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Leonie Martin, the ‘difficult’ sister of St Thérèse of Lisieux

On a memorable pilgrimage that I made with my mother to Lisieux in 1997 for the centenary of the death of St Thérèse, we also visited Alençon (birthplace of the Martin sisters) and Caen where Thérèse’s elder sister, Léonie, lived … Continue reading

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Fr Doyle’s Christmas Letter from the Trenches

From the blog, REMEMBERING FR WILLIE DOYLE SJ Fr Doyle wrote the following Christmas letter to his sister from the trenches. It gives some insight into the hardship of his life, the humour and humanity with which he greeted these hardships, … Continue reading

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Thor, St. Boniface, and the Origin of the Christmas Tree

We have probably all heard it said that the origins of the Christmas tree were pagan, right? But did we believe this tale? And even if we did, did we really care anyway? After all, they look so pretty, colourful … Continue reading

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The Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month at the Eleventh Hour: 100 Years Since the End of WW1

By Father George W. Rutler  Pier 54 on the Hudson River is a short walk from our church. On display are pictures of the Titanic and the Lusitania, which is not encouraging for public relations. The Titanic was supposed to berth there, but … Continue reading

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Good Bishops must stay in their Diocese says Vatican

Only For Him: Bishop Schneider Must Stay Eleven Months A Year at Home Nope, it’s not a bad joke, however much it might sound like one! GloriaTV reports that: The Vatican has asked Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider not to leave Astana … Continue reading

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EWTN Live: Pat Kenny on the Life of Father Willie Doyle, SJ

This is a MUST SEE video for all! Having been a longtime devotee of the once little known Jesuit priest, Fr Willie Doyle, I am delighted to discover that he is finally moving into the limelight. Many Catholics are hoping … Continue reading

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St Thérèse of Lisieux’s Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus

St Thérèse of Lisieux’s full name in religion was St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. It was on the day that she received the Habit that she herself added the title “and of the Holy Face” … Continue reading

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The Meaning of the Names of the Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Today we celebrate the feast of three of the holy archangels. Their names have special meanings for their intercession between God and man. The name of the Archangel Michael, Protector of the Church, means “Who is like God?” The name … Continue reading

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An Unholy Experience in Confession

From an anonymous contributor to our blog It was a long time since I had found myself up in London, and remembering a lovely “Day with Mary” in Westminster Cathedral that I had enjoyed a few years ago, I decided … Continue reading

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The Stages of Grief as we witness the Spiritual Death of the Institutional Catholic Church

An extremely forthright post from VOX CANTORIS on the “40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Report 1” (with link) was posted yesterday. The tremendous scale of the sex abuse crisis led this infuriated Catholic blogger to plead: ”O GOD, SEND FORTH … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom from Five Holy Nuns in Times of Adversity

We spend our lives fighting the trying burden of multiple afflictions, seeking ways to alleviate them whatever the cost. They take away from our peace of mind, from the kindness and attention we owe to those around us, and in … Continue reading

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US bishop orders halt to Communion services without a priest

We could hope that more bishops order a halt to this most Protestant type of practice. Prayer services according to the Liturgy of the Hours, without partking of Holy Communion in the absence of a priest, are perfectly legitimate. by … Continue reading

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What do Catholics do when the Church’s Body is being torn apart?

This paradoxical question is being asked by many unhappy Catholics today. Division, heretical practices and confusion has never been so bad. Good priests and faithful laymen can no longer rely on their peers or shepherds for assurance or protection when, … Continue reading

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The Lies of the Spanish Left in their “Law of Historic Memory”

Scant notice has been given by the international media to one of the most notorious anti-Catholic ambitions of Spain’s new socialist Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and which is contained in a twisted one-sided version of “The Law of Historic Memory”. … Continue reading

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The Angel of Portugal’s Second Visit to the Fatima Visionaries

  The second Apparition of the Angel to the three children of Fatima in 1916 must have been at the height of summer, when the heat of the day was so intense that they had to take the sheep home … Continue reading

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