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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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‘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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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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Catholic Film Lauds Heroes and Martyrs of the War of the Vendée

Regina Magazine: “A friend suggested ‘Why don’t you do the War of the Vendée?’ Jim Morlino recounts. “And I said, ‘The what?’ I’d never heard the word; I had no idea what he was talking about. That was a period of history and an event that had escaped me.” The War of the Vendee (1793 to 1796) was an armed rebellion against the French Republican … More →

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Lebanon: Devout Catholic Poet/Philosopher/Theologian RIP

AsiaNews: Sunday’s funeral service for Said Akl (1912-2014), one of Lebanon’s greatest poets since Gibran Khalil Gibran, was an exceptional affair. The poet, who died last week, may not have had Gibran’s international reach, but he certainly was his equal if not more in terms of spirit, greatness and faith. Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara al-Rahi led the funeral service at Saint George Maronite Cathedral in … More →

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Catholic Doctor Who Died of Ebola, a Man of Faith and Charity

Catholic News Service: Dr. Martin Salia, the Maryland Catholic doctor who died Nov. 17 after contracting the Ebola virus while serving in his native Sierra Leone, was remembered by his family and parish priest as a man who loved God and who loved to serve others. “Dr. Salia lived the Gospel,” said Father Rick Gancayco, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Landover Hills, where the late … More →

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Lay Apostles Igniting a Growing Church in China

UCANews: (Steven Mosher for Aleteia): China’s Communist government has been on an anti-Christian rampage of late, tearing down churches in the coastal city of Wenzhou and elsewhere, arresting underground bishops and home church leaders, and illicitly ordaining pliant priests as Catholic “bishops”. But underneath this escalating campaign of repression — in fact, the reason for it — is a rapidly growing population of Christians. There … More →

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God Bless the Pope, Bishop Krajewski, and Andrea Bocelli

Aleteia: A 20th century composer once wrote a symphonic work called “The Fountains of Rome.” Apparently, there’s going to be a new “fountain” in the Eternal City. Under the direction of Pope Francis, showers for the homeless will be installed in St. Peter’s Square. Work will begin Monday. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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San Diego QB, Phil Rivers, Major Funder of Immaculate Heart Radio

California Catholic: San Diego’s most understated sports/radio heavy hitter would have to be Charger’s QB Philip Rivers, who reportedly committed $1 million of his money toward buying KCEO AM-1000 in 2012. Rivers and his wife Tiffany spearheaded the local drive to raise $3.75 million so that Sacramento-based Immaculate Heart Radio could buy KCEO and turn it into a 24/7 mouthpiece for the Roman Catholic way … More →

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Mother Marija Benedykta, a Foundress With a Passion

Aleteia: Poisoning, arson, an intrepid religious sister making her way into the former Soviet Union — it sounds like the plot of a box office thriller, rather than the makings of a reformed religious order. But the story of the fledgling Paulicrucian community — like the beginning of so many religious orders — has been fraught with challenges and blessings, roadblocks and new opportunities. Standing in the doorway of … More →

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Prayer Vigil Challenge

Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Massachusetts, is sending out the first prayer vigil challenge to the schools mentioned with more to come. This is a true challenge and needs to go viral! Notice the young man’s emphasis on chivalry and the protection of the weak by the strong. These are the standards of Christendom, fast fading from the West. Notice, too, the … More →

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Jaffa, Israel: 2500 Indians Honor Our Lady With Procession, Hymns, Rosarys

CNA: Thousands of Indian migrants and other pilgrims in the Holy Land celebrated a special Marian feast day with displays of prayer, devotion and unity. On the Sept. 13 feast of the Nativity of Mary – called “Monti Fest” – more than 2500 Indian Catholic migrants and pilgrims joined in a procession from St. Peter’s Church to St. Anthony’s Church in Jaffa. Mary is the protector … More →

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Let us Remember the Little Ones – Amidst the Devastation of Divorce

In the recent months, Pope Francis has stated repeatedly that one should have more mercy with those Catholics who are divorced and remarried civilly. In the context of the current discussion within the Church about Divorce, and how to deal with those Catholics who are remarried outside of the Catholic Church, what strikes me is how little explicit attention is given to the Little Ones, … More →

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Congratulations to the Newly Professed and Community

A religious profession is a good and beautiful thing. We here at Saint Benedict Center, Richmond, congratulate the Brothers and Sisters at Saint Benedict Center in Still River, Massachusetts, on the recent profession of Sister Mary Imelda: On September 8th, 2014, Sister Mary Imelda, novice, the former Mary-Kate Duffy of Shirley Massachusetts, made her first vows to Our Lord, Jesus Christ, as His bride. The … More →

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‘Without Tradition, We Are Cattle’

Rorate Caeli has posted a fine piece of Spanish counterrevolutionary writing from the pen of Juan Manuel de Prada. The author makes some of the same points I have tried to make here on, notably in Traditionalism is an Affirmation and Catholic and Patriotic. Nothing pleases more those who wish to reduce us to a lonely crowd than to see us set up bison runs, … More →

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