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The merit of crosses

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These Saints Had Visions of Heaven and Hell and Revealed What They Saw

During their lifetimes, some saints were given a peek into the happiness of heaven and the horrors of hell. Correggio, “Assumption of the Virgin,” Cathedral of Parmaby Joseph Pronechen  One of the earliest saints to receive a firsthand glimpse into … Continue reading

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Two Saints at the Start of Advent: Bibiana and Francis Xavier

By Peter Kwasniewski, PhD In the traditional calendar, December 2 is the feast of St. Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr. Having been imprisoned for her faith, she refused the sexual advances of her jailer, and was beaten to death with lead-loaded … Continue reading

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Litany of the Saints

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Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist 

Entrance Antiphon, Jn 1:6-7; Lk 1:17: A man was sent form God, whose name was John. He came to testify to the light, to prepare a people fit for the Lord. Preface, The mission of the Precursor:  It is truly … Continue reading

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5 Things St. Gianna and Her Husband Teach Us About Dating, Marriage and Love

Love letters exchanged between St. Gianna and Pietro Molla reveal the loving history of their relationship — and include practical holy tips. Meghan Schultz at the National Catholic Register: She was a doctor who drove to Mass in her Fiat … Continue reading

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What Ten Saints Said Before Going to Heaven

The pursuit of true happiness is always linked to the Cross, which the sublime last words of Saint Andrew the Apostle express so well. “I know the virtue of Thy Holy Cross.” The Latin adage grasps reality so well, talis vita, … Continue reading

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Do You Suffer From Depression? St. Ignatius of Loyola Has Been There Too

By Zubair Simonson at The National Catholic Register: In a secluded cave, near the Catalonian town of Manresa, there was a man. The dancing candlelight pulsed over his clasped hands like a heartbeat. He stood uneven on his knees, for … Continue reading

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“Cor ad Cor Loquitur”: Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

“Cor Ad Cor Loquitur: Heart Speaks to Heart” is a phrase taken from a letter from Saint Francis de Sales. (“Cor ad cor loquitur” was also the motto of the 19th century British convert to the Catholic faith, St. John Henry … Continue reading

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‘Vera fraternitas’: June, the Month of Brothers

By Peter Kwasniewski: ”June is what I like to call “the month of brothers,” where we find a quartet of blood brothers who won through to heaven together.” Gervase and Protase June 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — One of the most … Continue reading

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Readings and Reflections for Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, May 23 Pentecost Sunday – Solemnity Roman Ordinary calendar St. Desiderius, St. William of Rochester Acts of the Apostles 2,1-11. When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise … Continue reading

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Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

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How I Found True Contrition at the Site of My Sins

By Bettine di Fiore at OnePeterFive: Sunday was my thirteenth day in coronavirus quarantine. I must confess that although I have done some liturgical sewing and have spent more time than usual exercising, cooking, and praying, most of this precious … Continue reading

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St. Adrian, Abbot of Canterbury

There is very little information handed down to us about Saint Adrian, but this much is certain: He was born in Africa in the seventh century and while still a very young man became abbot of a Benedictine monastery near … Continue reading

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Giving up gracelessly

According to the Church, yesterday was the feast of Ss Cyril and Methodius. According to my 1938 edition of “Garden of the Soul”, my 1962 edition of “The Manual of Christian Prayer” and the rest of the whole world, yesterday … Continue reading

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