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The Catholic Vocation of J.R.R. Tolkien

From Fr George W. Rutler’s ‘Weekly Column’ In recent weeks, long lines streamed into the Morgan Library to see a display of J.R.R. Tolkien’s memorabilia and his art, mostly drawings and watercolors. Other authors like William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Easter – Cycle C

First Reading: Acts of the Apostles (14:21-27) After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits … Continue reading

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Catholic Church Meltdown in Ireland

Comment:  No surprises here anymore. It’s been pretty evident for a long time that Ireland is heading the race down the fast track to a total abandonment of Catholicism. The small remnant of true Catholics in Ireland still clinging to … Continue reading

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Little Nellie Craved a Kiss From Someone Who Had Just Received the Eucharist

From Mary’s blog * In 1906 Ireland, a toddler nicknamed ‘Little Nellie’ was dying tragically from TB in a Catholic convent. But she had the spunk to suggest a barter to her statue of the Infant of Prague: “Jesus, if … Continue reading

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Cardinal Urges: Francis “Must” Finally Provide For Clarity

Utrecht Cardinal Willem Eijk, Netherlands, said that Francis “must” create clarity concerning the teachings on marriage, adultery, intercommunion, and homosexual fornication. Talking to LifeSiteNews.com (May 15), Eijk reminds of his previous, unheard pleas to Francis from January 2018 and May … Continue reading

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Alabama Senate Outlaws Abortion, Setting up Supreme Court Roe v. Wade Challenge

A Comment on NCR: Would this excellent news of the triumph over the Culture of Death in the Senate of Alabama have been possible were it not for a pro-life President? No way! “Truly these things have only come to … Continue reading

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Is Pope Francis trying to open the door to contraception?

From John-Henry Westen, editor of LifeSiteNews: The Catholic Church has faced an internal war against her teaching on contraception for decades with the Popes fighting valiantly to defend and explain why the Church promotes openness to life. Unfortunately, on this … Continue reading

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Vatican Prohibition on Medjugorje Overturned by Pope Francis

By David Martin In a direct breach of a 2013 CDF decree, Pope Francis has decided to authorize pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, which can now be officially organized by dioceses and parishes without being restricted to a private capacity as … Continue reading

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May 13, 1917, Mary’s Promise

One hundred and two years and counting … ”You are going to suffer a great deal, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” Our Lady’s words to Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta echo down the long years of this … Continue reading

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Opinion piece: The Dubia Were Answered

Elizabeth A. Mitchell at The Catholic Thing: Saturday, May 11, 2019 Perhaps it was because Notre-Dame de Paris was burning. Perhaps it was because the best place to hide something from view is in plain sight.  Or perhaps it was because … Continue reading

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Day 9 of the Novena to Our Lady of Fatima

  Day 9: Message of Hope Reflection Overall, Our Lady of Fatima’s message is full of hope! Her plan for consecration and conversions leads to holiness in our homes and families. She warns us about the evils in the world … Continue reading

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Why 153 Fish?

From Fr George W. Rutler’s ‘Weekly Column’ The English priest John Colet was influenced by his friends Erasmus and Saint Thomas More. As Dean of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London, he founded Saint Paul’s School for boys in 1509 on … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 4th Sunday after Easter – Cycle C

  First Reading Acts of the Apostles 13:14, 43-52 Paul and Barnabas continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats. Many Jews and worshipers who were converts to … Continue reading

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Day 8 of the Novena to Our Lady of Fatima

  Day 8: Pray for Priests Reflection Our Lady emphasized prayer and sacrifice. If we are willing to pray and make sacrifices for the priesthood, we the Laity can become a powerhouse for the good of the Church. Even the … Continue reading

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Day 7 of the Novena to Our Lady of Fatima

  Day 7: Third Secret of Fatima Reflection Sister Lucia did not reveal the Third Secret of Fatima until much later. In her description of the vision, Lucia quotes an Angel with a flaming sword who pointed to the earth … Continue reading

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