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Doing God’s Will

In his most important book, Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism, the great Spanish Catholic diplomat, statesman and political thinker Juan Donoso Cortes (1809-53), often called “the Spanish de Maistre,” wrote: “Governments seem to be endowed with an unerring instinct which teaches them that they can only be just and strong in the name of God. Thus it happens that whenever they commence to secularize, that is … More →


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The Seven Churches of the Apocalypse

One dominant feature that is pervasive in holy scripture, testifying to its divine inspiration, is that there is no exaggerating the good nor whitewashing the evil in God’s people. Beginning with Adam and Eve actually trying to hide themselves from God “amidst the trees” after their sin, and on through the Bible, the triumphs and failures of the principal characters in the history of the … More →


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A Tale of Two Toussaints: A Catholic Legacy of Haiti

Haiti. What does the average American know of Haiti? We hear about this fellow Western Hemisphere nation when there is a disaster – a terrible earthquake; a direct hit from a tropical hurricane; the lingering aftermath to her suffering people because of lack of infrastructure and their inability to deal with such calamities, including scarcity of food, water and medicines. It seems a million miles … More →


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From Joie de Vivre to Gaudium de Veritate

After recently reading a good contemporary satire by the ostensible (and irrepressible) “Father René Tiepolino,” entitled “Two Plus Two Makes Three: An After-Mass Debate in a Mixed-Use Sacristy,”1 I immediately thought of Hilaire Belloc’s own 1932 Cautionary Verse, entitled “The Example,” as well as Saint Augustine’s Confessions (Book X, Chapter 23). Thus, I have thought to counterpoint and interrelate these brief texts, especially upon this … More →


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Lessons from the Charterhouse

Due to the kindness of a benefactor, the Brothers recently came into possession of the book, The Prayer of Love and Silence, which Father David Phillipson had recommended from our pulpit some weeks previously. Its author is “A Carthusian,” so named due to a custom of the Carthusian Order1 that guards the monks’ hiddenness and silence. The volume is a translation of two works that originally appeared … More →


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O Happy Fault!

Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, eighty-six years-old, Archbishop of Bologna from 1984 to 2003, has just had published a series of twenty-two meditations that he composed for Lenten exercises in 1989 for Pope John Paul II and members of the Roman Curia. The volume is titled, The Manifold Wisdom of God. The title is taken from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, chapter 3, vs 10: “That … More →

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Suicide

Though it’s a horror from which Catholics may recoil, it is a fact that since 2001, the year our continuing war in Afghanistan was begun, more U.S. military personnel have committed suicide than have been killed in action in that country and Iraq combined. Apart from age and occupational groups where it has been on the rise for some time, suicide is also now the … More →

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Reflections On “Slithering Into Undisclosed Locations”

I have always enjoyed reading Sr. Marie Therese’s articles in the “Convent Corner” section of Mancipia. Her writing is concise, clearly presented, and filled with nuggets of wisdom, which are both practical and spiritually insightful. Sister’s most recent article entitled “Slithering Into Undisclosed Locations…” is, in my opinion, one of the crown jewels of the many pieces that she has written. In her comments on … More →


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The Perfect Versus the Good

A number of recent events are rather in my craw at the moment: the entirely secular inauguration of King Felipe VI of Spain; so much of what happens in Rome today; the July 4th celebrations in which we annually tell ourselves how wonderful we are, despite our national pastime of infanticide. My gut reaction to these and similar events is to say “to blazes with … More →


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An Unexpected Request for Alms in a Southern Harbor: Hilaire Belloc Under Sail in Palma of Majorca

While recently on the ocean-seacoast island of my boyhood home, I decided to read again amidst the inspiring cool sea breezes my own fragile first edition of Hilaire Belloc’s 1908 collection of essays, entitled On Nothing and Kindred Subjects, which was dedicated to his friend Maurice Baring who was not yet, but almost, a Catholic. In this Anthology, I have especially wanted to consider our … More →


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July/August 2014 Mancipia

The July/August 2014 Mancipia is now posted (scroll down for PDF). Back issues of this newsletter are linked from our downloads page. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly newsletter via U.S. mail, please sign up to get it regularly.   Click here to VIEW full size, DOWNLOAD as PDF file, and/or PRINT. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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An Option for the Officially Overwhelmed

A Question for You Have you ever felt like if pulling your hair out was an acceptable way to relieve stress, you would be bald? Are your hands getting raw from desperately clutching the end of your rope for so long? Can someone standing within a three-foot radius of you actually smell how short that fuse is burning? Yes? Then please keep reading. An Option … More →


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Papal Blasts From the Past

Leaving my apartment building last February 18, I fell on the icy front steps and broke both bones of my right forearm, the radius and ulna, about two fingers below the wrist bone. It wouldn’t be until six weeks later that I could hold a pen and another two before I began to use it. As for typing, I’m still not up to speed and … More →

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2014 Saint Benedict Center Conference

Where: Saint Benedict Center, 95 Fay Martin Road, Richmond, New Hampshire, 03470. Click here for map Click here to register online, or contact Russell LaPlume at (603) 239-6485. Theme: Catholic and Counterrevolutionary Come join us on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014, for two days of doing Catholic tradition: Holy Mass, intellectual formation, cultural activity, and Catholic camaraderie. Speakers: Fr. Sean Kopczynski Br. André Marie, M.I.C.M. … More →

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Holy Fear of the Lord: Necessary for Salvation

But I will shew you whom you shall fear: fear ye him, who after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear him (Luke 12:5; Matthew 10:28)). There is no theme more often repeated in the Old Testament than holy fear of the Lord. Hundreds of verses from the inspired prophets exhort this salutary reverence due to the … More →


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