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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!

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A Homeless Man With a Holy Mission, RIP Willie Herteleer

I just read a beautiful story about a homeless man who went to Mass every day at the Church of Sant’Anna inside the Vatican walls. His name was Willie Herteleer. He was from Belgium, but lived on the street near Saint Peter’s Square. He was one of God’s special people, an evangelizer for the one, true Faith, who, although he lived out of a pull-cart, … More →

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Benedictine Nuns Offer Traditional Song and Liturgical Chant

CNA: Together with the joys of the Resurrection and feasting, this Easter will have an added delight: listening to the new album by the hit-making, Missouri-based Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. “Many people do not realize that the Easter season lasts well beyond Easter Sunday – for a full 50 days in fact! Hopefully our recording will help bring many to a fuller awareness … More →


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RIP Nutella Chocolate Founder Devotee of Our Lady of Lourdes

Aleteia: This Saturday afternoon in Monte Carlo, after a months-long illness, Michele Ferrero, 89, founder of Nutella died. His company, founded in 1946 in Italy, produced the popular hazelnut chocolate spread along with Mon Cheri, Kinder eggs, Ferrero Rocher, Fiesta, and Pocket Coffee treats. As Michele Ferrero said at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the company: ” The success of … More →

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Bishops Condemn Filthy Movie But Why Was Legion of Decency Abandoned

I remember my father going around the neighborhood on his feet asking store owners to at least get pornographic material out of view and, better yet, not to sell it at all. If they agreed to the latter they could post a Legion of Decency certificate in their window. This was a crusade sponsored by our local parish. I think the men who volunteered back then in … More →

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Abp Cordileone: Catholic Schools Must Aid Students to ‘Become Saints’

In an address to the Catholic High School Teachers Convocation, Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco said among other challenging things that: “In the end, our Catholic schools exist to help young people attain holiness in their lives, that is, to become saints.  An outstanding career is not a sign of having reached or even drawn near to the goal.  Holiness is extraordinary, but it is … More →

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What the Faith Means to Joe Lombardy, Grandson of Vince

Here is the end of the interview with Trent Beattie of the National Catholic Register: Our family tries to pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet every day. Marian intercession and the mercy of God are so closely related, so we’ve even started the Angelus at 6am, noon and 6pm. The first one, that early in the morning, is a challenge, but even if we … More →

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Cardinal Burke Mans Up

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke was recently interviewed by Matthew James Christoff of the New Emangelization Project on the topic of the Catholic “Man-crisis” and what to do about it. The whole interview is worth reading, and not only because it wounded the progressivist sensibilities of the liberals at Crux. His Eminence says some very good things about Catholicity and manhood. Suggestion: You commenters on this site — the … More →


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Indy Colts GM Talks About Mothers Who Kept His Catholic Faith Alive

Trent Beattie: National Catholic Register, Interview with Ryan Grigson Do you come from a devout family? When I hear the word “devout” I think of my 91-year-old grandmother. She has been a strong example of the old adage that the best Gospel is lived, not preached. As long as I can remember, she has shown me a consistent example of what it means to be a good … More →

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers: A Priest Who Loves to Forgive Sins

Aletaia: I was once riding in a shuttle-bus with a number of older folks on the way from an airport.  They noticed that I was a priest and started asking questions about it. “Do you do all of the priest stuff?” “Yep.” “Even the Confession thing?” “Yeah. All the time.” Read the whole lesson here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Apocalyptic Scenario: Could We Survive Off the Land? We May Have to

Hilary White mentions Triffids. Other than Tom Swift’s novels, I did read the 1951 sci-fi novel, The Day of the Triffids, when I was in about the seventh grade. It was circulating around our grammar school and, to be “on the in,” one had to read it. By then we had graduated from the Hardy Boys. At least it kept us literate. Ms. White also makes … More →

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Self-Sacrificing Japanese Aid Worker Enters Convent

AsiaNews: A successful career at the United Nations Development Programme, then a senior post at Caritas Japan. Finally, the profession of her first religious vows to become a nun and dedicate her life to God. This is the story of Sister Sawako Inae, described as “one of the most talented officers in the field”, and whom, after spending a year with survivors of the Fukushima disaster, … More →

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‘We good. We no shoot’! A Christmas Truce

I may have posted this heart-warming Christmas story before, but I could not find it on a search. So, here it is from an AP post: With British and German forces separated only by a no-man’s land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” (“Silent Night, Holy Night”). Then, during that first Christmas … More →

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“That’s Not Santa, That’s Your Dad”

My siblings and I were so blessed to have parents who gave their five children the most beautiful and happy Christmases. The first thing that went up in our house was the Nativity scene with all the characters in place waiting until midnight, Christmas Eve, for mom to place the Infant Jesus in the manger. She did that while we were sleeping before she and … More →


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One of God’s Little Ones: Vuon, a Poor Crippled Cambodian

AsiaNews: Father Luca Bolelli: Let me tell about Vuon. The first time I met Vuon, I was travelling with some Christians from our community of Kdol Leu. As we went by the mission of Kratié, we stopped to say hello to that champion of tenderness and goodness that is Sister Savier, an elderly Thai missionary. After I got off the bus, I saw a young … More →


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Thousands Stand on Line for Confession in Mexico City Cathedral

CNA: Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the Cathedral of Mexico City Nov. 29. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, … More →

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