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What the Angelic Doctor Taught on the Nature & Purpose of Purgatory

Those who disavow Purgatory speak against the justice of God. — St. Thomas Aquinas, ST, Supplement, Appendix 2, 1 Does hell exist? Some who disavow the existence of purgatory cite Revelation 14:13: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.’ Blessed surely, ’ says the Spirit,’ that they may rest from their strives, […]

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Ten Ways We Can Imitate Our Lady

From the cross, Jesus gave the person He cherished most on earth, His Blessed Mother Mary, to Saint John. He too established her to us as our Mother most holy! In his Marian Spiritual Masterpiece, True Devotion to Mary, Saint Louis de Montfort foregrounds ten of the most important virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary. […]

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Paper Boats Filled With Violets: A Story of Mother Cabrini

Somewhere in northern Italy, a puny little girl hunker by the side of a canal. She is dropping little boats made of paper in the rapidly flowing liquid, and nestled in each ship there is a violet. The daughter imagines each violet is a missionary, and each craft is hastening off towards India or China. […]

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The Carmelites of Compiègne: Martyrs in the Age of Enlightenment

After her ballot as Carmelite prioress in 1786, thirty-four-year-old Mother Teresa of St. Augustine learned of a inexplicable substantiate in the monastery’s archive, dated from the previous century. It recorded the strange mystic dream of a partially paralyzed young woman who had lived at the Compiegne monastery for years as a paying patron. In 1694, […]

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Medieval Catholics Saw Nature as a Stepping Stone to God

The medieval era, we are told, was defined by suspicion and discord towards the natural, substance macrocosm. “In medieval Christian doctrine, ” mentions academic and scribe Joel Kotkin in his new book The Coming of Neo-Feudalism, “the world we grasp with our appreciations is transitory, while the spiritual world is more real …. The increased […]

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The Love Story of St. Teresa of Avila

In college, I comes within the framework of a unit of students that scheduled the re-dedication of our dorm chapel to a saint that would be a good fit for a dormitory filled with undergraduate girls. I was rooting for St. Therese of Lisieux and was initially disheartened when St. Teresa of Avila was chosen. […]

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Meet Today’s Saint, the Good St. Wenceslaus

There’s a strong chance that if you are familiar with today’s saint, St. Wenceslas, it’s in the context of the timeless Christmas carol, Good King Wenceslas. This song is so pervasive that you are probably humming it right now. In fact, few children will get through their first Christmas without singing it, either in Church […]

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Our Lady of Walsingham: The Sublime Beauty of the Ordinary

In a descent world-wide, there is always the temptation( and the fuel) to focus on the macabre and the dramatically pain, letting the small and beautiful pass by, unnoticed and uncelebrated. So it is with the apparition and letter behind the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham. While it seems foolish to imagine that Our […]

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St. Robert Bellarmine, Patron Saint of Catechists

The reading at Mass from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy enumerates the moralities required of a bishop. Among these we find that he should be “temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach.” These characters, most outstandingly the last, accurately distinguish the saint whom the Church celebrates today. St. Robert Bellarmine was a […]