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The Incredible Hidden Suffering and Final Words of Famed Seer (0)

May 13, 2017 • Category: Lives of Saints

When officials released Fatima seer Lucia dos Santos’ first memoir in 1976, great light was shed on the extraordinary and largely hidden lives of the two younger visionaries — Francisco and Jacinta Marto. Recall often we should how these two siblings, who were Lucia’s cousins and best friends, died very soon after the dramatic apparitions […]

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Benedictine Wisdom»

Not Only for Monks: Bernard of Clairvaux’s Monastic Sermons (Comments Off)

As a Cistercian abbot, St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) had the responsibility of teaching monks through commentary on the Rule of Benedict and Scripture. In partially meeting this responsibility the founder of Clairvaux Abbey, and subsequently named Doctor of the Church, wrote more than 700 sermons in his life. Monastic Sermons, translated by Daniel Griggs […]

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Br. Mark»

My Bickering Spirit (0)

I need to admit that I struggle with the ‘Spirit of Bickering’. I try not to. However, in my pride, I think I am above it, which is based on a deep-seated arrogance that I see deeper than others, or that I am better than they are. That is a sin since it is based […]

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Church Fathers»

God Knows Our Hearts (Comments Off)

Mammon is the Hebrew word for “riches;’ just as in Punic the word for “profit” is mammon. What are we to do? What did the Lord command? “Make yourselves friends with the mam­mon of iniquity [dishonest wealth], so that they too, when you begin to fail, may receive you into eternal shelters:” It is easy, […]

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Help! My pastor wants to make the church pretty, and I want to feed the poor! (0)

Sound like any parishes you know? ——————————————- Aletetia: Why be either/or when we can be both/and? Katrina, At my parish the priest has started a fundraising campaign for church renovations. He’s trying to raise a hundred thousand dollars to purchase statues, install a mural, fix up the confessionals, and add an altar rail. He also […]

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Desert Wisdom»

The wisdom of discretion (0)

. . . I remind you of a certain old man called Heron, who by paying no attention to discretion brought to nothing all his earlier labors and, what is more, came to a miserable end. A few days ago by the tricks of the devil he was cast down from the heights to the […]

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Human Rights»

‘Embryo jewelry’ a sign we’ve taken the wrong path, IVF critic says (0)

(CNA/EWTN News).- For one critic, a report that IVF-conceived embryos are being cremated and turned into jewelry for their mothers shows the basic problem with the artificial creation of human embryos. “I have no words. I have no category for who would think this would be something good to do,” said Jennifer Lahl, the founder […]

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Instruction»

Concerning popular religion… (0)

Popular religion has to a great extent betrayed man’s inner spirit and turned him over, like Samson, with his hair cut off and his eyes dug out, to turn the mill of a self-frustrating and self-destroying culture. The cliches of popular religion have in many cases become every bit as hollow and as false as […]

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Lectio Divina»

Pray Often and Read Often (Comments Off)

For those who practice it, the experience of lectio sacra sharpens perception, enriches understanding, rouses from sloth, banishes idleness, orders life, corrects bad habits, produces salutary weeping and draws tears from contrite hearts . . . curbs idle speech and vanity, awakens longing for Christ and the heavenly homeland. It must always be accompanied by […]

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Liturgy of the Hours»

A canticle a day (Comments Off)

Let the ancient words of Mary, Zechariah, or Simeon leave their mark on your heart. One of the most valuable experiences from my boarding school days—and one that has remained with me—is the habit of formal prayer. I remember praying the Nunc Dimittis at night prayer in the quiet of my high school chapel: “Now […]

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Lives of Saints»

The Incredible Hidden Suffering and Final Words of Famed Seer (0)

When officials released Fatima seer Lucia dos Santos’ first memoir in 1976, great light was shed on the extraordinary and largely hidden lives of the two younger visionaries — Francisco and Jacinta Marto. Recall often we should how these two siblings, who were Lucia’s cousins and best friends, died very soon after the dramatic apparitions […]

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Living the Rule»

The give and take during retreats (0)

you only get what you put in Watching the dynamic process that happens when a group comes for retreats is fascinating. The size of these groups can go from 4 participants to 45. No matter the size, when people come together to listen, learn as well as to participate, there is often a deep bonding […]

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Marian»

Five Titles for the Virgin Mary you wouldn’t expect (0)

These names for Mary are not what you would normally call your Mother. The most ancient title for the Blessed Virgin Mary is simply that of “mother.” It was the name Jesus used and is the name Christians have been using ever since. The name “mother” describes Mary’s role in our lives as a spiritual […]

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Monastery»

Father Edmund McCaffrey, former Belmont abbot, dies at 83 (Comments Off)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Father Edmund McCaffrey, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston who was a former Benedictine monk and former abbot of Belmont Abbey, died Nov. 13, 2016. He died in Louisville, Ky., where he resided with the Little Sisters of the Poor. He was 83. A Mass of Christian Burial will be […]

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Oblate Formation»

6 Good Reasons to Abstain from Meat on Fridays, Even Beyond Lent (Comments Off)

Go on, be a “fish eater” on Fridays; it will help your whole week A Protestant friend who lived in Philadelphia once said, “You know why those Catholics eat fish on Friday? They’re all Italians, and the Italians have the fish market downtown. So they got the Italian pope to make that rule so they […]

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Rule»

Respecting Solitude (Comments Off)

If a man does not know the value of his own loneliness, how can he respect another’s solitude? It is at once our loneliness and our dignity to have an incommunicable personality that is ours, ours alone and no one else’s, and will be so forever. When human society fulfills its true function the persons […]

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St Benedict»

For the Feast of St. Benedict (Comments Off)

3. Behold, today we celebrate the feast of our holy Father Benedict. What was Saint Benedict? Without a doubt a man like you, like him, like me. His flesh is the same as your flesh. You and he are both of the same material. Why therefore was he able to do what you are not? […]

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Work of God»

Ever heard of the Orthodox rosary called a “komboskini” or “prayer rope”? (Comments Off)

Tradition attributes to St. Pachomius the invention of the prayer rope (a loop, usually made either of virgin wool — symbol of the purity of the Lamb of God — or of silk threads, braided with knots) back in the 4th century, making this devotional accessory as old as monasticism itself. When monks and anchorites began to […]

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