Category Archives: 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!
Reconquest Episode 28. Saint Robert Southwell: The Truth, the Beauty, and the Gore. Guest: Charles Coulombe
For my next Reconquest, I will be joined by Charles Coulombe. Charles and I will discuss “Saint Robert Southwell: The Truth, the Beauty, and the Gore.” Topics will include a brief biological sketch of the missionary-martyr-poet, the purpose of his poetry, and some of that poetry itself. His was an amazing career as a hunted missionary who not only exercised a priestly, sacramental mission among the … More →
It has been close to a year since I started these articles and I find myself, again, sipping my coffee in my easy chair, early morning, attempting to clear the fog that envelops my mind. My wife, as usual, is bustling to and fro in organized activity stopping now and then to check her to do list which she diligently fills in each day. She … More →
My good friend C.J. Doyle joins me for the next Reconquest. C.J. is the Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, a frequent speaker at Saint Benedict Center Conferences, and an informed and erudite Catholic culture warrior, who has done a great deal for many years to defend faith and family in the Bay State. Our subject is “Contracepting Heaven and Earth,” which … More →
I don’t know about you, but old enough as I am to remember how the killing of more than 200,000 Japanese civilians in the nuclear obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, especially the technological feat of accomplishing it with a single bomb per targeted city, was positively celebrated by Americans (Just think! We killed all those Japs with one bomb!), and considering the indifference of most … More →
Sister Maria Philomena joins me for Reconquest, Episode 26. We are discussing the topic, “Corpus Christi, Feast and Mystery.” Subjects include general Catholic notions of sacramentality and liturgical piety, Saint Thomas Aquinas’ explanation of past, present, and future aspects of the sacraments in general and the Blessed Eucharist in specific, the history of the Feast of Corpus Christi, some of the music inspired by the … More →
CNA: With a Mass celebrated in the chapel where he used to pray, former soccer star Chase Hilgenbrinck was reunited recently with the faithful, friends and fans – not as a soccer star, but as a priest. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
After recently re-reading Albert Jay Nock’s 1928 collection of essays entitled On Doing the Right Thing, I had the thought to counterpoint his insights about conversation and civilization with my mentor Josef Pieper’s insights about silence and hope and the attentive perception of reality. For, both of these classically educated and unmistakably learned men sought “a purer perception of reality” and “the truth of things” … More →
ChurchPop: Ven. Antonietta Meo is known for offering her cancer sufferings to Jesus. If she is canonized, she will become the youngest (non- martyred) saint. Read story here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Rorate Caeli: Robert Cardinal Sarah dedicated his book God or Nothing to a Msgr. Louis Barry and to “Brother Vincent, and to all those who take turns without a break at his bedside”. Msgr. Barry was Cardinal Sarah’s countryman from Guinea, who endured much for the Church during the dictatorship of Ahmed Sékou Touré and who died last year at the age of 93. (More on him here.) As … More →
Rorate Caeli: The Baptism of Duke Mieszko I is the most important event in the entire history of the Polish state and nation. I do not say it was, I say it is for the decision taken by our first historical ruler had predetermined the whole future to come for our country. Our Christian legacy continues to shape the destinies of Poland and of each and … More →
CNA: Yan Xu is an artist from the central China city of Wuhan. What she drew one day would change her life. Confused about her future after resigning from a job in 2003, she found herself at an unlikely place. “At that time, I used to carry a sketchbook and pen with me, and spent all the day time on urban sketching,” she told CNA. “I … More →
CNS: They are called the Samaritans. The group began in 2014 when Oblate Father Bill Davis, their pastor, was struggling to assist all of his parishioners, especially the homebound, in this low-income community and asked the women to help. Their mission is to lend a hand to anyone who needs it — the elderly, the disabled, the sick, the lonely and the grieving. They clean houses, … More →
America Needs Fatima: In a sunny town of Andalusia, Spain, preparations for war were underway. Don Mancio, the lord of the castle, led his men out to fight the Moors. That winding train of Spanish warriors going forth to battle for the Christian cause was a scene to behold: helmets reflecting the sun, plumes tossing in the air, magnificent Arabian steeds reeling in anticipation of battle. … More →
Perhaps nowhere else in Christendom can an entire nation and its vast diaspora of descendants trace their Catholic Faith and culture — and their prospects for eternal salvation — to a single saint. Our debt of gratitude to Saint Patrick is immense and unmeasurable. Saint Patrick (+461) is the Apostle of Ireland and was the first bishop and archbishop of Armagh. He is also the … More →