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Catholic Living

We are members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Therefore, we are not solitaries. We have a duty to help one another achieve our common salvation. We have a duty, first and foremost in our own homes, to work toward the restoration of the Catholic culture that our ancestors enjoyed. If we “cultivate” that culture ourselves, we can attract others. What we must realize is that we are not each our own species, like the angels (so taught St. Thomas), but we are members of one human race. God wills to restore and even more wonderfully recreate that original unity (disassociated after the dispersion at the Tower of Babel) in the one true Church. The articles found in this section emphasize the beauty of Catholic social and cultural life in its varied and sundry forms, as well as the harmony that flows from the incorporation of many into the one living Body of Christ. Viva Cattolicesimo!

Father Vincent Capodanno, Gave His Life in Vietnam for His Fellow Wounded Marines

The Remnant’s Connie Bagnoli: There is a simple tombstone in St. Peter’s Cemetery in West Brighton, Staten Island, New York. It does not stand apart in a specially designated area, nor is it adorned in any way to distinguish this gravesite from the countless others in that consecrated ground. The humble headstone is engraved with the family name Capodanno. Along with his beloved mother and father, … More →

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Downtown Manhattan Sisters Provide a Respite for Unwed Mothers

Sisters of Life website: Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent is our Holy Respite located in the heart of Manhattan.  Since 1999, the Holy Respite has provided pregnant women an opportunity to be nurtured as they live side-by-side with Sisters, immersed in a deeply spiritual setting. This “spiritual tent” allows women a place to rest, to get their feet on the ground again and to grow in … More →

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Catholic and Patriotic

Patriotism is a great virtue. To be a patriot is to love one’s fatherland. This means that it is to love the land of the people that sired you. Patriotism is a natural overflow of the virtue of piety — that is, the virtue of the home. As piety would have us rendering what is due in justice to parents and other family members, patriotism … More →

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Chinese Catholics Breathe Devotion to Sacred Heart

AsiaNews: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in China is a fact of life for the Catholic faithful, just as, and perhaps more so than, in all the regions of the Catholic Church throughout the world. Ask a Chinese Catholic if he is familiar with the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and you’ll likely insult him, as if you had doubts about … More →

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Corpus Christi at Saint Benedict Center

This morning, we had a beautiful High Mass and Eucharistic Procession. The new Monstrance our benefactors made possible held the Sacred Host in procession as Father Phillipson carried our Eucharistic Lord to the two outdoor altars set up just for today. The chant compositions of Saint Thomas (like the Lauda Sion) were complemented by Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus, sung by the Brothers and Sisters. Below is … More →

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Lauda Sion Salvatórem

Lauda Sion Salvatorem is a sequence prescribed for the Roman Catholic Mass of Corpus Christi. It was written by St. Thomas Aquinas around 1264, at the request of Pope Urban IV for the new Mass of this Feast, along with Pange lingua, Sacris solemniis, Adoro te devote, and Verbum supernum prodiens, which are used in the Divine Office. The hymn tells of the institution of the Eucharist and clearly expresses the Catholic belief in transubstantiation. As with St. Thomas’ other three … More →

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Neighboring Village Rivalries, Not Just Football, But Religious Vocations Growing up, the twins, now 26, milked cows side by side on the family farm. They both graduated at the top of their high school class. And with theirordination on Saturday, they have begun careers as Roman Catholic priests, two of 477 men in the United States expected to be ordained this year. They demonstrate that priestly vocations are not evenly distributed by family … More →

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This Ad Rem is a brief introductory speech I gave at IHM School’s graduation on Trinity Sunday. As Prior, I am expected to say something; mine is not the main feature. Readers should know that our school in rural southern New Hampshire is very small, hence the two graduates.  Good afternoon, Reverend Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Ladies, and Gentlemen. It is my task to welcome you to … More →

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What do Universities Teach?

Several recent occurrences have put me to thinking about universities in particular and education in general. One was marching in the Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Cambridge, MA, in support of the Blessed Sacrament against the planned Black Mass at Harvard Memorial Hall, sponsored by Harvard Extension School — though not by the University per se. Two thousand people converged on Harvard Square, and … More →

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Catholic School ‘Kino Teens’ Serve the Hungry at Deportation Center

These generous high school students named their charity group after the intrepid  Jesuit mission founder, Father Eusebius Franz Kühn, also called “chino” in Spanish. He founded 24 missions in Mexico and the Arizona area. Father Kino’s statue is one of 100 in the DC capitol building’s Statuary Hall, which is dedicated to the most illustrious citizens from each of the fifty states. I wrote a biography … More →

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Bethlehem Students Working in US With Catholic Charities

Catholic News Service: A group of students recently arrived in the U.S. from Bethlehem University in Palestine in order to participate in a one-of-a kind program with Catholic Charities. Fostered by a two-year partnership between the Catholic university and Catholic Charities USA, selected students travel to America every year and participate in a six-week summer internship program that allows them to use the skills they … More →

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Catholic Prison Ministry Giving Faith and Hope to Felons and Lifers

One inmate grateful that the mass is not “jumpy” and “social.” She wants religion, quiet, and worship. Ministers bring rosaries, scapulars, holy books. Priests gain converts to the true Faith, baptize and confirm. Catholic News Service: Glinting razor wire tops the fence that separates the women serving time at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto from the rest of the world. Located in a rural Habersham County … More →

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First Catholic Church in New Hampshire

The Brothers were doing a little investigating today in preparation for a hike to the First Catholic Church in New Hampshire. We will be taking our FNE boys on an 11-mile hike from Charlestown, N.H. to Old Saint Mary’s. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places and has interesting little writups on the Connecticut River Joint Commissions web site and The edifying and interesting story … More →

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12,000 Military Personnel from 36 Nations Came to Pray at Lourdes

CNS: It looked like any other military parade with bands playing, flags waving and thousands of men and women marching in colorful uniforms decorated with medals and ribbons. But instead of impressive displays of tanks and trucks, troops from dozens of nations fell in line behind religious banners, a large wooden cross and a rose-strewn statue of Mary. Candles and rosaries — not weapons or rifles … More →

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North American Martyrs Lacrosse Club: Looking for a Few Good Catholic Men

The North American Martyrs are looking for a few, good men… The North American Martyrs Lacrosse Club is a masters and grandmasters lacrosse club for traditional Catholic men 35 years of age and older.  We welcome Catholic men from across the United States and Canada who love both the sport of lacrosse and the traditional Catholic Faith, regardless of their skill level or experience playing … More →

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