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The first millennium in the history of the Catholic Church witnessed victory over the major persecutions by the Roman Empire, followed by the conversion of Rome and its becoming the champion of the Faith, the defender of the Church, and … Continue reading
(From her Autobiography, Chapter VI) Finding myself so crippled and so young too, and earthly doctors having failed to cure me, I looked to heavenly physicians for help… I took for my advocate and comforter the glorious Saint Joseph, and … Continue reading
Editors Introduction : The ancient heresies known as Gnosticism are very much in our midst, forming an integral part of the “culture of death” referred to frequently by the Holy Father. In this powerful critique, Gary Potter confronts one of … Continue reading
(written in 1974) The Dogma of Salvation Under Attack The doctrinal crusade of Saint Benedict Center dates back to the early 1940’s when we began to attack, albeit in their incipient form, the very evils that conservative Catholics are so … Continue reading
The Popes through the centuries have defended the doctrine “outside the Church there is no salvation.” Here is small reference of their teachings on the matter: Ordinary Magisterium Pope Pelagius II (A.D. 578 – 590): “Consider the fact that whoever … Continue reading
“If my requests are heard, Russia will be converted, there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecutions of the Church; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have … Continue reading
“O happy mother, Spain rejoices in giving to the world the joy of new offspring! But, rejoice still more, Bologna, because you are favored with the glory of so great a father…” 1 High upon the Plateau of Old Castile, … Continue reading
Across the sea a ship arose on the horizon. It could be a supply boat with some long-awaited news from back home in Spain, or it might be a slave ship, or even an enemy man-of-war. The gentle waves of … Continue reading
St. Philomena, virgin and martyr, is a challenge to modern minds. Martyred during the third century, she was completely unknown on earth until her intact tomb was discovered in 1802 during an excavation of the Roman Catacombs. All that could … Continue reading
It is usually forgotten that Saint Thomas Aquinas is both a child and a Saint. One day Saint Thomas was reluctantly dragged to the court of King Louis the Ninth of France, to attend a banquet.
[This article was formerly titled “Blessed Brother André of Saint Joseph.” With the canonization of Frere André on October 17, 2010, we have changed the name to something more fitting. The author is grateful that he had the grace to … Continue reading
Note: Originally entitled, “Ven. Emperor Karl I of Austria and Empress Zita,” this article was written well before Pope John Paul II’s October 3, 2004 beatification of Emperor Karl. In his canonization homily Pope John Paul said this of the new Beatus: … Continue reading
October in New Orleans. The Crescent City is getting its first annual breath of relief from the seemingly endless summer. Though the calendar says fall has started, September is still really summer in this city on the Mississippi. It’s 1867, … Continue reading