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England and Always: Can These Bones Live?

“ENGLAND AND ALWAYS” THE BRITISH, THE EMPIRE, AND THE FAITH Part IX: Can These Bones Live? All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade … More →


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The Blessings for Just About Everything, Including Beer, in the Old Roman Rituale

Aleteia: Chapter VIII of the Rituale Romanum, a liturgical manual dated 1614, includes special blessings for almost anything you might use on a daily basis, literally — the chapter is titled “Blessings of things designated for ordinary use.” In it, you will find blessings for cheese or butter, for seeds, for salt or oats for animals, fishing boats, tools used by mountain climbers and, naturally, for … More →


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Washington Had ‘Mater Dei Ora Pro Nobis’ Engraved on a Sword He Gave General Kościuszko

National Catholic Register, Carrie Gress: This 4th of July it seems appropriate to look at one of the great contributors to American Independence. Polish-born General Kościuszko is no stranger to history buffs, but to many Americans today his contribution to our freedom is little known. Read full account here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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The Fourteen Holy Helpers

During the chastizing period of the Black Death that devastated Europe from 1346-1349 there were many saints that the faithful invoked against the plague and sudden death. Among these were those who a century later would be known as the Fourteen Holy Helpers. (A brief history of the devotion of the Holy Helpers, and the vision that initiated that devotion, is wonderfully related in a … More →


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Mary I, England’s Catholic Queen of Undeserved Reputation

Review of Mary Tudor, England’s First Queen Regnant – Truth is the Daughter of Time by Gregory Slysz. Gracewing, United Kingdom 2015 by Eleonore Villarrubia Recently I read a review of a book about the 1641 Irish Rebellion. The reviewer called the many “historical” versions of that event — all written by Protestant Englishmen — “The Big Lie.” No doubt many events throughout history have … More →


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Book Review: Jan Sobieski, the King Who Saved Europe

National Catholic Register, Carrie Gresse: Poland’s kings are a fascinating bunch, ranging from great scoundrels like Boleslaw the Bold, who hacked up St. Stanislaw, to larger than life characters like King Kazimierz, who raised 14th century Poland to greatness. Even St. Jadwiga, who founded the Jagiellonian University, was technically “king” because 14th century Polish law did not allow for a queen. While these rulers are … More →

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Eucharistic Miracle at Fourth Lateran Council

Aleteia: The patriarch Jeremiah Al Amchiti was born in Amsheet, Lebanon, where he grew up and received education until God called him for his service in the religious life. In fact, he became a monk, and with the help of his brothers David and Joseph, he lived for a while as a hermit in Amsheet’s hermitages. Those hermitages included vast and high cellars and three … More →

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England and Always: Coming Home

“England and Always” The British, the Empire, and the Faith Part VIII: Coming Home O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry, our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die; the walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide, take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride. –G.K. Chesterton Events followed fast and furiously after … More →


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Evelyn Waugh in East Africa

By considering the refreshingly candid insights to be found in A Tourist in Africa (1960) — Evelyn Waugh’s last book of travel — we may also thereby shed valuable light on the current challenges and limits to be faced by discordantly multi-cultured and overloaded Europe, given the stark underlying realities of geography and of demography (births, deaths, and migrations). In order to keep manageable proportions, … More →


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Japan: Bones Discovered of Last Martyred Missioner to Japan

Vatican Radio: Japanese authorities on Monday confirmed the identity of a 17th century Italian Catholic Missionary priest, Fr. Giovanni Battista Sidotti, whose body was found in 2014 during excavations for an apartment building. He is known as the ‘last missionary martyr’ to Japan. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Diplomats Without Honor

The momentous theme of “honor in foreign policy” presented by James Burnham in his incisive book, Containment or Liberation? (1953), will also be found pervading Geoffrey D.T. Shaw’s recent book of excellence, The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam (2015). Shaw’s book could, and should, now also evoke the memory and content of another searching and well-documented … More →


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RIP Last Cristero Soldier at 103

CNA: The last known surviving soldier of the Cristero War, Juan Daniel Macías Villegas, died last month in his home town of San Julián, Mexico. He was 103 years old.  More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Pray for the Survivors and 95 Victims, 3 Nuns, 92 Children, Chicago School Fire of 1958

There is a website dedicated to the victims of this horrific tragedy. After reading about the four Sisters of Charity and sixteen other victims killed by terrorists at an old age home in Yemen, I was reminded of one of the worst fires in US history, that which occurred in 1958  at of Our Lady of the Angels school in Chicago. The following account details … More →

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England and Always: Decline and Fall

“England and Always” The British, the Empire, and the Faith Part VII: Decline and Fall Why, If there’s a God in the sky, Why shouldn’t He grin High Above this dreary Twentieth century din? In this strange illusion, Chaos and confusion, People seem to lose their way. What is there to strive for, Love or keep alive for, Say, ‘Hey, hey!’ Call it a day … More →


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Memories of a Combatant Marine Officer

As a result of recently reviewing The Lost Mandate of Heaven, Geoffrey D.T. Shaw’s well-documented book on the Vietnam War and the manifold cumulative betrayals of South Vietnam’s Catholic President Diem (d. 1963), I came to know of Andrew R. Finlayson. He is another author who has written — often with piercing pathos and resonantly elegiac tones — about Vietnam and about his own memorable … More →


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