Monthly Archives: November 2015

Roses amid Thorns – (thought for the day from St Thomas À Kempis)

“The custody of the senses is the bedrock of purity, as discipline is of peace and one’s cell is of devotion. When anger takes hold of a person’s thinking, wisdom then departs even from one who is prudent. Whoever speaks … Continue reading

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Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ?

 A few days ago, with the civilised world still reeling in the aftermath of the horrific and barbaric Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris, I read this startling post from Canadian ‘knight for truth’, Vox Cantoris. Here is a blogger who … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C

  Advent: Waiting and Visit   (ZENIT.org) Archbishop Francesco Follo Roman Rite Jer 33.14-16; Ps 25; 1 Thes 3.12 to 4.2; Lk 21, 25-28.34-36   1) Wait for a visit The season of Advent has been chosen by the Church … Continue reading

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A Little Saturday Nonsense (or not)

I’m sorry – but I couldn’t resist. (H/T Lawrence England & Guy Bridgeport)  

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A Guide for Confession

Returning to the practice of  regular Confession will be central to the forthcoming Year of Mercy. As each Diocese will have at least one designated Church, the Holy Door through which one will enter finding a Priest ready to hear … Continue reading

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Preparing Our Hearts for Advent

Ready is my heart, O God, ready is my heart (Ps. 107:2) Written by Hannah M. Brockhaus One of my favorite ways to pray during Advent is by candlelight. Easily distracted by the anxieties and to-do lists of everyday life, … Continue reading

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Of scapulars, devotions and Russian jet fighters

Another excellent post from Fr. John Zuhlsdorf; Some people are quite disciplined in the matter of wearing a scapular. This comes from Latin scapulae, shoulder blades. Scapulars are garments, usually associated with religious habits, which fall down from the shoulders, … Continue reading

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Shocking Desecration

by Father Jerabek In Spain, a deeply troubled “artist” designed a blasphemous “work of art” using 242 consecrated hosts that he pilfered by attending Masses over a period of time and receiving Holy Communion in the hand. (One news source … Continue reading

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Pray for Mother Angelica

Mother Angelica, the Franciscan nun known for her zeal and feistiness in regards to spreading the faith is on a feeding tube and her overall health is declining according to the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery Family Newsletter, see link below … Continue reading

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Don’t mess with “gay marriage”

Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula. Quite a few places in Australia’s south bear pretty French names, largely due to the fact that Britain and France were in a race in the 18th century to chart or lay claim to bits of the … Continue reading

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Archbishop Gänswein praises Cardinal Sarah for his prophetic witness

By Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register: Cardinal Robert Sarah’s boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North African Pope who laid the foundations for healthy church-state relations, Archbishop George Gänswein … Continue reading

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Francis, a Pope left alone at the command?

  How, pray God, did we come to this? from: Monday Vatican http://www.mondayvatican.com By Andrea Gagliarducci  Marked by shock over the Paris attacks, the past week began with Pope Francis’ visit to the Christuskirche Lutheran Church in Rome on Sunday, … Continue reading

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The astonishing prayer of Fatima

by Stephen Bullivant (and first published in the ‘Catholic Herald’) Surely the ‘O my Jesus’ prayer is too deep for three shepherd children to have invented all by themselves? On Sunday the Bullivant family went to Barnes, to visit the … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B

King of Truth and Love   Paris, (ZENIT.org) Archbishop Francesco Follo Roman Rite Dn 7, 13-14; Ps 93; Rev 1, 5-8; Jn 18, 33b-37   A King crowned with thorns, a witness (martyr) of the truth of love. On this … Continue reading

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The Need for Catholic Manhood in a World of Disruption and Disorder

By Maike Hickson and published on ‘OnePeterFive‘ After the first terrorist attack in Paris in January of 2014, I began working on this essay. Following the most recent attacks, I decided it was time to finish it and see it … Continue reading

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