Totus Tuus: Totally Yours

Consecration to Mary with Saint Louis De Montfort By Henry Walker Saint Louis De Montfort lived in pre-revolutionary France – a time and place that popular history and culture (“Les Miserables”) have taught moderns to revile. But the France of Montfort’s time was hardly a country of impoverished masses; in reality it was a Catholic … Read more

Chronicles of Norcia

Norcia in the Spring By Anonymous I followed the Benedictines in Norcia on their website, purchased their beer online, and listened to their chant CD. I had never met them or had connection with them, but the monks are pretty well known in some circles. After a brief visit to Norcia this spring, however, I … Read more

Infant of Prague

By Kevin Duffy Emily knew she could get all sorts of snacks at her grandmother’s after school. The type of things her parents didn’t keep in her house and didn’t want her to have—cookies and soda and chips. So she went almost every day with her friends Charlotte and Taylor. They would go and eat, … Read more

What Statistics On Newly Ordained Priests Tell Us About Vocations

by Pater Spectatores (Editor’s Note: The state of the Church being what it is, many of our good priests are afraid to speak their minds publically for fear of retaliation. Hence, the need for a pseudonym for this seasoned US cleric.) Who are they? Archbishop Fulton Sheen called them “Those Mysterious Priests” in his 1974 … Read more

The Code of Aquinas

The Code of Aquinas by George J.  Galloway Chapter 1: Blood Brothers   Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland Christmas Eve, 1813 “Tough” Gilly Morrison shed a tear. From a distance he watched his best friend Michael Dooley, Jr. ship out on the proudest privateer ever to leave Baltimore. Gilly wanted to be on that ship more … Read more

Poll: Catholics More Mad Than Worried

Both Spell Tough Times for Bishops at the Collection Plate A recent Facebook survey of 1600 practicing Catholics by REGINA Magazine showed that 55% reported they were ‘mad as hell’ versus 45% who said they were ‘very worried’ about the Catholic hierarchy. In addition to voting, almost 300 Catholics commented on the poll; 100% of … Read more

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation. I arise today Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism, Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial, Through the strength of … Read more

Lenten Embertide

Lenten Embertide Four times a year, the Church sets aside three days to focus on God through His marvelous creation. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons that “like some virgins dancing in a circle, succeed one another with the happiest harmony,” as St. John Chrysostom wrote. These four … Read more

Shrove Tuesday in Quinquagesima Week

Shrove Tuesday in Quinquagesima Week Shrove Tuesday is the last day of what traditionally was called “Shrovetide,” the week preceding the beginning of Lent. The word itself, Shrovetide, is the English equivalent for “Carnival,” which is derived from the Latin words carnem levare, meaning “to take away the flesh.” (Note that in Germany, this period is called … Read more

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

Today is the Fifth Sunday After Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  “The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field.”–Matt. 13. Holy Writ compares the working out of our salvation and the using of divine grace to different occupations of men, such as building, fishing and … Read more

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