Monthly Archives: December 2018

Some Impractical, Imprudent (Possibly Impudent) New Year’s Resolutions

By Robert Royal at The Catholic Thing: New Year’s resolutions almost always fail. If they didn’t, year after year, we’d see constant improvement in the world, in people around us, in our own selves. Sadly, we don’t.  Steps forward – … Continue reading

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“2018, The Catholic Church’s Year From Hell” – Fr Martins comments

APOCALYPSE 12: 1-9 “This comes from a December 29 social media post by my very good friend, Fr. Carlos Martins. Fr. Martins has many wonderful gifts and, here, he demonstrates his great gift of articulating what comes from his heart. … Continue reading

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An exclusive interview with Father Davide Pagliarani

Father Davide Pagliarani, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, granted an exclusive interview to La Porte Latine, in which he recalls the fruitfulness of the Cross for vocations and families. He insists particularly on the need to keep … Continue reading

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Reflection for The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph–Cycle C

FIRST READING            1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28 In those days Hannah conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the Lord for him.  The next time her husband Elkanah was … Continue reading

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Farewell Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’?

By Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register: The Vatican body aimed at keeping traditional Catholics united with the Successor of Peter looks likely to be suppressed, but sources suggest it could actually be a positive development. Pope Francis is … Continue reading

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Blessed Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko: Martyred Freedom Fighter

By Marek Jan Chodakiewicz at Crisis Magazine: Next year—2019—will mark the 30th anniversary of communism’s collapse in Poland and Eastern Europe. It will also mark 35 years since the murder of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko. I was safe in California when the … Continue reading

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The new Holy Innocents: UK Abortions Hit Record High

(Main photo, Pexels; chapel photo, courtesy of 40 Days for Life DEC. 28, 2018   NEWS ANALYSIS: Britain’s culture of death unveiled in latest government statistics. By K.V. Turley at the National Catholic Register: The latest revised abortion statistics released by … Continue reading

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Aborted babies – our modern day ‘Holy Innocents’

Every child killed by voluntary abortion in our own age is a Holy Innocent. Every politician who supports this killing, implicitly or explicitly, carries on the evil act of Herod. —————- We know well that Holy Innocents continue to be … Continue reading

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From Bethlehem to Greccio with St Francis of Assisi

  by David Torkington  Throughout his life St Francis was consumed by a desire to give his life for Christ.  This desire burst into an unquenchable flame when he received news that six of his brothers had been martyred preaching … Continue reading

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The First Christmas in Freedom of Asia Bibi: with Her Husband and Surrounded by Uncertainty

 COMMENT  This is the latest update on the outrageous situation of Asia Bibi, the poor Pakistani Christian woman falsely accused of blasphemy against false-prophet Mohammed, who has languished in jail for the last nine years. Despite the Pakistani Supreme Court … Continue reading

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26th December, St Stephen, First martyr

Station at St Stephen’s on the Coelian Hill The Church was still in her infancy when Stephen, renowned for his virtues, received from the Apostles the mission to organise the meals where the poor were fed in common. He worked … Continue reading

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Thank God for faithful priests, who, like St Joseph, are often quiet heroes

December 24, 2018 LifeSiteNews St Joseph is often depicted in art or nativity scenes as an old, rather frail-looking man. Regardless of his actual age, though, he was anything but weak. St Joseph was a carpenter, which means he was … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas

The CP&S team would like to wish all our readers a happy Christmas. May the Holy Infant bless you and hold you in His loving embrace!

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Fr Doyle’s Christmas Letter from the Trenches

From the blog, REMEMBERING FR WILLIE DOYLE SJ Fr Doyle wrote the following Christmas letter to his sister from the trenches. It gives some insight into the hardship of his life, the humour and humanity with which he greeted these hardships, … Continue reading

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Padre Pio’s Christmas Meditation

Appearing in volume four of the Italian-language edition of Padre Pio’s letters, this essay was taken from Padre Pio’s hand-written notebooks. Far into the night, at the coldest time of the year, in a chilly grotto, more suitable for a flock … Continue reading

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