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The Saints Who Levitated: Extraordinary and Concrete Miracles

Carl Sagan formerly said, “Extraordinary claims compel astonishing evidence.” Levitation is an extraordinary claim, is ensuring. It is too a claim that is very concrete: it is something anyone can observe readily if it follows. But unlike incorruption, its effects are not lasting, so we have to rely on eyewitness accounts. As with all claims […]

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Mary Grows in Love Through the Sacraments

We can distinguish in Mary a triple motherhood: her joyful motherhood at the bed, her rueful motherhood at the Annunciation and the Crucifixion, and her majestic motherhood in the Cenacle. At Bethlehem, she returned birth to Jesus according to the flesh; at the Annunciation and Calvary, she afforded birth to spirits at the cost of […]

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St. Joseph the Worker

May 1, or” May Day ,” was celebrated throughout the Communist world as a practice of presumably status the role and importance of laborers in Marxist countries. The Communist conception of exertion as almost an end in itself was, of course, very different from the Christian understanding, and in 1955, to highlight this difference, Pope […]

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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. […]