“We knew not….

There is a story told in the history of a Prince who wished to convert to the Christian Faith both for himself and for his nation. He sent delegations to the great Christian cities to report back to him on their worship. One delegation returned from one such city where they had witnessed a splendid celebration …

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Inward and outward…

In the early part of the twentieth century, G.K Chesterton reigned as one of the most popular literary figures in the English-speaking world. He also made no attempt to hide the fact that he was a convinced, and convincing, aggressively Catholic layman and apologist. In one of his works on English history in the Catholic …

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An interesting article..

As we near the very significant implementation of the first major change in decades of the way we we celebrate the Mass I feel both a hope that we have an opportunity to genuinely renew and purify our celebration of the Eucharist; and a sense of concern that a mentality and the change in the …

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” After that, it’s….”

That line above appeared in two recent movies on modern British royalty: The Queen and The King’s Speech in which a stranger to royal protocol is cheerfully instructed to only use the full honorific once, then afterwards that it’s the decidedly non-posh “M’am as in HAM, not MAHM as in palm.” This gives me a chance to make a point …

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Justice and the ultimate answer.

This morning I woke up to the news that after nearly ten years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the self-proclaimed author and sponsor of these and other acts, Osama bin Laden was located and killed by US forces operating in Pakistan. The Vatican issued the statement that appears on the front page …

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God deserves it….

I write this late Holy Saturday night after having presided over the Solemn Easter Vigil Mass. It was a splendid celebration: full of color, glorious music, beauty and the blessing of a Baptism and Confirmation of a new adult member of the Catholic Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. The church was full, and so …

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“But…we wish to be loved..”

Preaching on the Passion of Christ, St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) pointed to a large Crucifix and asked his hearers Who did this? He paused, and asked again more insistently WHO DID THIS? After a further pause, he gave the answer: Love did this, heedless of His dignity! Love is a powerful thing. The Scriptures tell us it is as stern …

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