Category Archives: Catholic America
Along with our crusade in defense of the defined doctrine of no salvation outside the Church, Saint Benedict Center is committed to working for the conversion of America. The false ecumenism and religious indifferentism that infected the Church in the twentieth century did much to dissipate the promising momentum of conversions to the Faith that marked nineteenth century America.
It is astonishing to read about the great work that Catholic priests and religious, sisters and brothers, were doing throughout this vast land not so long ago. Converts were flocking into the Church because our priests were giving Protestants not only an invitation, but knowledge of the Faith, and a challenge to submit to a visible religious authority that had all the divine credentials. Whether it was through reading apologetic and polemical materials or by attending one of the thousands of missions given by Jesuits and Redemptorists, the hearts of non-Catholics were responding to grace in ever growing numbers. America was on its way to becoming a Catholic nation, and that was before the more massive waves of Catholic immigrants came here after the turn of the century.
It can happen again.
This sermon was preached by Rev. Fr. Shawn Landenwitch at Saint Henry Parish in Dayton, Ohio, on 02/09/2014. It was the 11 AM Novus Ordo Mass. He’s taking American Catholics to task for not converting the nation. Just ignore the “Good Morning” at the beginning. It gets better after that.
In 1906, my home town of San Francisco, then the largest city in the United States west of Chicago, was destroyed by earthquake and fire. When I was a kid there were still a lot of folks around who had adult memories of the disaster and I often heard their stories. What I now remember most is the pride of those persons. They had every … More →
In his excellent article “Thy Kingdom Come,” Gary Potter explains an important distinction in French society of the nineteenth century: What we need to grasp is that all during the years of which we speak, and to a very real extent even today, there were virtually two countries within the national territory of France. Toward the end of the nineteenth century they would be given … More →
More important things than my own glory: Eric Mahl Eric Mahl has always loved a challenge. In his youth, it was the prospect of being the best football player ever. This desire drove him to bench press 450 pounds, earn an NCAA Division I football scholarship and later a place on the Cleveland Browns’ roster. The 30-year-old Ohio native’s challenge now, however, is sharing the message … More →
My aunt, Sister Mary Susan Boyle, Sister of Charity, worked for many years with Sister Zita of Saint Elizabeth’s convent at the Sister Miriam Therese League in Convent Station, NJ. Sister Zita was the force behind the cause for Sister Miriam Theresa Demjanovich’s canonization. I don’t think the League House exists anymore, but when I was a young man, my mother and I used to … More →
Much like Daryl Davis I grew up having no clue what racial prejudice meant. I just didn’t. Fact! Some readers my age (61, BTW) may think that I am exaggerating, but I don’t care what people think. Skin color meant nothing to me growing up in New Jersey as far as friends went. I need not elaborate on that. This immunization from racial prejudice was … More →
Estote semper parati! (“always be prepared”) is the motto of the Federation of North American Explorers (FNE). Now that our adult leaders have made their promise, FNE’s Mount Monadnock Group, based at Saint Benedict Center in Richmond, N.H., is prepared! Our male and female sections, with their adult leaders, hiked two different trails of our eponymous Mount Monadnock. At the base and the summit, promise … More →
I rarely look at polls, but this one, the ABC News/Fusion Poll, is significantly revealing in the picture it paints of the huge disparity among Americans of voting age as to issues of women in the workplace, race and employment, immigration, role of and trust in our government, Obamacare, and, what I found most interesting, the wide gap between Democrats, Republicans, Independents, the under 30 … More →
The Catholic Theological Society of America is not “Catholic.” It is run by liberals who scoff at members who defend Church teaching. Liberals dominate the Board, or, I should say, totally are the Board. Speakers that represent the CTSA are all liberal. Conservatives (pardon the term as it is ambivalent nowadays) are simply not invited to speak at CTSA sponsored events. Now the liberal bosses on … More →
National Catholic Register: “People say, ‘Wow!’ when they walk in,” Father Walter Tonelotto enthused as we talked about the church he pastors, Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii Church in New York City. That jaw-dropping response happens upon entering the beautiful shrine-like church, which celebrates by its name what the universal Church has for centuries: the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which … More →
Catholic Culture’s Phil Lawler posted from chapter four of his book of stories: When the Faith Goes Viral. “Latin Americans Give Jesus for Christmas,” by Angelique Ruhi-Lopez. Many Christians lament the over-commercialization of Christmas. A group in Peru is doing something about it by bringing Jesus back into Christmas celebrations and bringing people celebrating Christmas back to Christ. The program is called Navidad es Jesús, (Christmas … More →
The new College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More (“Fisher More College”) in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of several small Catholic colleges working to recapture the true liberal arts tradition in Catholic higher education. Unlike the others, it boasts being: …the only College in the United States which is singularly devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass and the teaching of the Doctrines of the … More →
There are five saints who graced the city of Lima, Peru, in the first half of the seventeenth century: two were born and died there, three died there who came from Spain to be missionaries. They are Saints Rose (1617, whose feast day is today, August 30. She was the first person canonized who was born in the New World), Martin de Porres (1639), Turibius … More →
Triathlete Brad Seng resides in Boulder Colorado where he trains for triathlons as a professional athlete. Can you imagine swimming for 2.4 miles, biking for 112 miles, and just to make sure you do not have too much energy left over, run a full marathon of 26.2 miles? Those three events are run back to back to back (in 1 day!), and is exactly what Brad Seng trains for as … More →