Category Archives: Columns

Category: Columns

Shepherds, Angels, and the Hasting after God

And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to … More →


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Poem: The Immaculate Conception

On this beautiful Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we had our first-ever Solemn Mass at Saint Benedict Center in Richmond. The snow on the ground reminded me of the lines of this poem speaking of the snowy “surplice” worn by earth for the feast. Father Ryan’s poetry is available here in a newly reprinted book. Select poems are also available online.   The Immaculate Conception by Father … More →


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What is the Difference between ‘Evangelism’ and ‘Proselytism’? A Serious Question

The mission of the Catholic Church is to “make disciples of all nations,” which is to say, to evangelize the entire world, in fidelity to her Divine Founder and His command recorded in the Holy Gospels (Matt. 28:18–20, Mark 16:14–18, Luke 24:44–49). Saint Paul was deeply impressed with this mandate as a personal obligation upon himself, binding under sin: “For if I preach the gospel, it … More →


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NCR Accuses Four Cardinals, à la Father Feeney, of Jansenism

Michael Sean Winters of National Catholic Reporter does not like black and white. He denies that black and white exist in moral and doctrinal Church teaching. He says that what does exist is the “grey.” Everything, outside of mathematics, is grey. He brings Cardinal Newman to the plate in his attempt to defend the grey with a home run. He may as well have taken … More →

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Brother Francis: Historical Battles in Defense of Christendom

Brother Joseph Mary put together this YouTube video from excerpts of Brother Francis’ lectures. Our beloved teacher is here speaking of historical armed conflicts in defense of Christendom. Who says triumphalism is bad? Please consider supporting our work (this web site and our other apostolates) as you deepen your own knowledge of the Faith — all by purchasing lectures of Brother Francis, such as those on philosophy or … More →


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Pray for Dr. Anthony Esolen

Dr. Anthony Esolen, author, translator, Dante scholar, and professor at Providence College, is under attack from the Orwellian diversity enforcers at PC for daring to criticize the direction they have chosen for the school. You can read sympathetic write-ups of his situation at National Review,  Life Site, and other places — including a lengthy interview with Rod Dreher at The American Conservative. If you would like to … More →


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The Five Dubia of the Four Cardinals

For the convenience of our readership, I am posting here the five dubia submitted to Pope Francis by Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meisner (courtesy of Thomas McKenna). Note: dubia is the plural of dubium, so we say “duba are,” not “dubia is”! The words means “doubt,” but in this context it is a technical term meaning a type of question, … More →


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Gifts of the Magi

I think that all of us have wondered at times what the Holy Family did with the gifts of the Magi. It is the more common opinion of the fathers that each of the wise men gave the same three gifts of gold, frankencense, and myrrh. All three believed that the “Expected One” would be the Son of God as well as the “King of … More →


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George Soros: Profile of an Oligarch

When people claim that democracy tends to be manipulated by the oligarchs — as I have posited here, here, and here — it is men like the liberal atheist George Soros they have in mind. On the one hand, Mr. Soros sponsors groups that clamor for the downfall of the “one percenters”; on the other hand, he is a “one percenter.” Similarly, he calls for government taxation and … More →


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Rosary Pamphlet You Can Print

Our Sisters authored a pamphlet on the Holy Rosary that we have been giving out for many years now. It was recently suggested by a grateful recipient of the pamphlet that we make it available on our web site. Hence the PDF below. After printing this file two sided, you can fold it in half, and in half again, and voilà! Those interested in purchasing … More →


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A Chance to Memorialize Something Beautiful for Divine Worship at Saint Benedict Center

We have an opportunity to purchase the vesting cabinet pictured below when it becomes available very soon. This used cabinet will make a very welcome addition to our sacristy, allowing us to store vestments and other accessories of sacred worship properly. If any benefactor would like to help to enhance divine worship here at Saint Benedict Center, you may memorialize this fine piece of church … More →


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A Wordly Knight to a Hermit Saint, Galgano Guidotti and His Miraculous Sword

Here is a story for every Knight of the Immaculata, featuring Our Lady, the Apostles, and most prominently, Saint Michael the Archangel. Could it be the source of the legend of King Arthur’s sword? This is a saint of whom I had never heard. And, being that he was the first saint canonized (1185) under the newly promulgated canonical process for canonizations, the history of his … More →

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YouTube Video of Reconquest Episode 47: A Fifth Column in the Church. Guest: C.J. Doyle

Below is a freebie video of one of my shows, brought to you by the YouTube channel, Sensus Fidelium. The topic is a Fifth Column in the Church, and my guest is Joe Doyle, the Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts. There are numerous links to relevant resources for this show here at the Reconquest site. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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Wilfrid Villarrubia Wake and Funeral Arrangements

The wake will be Wednesday, November 9, from four to seven o’clock pm in Saint Joseph’s Hall at Saint Benedict Center. The funeral Mass will be on Thursday, November 10, at 10:30 am, also at Saint Benedict Center, followed by the burial in SBC’s graveyard, and a reception in Saint Joseph’s Hall. The Mass and other ceremonies will be carried out according to the traditional Roman Rite. … More →


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Wilfrid Villarrubia, My Father, RIP

My Father, Wilfrid A. Villarrubia, died at 5:08 AM on All Souls Day, in the Intensive Care Unit of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. He had received Extreme Unction on Wednesday and the Apostolic Blessing yesterday morning (All Saints Day). The prayers for the dying were recited at that time, too. We prayed the traditional prayers of commendation for a departing soul when … More →


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