Category Archives: History

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Commemorating Blessed Emperor Karl

Nothing can be made again exactly as it once was. That would include the Catholic Christendom which consisted of the peoples of the lands of Europe and their overseas outposts whose laws and customs were rooted in and conformed to the teachings of Our Lord as recorded in Holy Scripture and of the Latin-rite branch of the Church He founded. It is possible, however, to … More →

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Cardinal Manning’s Understanding of Courage

In 1892, near the end of Cardinal Henry Edward Manning’s life, he published an essay entitled “Courage,” which is the last-but-one chapter of his own longer collection of eleven essays modestly entitled Pastime Papers.His Chapter 10 on “Courage” is also a fitting complement to his profound Chapter 1, entitled “Honour.” Because of the learning and depth and unmistakable variety of Cardinal Manning’s fresh insights concerning … More →

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Columbus Believed in and Lived the Doctrine That There Is No Salvation Outside the Church

Although our country celebrates Columbus Day today, Monday October 10, so as to give workers a long weekend, everyone knows that the real holiday is October 12. This is the day, in 1492, when Christopher Columbus first sited land after a seventy-two day voyage westward across the Atlantic. The day before that he had promised his crew that if they did not see land by … More →

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Prelude to a Martyrdom

In the Summer of 1586, three priests arrived for a secret meeting at Hurleyford, the “lonely but spacious mansion”1 belonging to one Mr. Richard Bold. The house was in England’s south, in Buckinghamshire, between the Thames and the Chiltern foothills, an area where one of the clerical number, Father William Weston, knew a number of recusant Catholics, like Bold, who hosted priests — but secretly, … More →

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Father John P. Chidwick, Heroic Chaplain of the Maine

Catholic Stand, Donald McClarey: Night, February 15, 1898, the American battleship USS Maine lay at anchor in the harbor of Havana.  Although tensions were running high between the US government and Spain, the colonial power occupying Cuba, the night was calm.  Suddenly, at 9:40 PM,  a huge explosion devastated the forward section of the Maine, an external explosion setting off the powder in the magazines of the … More →

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Frances Allen, Daughter of Ethan Allen, First U.S. Citizen to Become a Nun

She was not the first American to become a nun. That was the convert Lydia Longely of Groton, Massachusetts. Lydia was born in 1674. At the age of twenty, after being ransomed from the Indians who slaughtered her parents some months before, she ended up in Canada living with the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Montreal. She came into the Catholic Church in … More →

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The Victory Over the Turks 1683 Battle of Vienna

Last Monday was the feast of the Holy Name of Mary, which also commemorates the Christian victory over the invading Moslem army at Vienna. Steve Weidenkoph gives an excellent and concise review of that victory on Catholic Answers website. Today (September 12) is the memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary, a liturgical celebration that probably gives many Catholics pause. Honoring the Blessed Mother … More →

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Cardinal Manning: Honour

While attempting to retrieve a memorable 1909 Hilaire Belloc essay (“The Missioner”) for a College student — to be then conveniently found in a 1926 Anthology entitled Representative Catholic Essays — I unexpectedly saw and read for the first time an earlier 1892 essay on “Honor” by Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, who was one of Belloc’s own beloved mentors and heroes. Cardinal Manning’s fresh and … More →

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Mike Church on Foxe and Friends’ anti-Catholic History

Mandeville, LA (Mike Church) – I was researching a guest’s bio, Mary Eberstadt, when I came across a review of her book “It’s Dangerous to Believe” at the New American website, by Steve Byas. Byas’s review is fair and a good read but in breaking my own rule, (I read some of the comments) I was sickened and broken hearted to read the stultifying and wildly inaccurate … More →

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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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