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31 July: St. Ignatius of Loyola – Of the Church Militant and book shredding

Here is the Martyrologium Romanum entry for this great saint and founder of the Society of Jesus. (To the right is my first class relic of St. Ignatius). Memoria sancti Ignatii de Loyola,...


Mater Ecclesiae's 14th Annual Assumption Mass

     Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church, Berlin, NJ, Diocese of Camden, welcomes you to attend the 14th Annual Assumption Mass. The Mass, in the Extraordinary Form, will...


Divine beauty and the providence of sin

Posted at Catholic Insight Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. begins The Evidential Power of Beauty with this sentence: “Every human person is drawn to beauty.” We are stirred by all mani...



Piety Facilitating Sociability

Padre Quadrupani says: “Generally speaking, it is wrong for those whom God does not call to abandon the world, to seclude themselves entirely and to shun all society suited to their...




The Seventh Inning Stretch

I have been a fan of the New York Yankees for just about my entire life. For as long as I can remember, I have spent countless hours watching games in the only chair that directly faces t...



Is Purgatory Mentioned in the Bible?

Purgatory is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible, and in fact the word did not come into common parlance until the twelfth century. However, the concept of a process whereby souls are pur...


If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. — Tallulah Bankhead

Today, take risks and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. They are a crucial part of our lives and teach us important lessons.…



Juventutem Social in St. Louis - August 4

Young people! Join Juventutem on August 4th for a solemn Mass (EF, of course) and social following. A reader provides all the details below. This is a bit closer to me than most of their ...





The poor door and a culture of (non) encounter

New York City is being exposed at some unflattering angles, as the Department of Housing Preservation and Development approved plans for a mixed-income building on the Upper West Side tha...


VIDEO 1950 – Pontifical Mass in Westminster Cathedral

A reader sent me a link to some 1950 Pathé film of a Pontifical Mass in Westminster Cathedral, London. Check out the TWO cappa recessional at about 5:15. It skips around a lot and there a...


Nancy Pelosi rides again!

Hamas is a “humanitarian organization.” “And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization,” Pelosi said to Crowley. H...


The Theology of the Offertory - Part 7.2 - The Missals of the Monastic Orders

The Cistercians, like the Premonstratensians, changed their Offertory in the middle of the 17th century, abandoning the traditional form of their Use and replacing it with that of the Mis...


Meltdown Countdown: Fishwrap on the Synod

The Synod on the Family will start in October.   Already the dissidents at the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) are whining.   They have twigged to the fact that they are not g...


It’s a terrible thought: dying excommunicated…

I want you to stop for a moment and do something: Right now… try to imagine what goes through the mind of a soul during her first 15 seconds in Hell.  The realization of where you a...


The Christian Response to the Border Crisis

Anyone audacious enough to claim a Christian response to the arrival of tens of thousands of immigrant children at the United States’ southern border should, at the very least, do several...


Latin Mass Society Day of Recollection at St Edmund's College, Ware, England

Joseph Shaw of the Latin Mass Society has posted to his flickr account some great photographs from a day of Eucharistic Recollection held at St Edmund’s College in Ware, Hertfordshire, En...


INTERNET PRAYER UPDATE: Tagalog AUDIO added (Klingon on the way)

I am delighted to report that a reader sent me a recording of the now well-known “Internet Prayer” in Tagalog. It makes my day when I get recordings of native speakers reading...