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The Drop Box

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THE MEANING OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

From Fr Robert Barron At the Transfiguration, Moses was there representing the law and Elijah was there representing the prophets. But why were Peter, James, and John present? And what does this event mean to us today? St. Thomas Aquinas … Continue reading

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Purifying the Soul

Meditation (3) taken from ‘An Introduction to the Devout Life’ by St. Francis de Sales. “THE flowers appear on the earth,” says the Heavenly Bridegroom, and the time for pruning and cutting is come. And what, my child, are our … Continue reading

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Rorate Caeli interview with Cardinal Burke and details of the Cardinal’s visit to the UK

Last week, Rorate Caeli interviewed Raymond Cardinal Burke via telephone on numerous topics. Nothing was off the table for this interview and His Eminence was incredibly generous with his time. He showed himself to be brilliant and yet filled with humility. And … Continue reading

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The Nature and Excellence of Devotion

Meditation (2) from ‘An Introduction to the Devout Life’ by St. Francis de Sales The world runs down true devotion, painting devout people with gloomy, melancholy aspect, and affirming that religion makes them dismal and unpleasant. But even as Joshua … Continue reading

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What True Devotion Is

Meditations taken from ‘An Introduction to the Devout Life’ by St. Francis de Sales to help us on way through Lent.  YOU aim at a devout life, dear child, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most … Continue reading

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Who Am I to Judge?

By RONALD MANN on ‘Crisis Magazine‘ I am sick and tired of this “who am I to judge?” silliness. Only God can judge the state of the human soul. But it is pure humbug to suggest we cannot and should … Continue reading

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A Novice Reminisces about Thomas Merton

From My Unquiet Heart Part 1 Part 2

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England and Liberty: The Problem of Catholicism

From The Imaginative Conservative It is undeniable that American constitutionalism and the ordered liberty it provides have historical roots in England. Nevertheless, one might be excused for finding it somewhat ironic that American Catholics join other Americans in seeing themselves … Continue reading

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Minimalist Monday: 10 Simplifying Lessons from The Rule of St. Benedict

Whether you’re Christian or not, some interesting insights can be gained from The Rule of St. Benedict. For those constantly overwhelmed by physical possessions, internal clutter and society’s spiralling superfluity, The Rule of St. Benedict, can be a mighty tool … Continue reading

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Fellow Blogger VOX CANTORIS Threatened with Lawsuit by Vatican Official Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

We may have come late to announcing this shocking news, already widely reported by Catholic bloggers all over the web, but we stand firmly with Vox Cantoris (David Domet) and in solidarity with him for his valiant fight for Truth, … Continue reading

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Francis says “Reform of the Reform” is “mistaken”. “Traditionalist” seminarians criticized, Pope says their “imbalances” are manifested in their celebration of the liturgy

Again, we must thank Rorate for bringing this worrying news from Rome to wider attention.  http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/02 Most media attention on Pope Francis’ annual meeting with the clergy of Rome (held yesterday, February 19) has been focused on his remarks on … Continue reading

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The times are dire. So where are the priests we desperately need to lead us?

By ANTHONY ESOLEN You are an eighty-year-old scout and trapper on the high plains far west of the Mississippi. You have with you an officer of the United States Army, a roving hunter of beehives, their affianced brides, an almost … Continue reading

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“The Heroism of the Christian Martyrs” – Let’s look at them in the face

from: Rorate Caeli, http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-heroism-of-christian-martyrs-lets.html How can the Church waste time with pseudo-questions, such as “communion for ‘remarried’ divorceed”, when scores of Christians are being slaughtered every single day?   by Antonio Socci Libero February 18, 2015 THE POPE SHOULD HAVE … Continue reading

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… and unto Dust thou shalt return

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