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The Holy Guardian Angels

  by David Werlin Detail of the Assumption and Annunciation fresco by Filippino Lippi, 1491 The Holy Guardian Angels God hath given His Angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear … Continue reading

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Religious Indifferentism

from: RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENTISM by Fr. Michael Rodríguez    In the beginning, God decreed that “the woman” would crush the serpent’s head (Gen 3:15): by Divine Providence, the holy Mother of God is the great vanquisher of heresies. Thus, it … Continue reading

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October: The month of the Holy Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his … Continue reading

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St. Jerome: September 30th.

by David Werling St. Jerome by Albrecht Dürer, 1521 St. Jerome Confessor, Doctor of the Church In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed … Continue reading

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Collect of the Day: Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael and the Devil by Raffaello Sanzio, 1518   The Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel (Michaelmas) Bless the Lord, all ye His Angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute His word, hearkening to the voice of … Continue reading

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The phoney war in the Church: five linguistic thoughts on THAT interview

from: Like speed, language is also war. It’s the stuff of propaganda. It’s the stuff of rousing pre-battle speeches and of post-battle excuses. It’s the handiwork of spies and the tool of diplomats. Yes, language is war in every … Continue reading

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St. Vincent De Paul – September 27th.

St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. He enjoyed his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs. Such had been his progress in four years that a gentleman chose … Continue reading

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Are you saved?” No, but I’m working on it …

from:   From a traditional mission priest and friend of Rorate: Let us focus our attention on the difference between Redemption and Salvation. Over the last 50 years or so there has been much confusion over who is saved … Continue reading

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Fr Wilfrid Faber: the author who John XXIII read before bedtime

from: The unfairly maligned founder of the London Oratory died 150 years ago By Fr Julian Large Fr Wilfrid Faber once said: ‘I walk down the street in my habit and I feel I dispel invincible ignorance wherever I go’ Preaching … Continue reading

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Sts. Cosmas & Damian: September 26th.

Sts. Cosmas & Damian were twins and early Christian martyrs born in Arabia who practised the art of healing in the seaport of Aegea (modern Ayas) in the Gulf of Issus, then in the Roman province of Syria. They accepted … Continue reading

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Wednesday General Audience: On the Unity of the Church (Full text)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the “Creed” we say “I believe in One …  Church,” that is, we profess that the Church is one and this Church is, in herself, unity. However, if we look at the Catholic Church in … Continue reading

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Continuity and Discontinuity in Liturgy and Theology

from: by Peter Kwasniewski The fundamental problem in modern Catholic theology, as in modern Catholic worship and life, is rupture and discontinuity with Tradition—that is, the modernism of breaking with the living identity of the past by introducing novelties of … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Mercy: September 24th

Our Lady of Mercy. On the 24th of September we have the Feast to Our Lady of Mercy. Beautiful and consoling title! Our Lady and her Son are so great that we cannot possibly designate only one or two days … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Administrators of the Good, Not Only of Goods By Monsignor Francesco Follo  1)     A not so much baffling statement. In today’s Gospel Jesus makes a statement that at first sight seems baffling.  At the end of the parable of the … Continue reading

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Every Unborn Child Has the Face of the Lord: Pope Francis addresses medical professionals.

Calls on Medical Professionals to ‘Spread the Gospel of Life’ By Junno Arocho Esteves  “Every unborn child, condemned unjustly to be aborted, has the face of the Lord.” Pope Francis stressed these words today during a meeting with hundreds of … Continue reading

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