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St. Bernadette of Lourdes – 16th April

Bernadette (the sobriquet by which she was universally known) was the daughter of François Soubirous (Francés Sobirós in Occitan) (1807–1871), a miller, and Louise (Loïsa Casteròt in Occitan) (1825–1866), a laundress. She was the eldest of nine children, four of … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Retirement – St. Francis de Sales

THIS is a matter to which I am very anxious to win your attention, for in it lies one of the surest means of spiritual progress. Strive as often as possible through the day to place yourself in God’s Presence … Continue reading

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Going Dutch

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What Pope Francis Really Said About The Armenian Massacre

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS ON THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF “METZ YEGHERN” AND PROCLAMATION OF ST GREGORY OF NAREK AS A DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH Dear Armenian Brothers and Sisters, A century has passed since that horrific massacre which … Continue reading

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Bishop Mark Davies’ Pastoral Letter for Divine Mercy Sunday

A Pastoral Letter to be read at Mass in all the churches and chapels of the Diocese of Shrewsbury on the Second Sunday of Easter, 12th April 2015 On the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy My dear brother and sisters, I … Continue reading

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More on Prayer – from St. Francis de Sales

Concerning Dryness in Meditation SHOULD it happen sometimes, my child, that you have no taste for or consolation in your meditation, I entreat you not to be troubled, but seek relief in vocal prayer, bemoan yourself to our Lord, confess … Continue reading

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The ‘Angel’ Among The Garbage-pickers

Amid the filth and despair of Cairo’s worst slums, a middle-class ‘lady in white’ feels called by God to protect the children who must sort rubbish to stay alive. [This article first appeared in the latest edition of the Catholic … Continue reading

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On Redefining Reality: A Dialogue

This excellent and highly amusing article from “Crisis Magazine” was brought to our attention by CP&S commenter, Geoff Kiernan, on 31st March. We have been holding it till after Holy Week and reproduce it today. Thanks Geoff! By James Jacobs … Continue reading

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Betrayed Traditions

Archbishop Lefebvre said in 1991, “We are dealing with people (at the top of the Church) who have a different philosophy from ours, a different way of seeing, who are influenced by all modern subjectivist philosophers. For them, there is … Continue reading

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The Necessity of Prayer – St. Francis de Sales

We continue with the instruction of St. Francis de Sales, taken from ‘Introduction to the Devout Life’. 1. PRAYER opens the understanding to the brightness of Divine Light, and the will to the warmth of Heavenly Love – nothing can … Continue reading

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What Impact Will Pressure to Accept Same Sex Acts or “Marriage” have on Church Teaching? (Hint: none).

By: Msgr. Charles Pope Last week was Holy Week, so sure enough there were many critical issues in the news that needed attention but we in the Church were off doing more important things like worshipping God and pondering our … Continue reading

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All of life is Easter: three quotes on Christian feast days

by Ben Myers “All our life is a festival. Since we are persuaded that God is present everywhere on all sides, we praise God as we till the ground, we sing hymns as we sail the sea, we feel God’s … Continue reading

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#TwitterSPC

By Br. Alexis Bugnolo on ‘From Rome’ (on 3rd April) WHAT IS IT? This week saw an effort by multinational corporations in a concerted action to attack religious liberty of God fearing souls in the State of Indiana, USA. That … Continue reading

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The Blood and Water from His Side

From the Catecheses of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church: If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. “Sacrifice a lamb without … Continue reading

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Kiss of Christ

There He hangs — pale figure pinned against the wood. God grant that I could love Him as I really know I should. I draw a little closer to share that love Divine And almost hear Him whisper, “Ah foolish … Continue reading

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