permission of the Author. By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The Franco-Prussian War, which began in 1870, was the backdrop to this silent apparition of Our Lady at Pontmain in northwestern France. By January 1871, the country was in … Continue reading

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Pope Francis approved family synod’s controversial mid-term report before publication: synod chief

ROME, January 29, 2015 ( The lead organizer of the Vatican’s Synod on the Family has revealed that Pope Francis approved the controversial mid-term report from the meeting before it was published. Until now, Pope Francis’ role in the document’s … Continue reading

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A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal

By: Msgr. Charles Pope A couple of weeks ago I wrote a cautionary article aimed at my traditionally-minded brethren saying, among other things, that we ought to be careful in identifying the Ordinary Form of the Mass (1970 Missal and … Continue reading

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A Sermon by Cardinal Burke: On the Marriage of the Virgin Mary with St Joseph

H/t to New Liturgical Movement January 23rd is the traditional day of the feast called “The Espousal of the Virgin Mary with St Joseph.” Although never on the general Calendar, it was kept by many religious orders, especially those with … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Aquinas – the ‘5 Ways’ in Context

Today is the feast of the ‘Angelic Doctor’, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Dominican friar, priest, and scholar. He was born to a noble and well-connected family, the son of a Count, and a lucrative career was planned for him. When … Continue reading

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“It is well; it is well with my soul” – (video with story behind the hymn)

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Pope Francis: Full text of Lenten Message.

Full text of Pope Francis’s Lenten Message: Make your hearts firm (Jas 5:8) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of … Continue reading

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Why we all need Holocaust Memorial Day; No Man Is An Island.

The following article from The Daily Telegraph (minus the short poem by John Donne added by me) should be required reading by everyone on this Holocaust Memorial Day. No Man Is An Island No man is an island, Entire … Continue reading

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Latest interview with Archbishop Gänswein

H/t to In Caelo et in Terra and Rorate Caeli : January 22, 2015 An interesting interview in Christ & Welt, a weekly supplement to Die Zeit in Germany, with Archbishop Georg Gänswein yesterday. It sheds some interesting lights on recent developments in the Vatican, such as Pope Francis’ … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ: The Original Mystic

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Pope Pius XII and Fatima

‘Suppose, dear friend, that Communism [one of “the errors of Russia” mentioned in the Message of Fatima] was only the most visible of the instruments of subversion to be used against the Church and the traditions of Divine Revelation. … … Continue reading

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Matthew’s Prologue and Me

Originally posted on crabbymystic:
All profitable films seem to get at least one sequel and possibly a prequel. The more details given about beloved characters the better. For Jesus the sequel is ongoing, and his prequel is billed in the…

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Lectio Divina: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

The Call to Be United With God and One Another Paris, January 23, 2015 ( Monsignor Francesco Follo 1) The call to conversion. The readings of the Liturgy of the Word this Sunday take us back to the theme already … Continue reading

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Time | Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Year B,  eh? ABC … WXYZ, so there! After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of  God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Father Michael Chuah … Continue reading

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