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Aspirations, Ejaculatory Prayer and Holy Thoughts

We continue our journey through St. Francis de Sales’ ‘Introduction to the Devout Life’ with this inspiring meditation of the day. WE retire with God, because we aspire to Him, and we aspire in order to retire with Him; so … Continue reading

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Overwhelming majority in San Francisco support Archbishop Cordileone’s efforts: online poll

[Latest update from LifeSite/News] We did it! In the space of less than a single day we raised the $30k needed to run a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle thanking Archbishop Cordileone for his faithfulness. The response was … Continue reading

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Nigerian Bishop Says Christ Showed Him How to Beat Islamic Terror Group

From the Church Militant blog by Ryan Fitzgerald, April 21, 2015 Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, head of the Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria’s Borno State, was in a chapel praying before the Blessed Sacrament last December when, he says, something extraordinary happened: … Continue reading

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Feisty Nuns

From Father Ed’s Blog (the Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate)   There are those on this blog [Fr. Ed’s blog] who believe I am harsh in criticising modernist liberalism within Christianity. So be it. My criticism will continue because I sincerely believe liberalism … Continue reading

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St Thérèse’s parents coped with ‘21st century problems’

By David V Barrett – Catholic Herald (22 April 2015) Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin are expected to be declared saints at the family synod in October and their relics will tour the UK next month Blessed Louis and Zélie … Continue reading

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Cardinal Burke Responds to Recent Criticisms

In an Italian-language interview, the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta said, ‘I am not against the Pope; I have never spoken out against the Pope. … My purpose is to serve the truth. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, … Continue reading

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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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