Why St Robert Bellarmine was declared a Doctor of the Church – Pius XI

Sometimes it can feel like Heaven uses dates in a providential way. 13th May 1917 was the date of the first apparition at Fatima, in which Our Lady brought a vital message to a suffering world. But on the same day, Eugenio Pacelli, later Pius XII, was made a bishop by Benedict XV. But there …

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St Gregory Nazianzen and the Crisis in the Church

"A consolatory thought for those who see their span of life crumbling away under their feet - and they, apparently, doing nothing." Editor's Note: St Basil and St Gregory had a lifelong friendship, which nonetheless included tension towards the end of St Basil’s life. In 379, after St Basil died (and on his recommendation), Gregory …

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The Royal Road of the Holy Cross – The Imitation of Christ

How should we see the Cross in our lives as Christians? In honour of the traditional feast of The Finding of the Holy Cross (3rd May), let's reflect on the inspiring challenge presented in Thomas à Kempis' The Imitation of Christ (see here for UK readers). Image: St Helena and the Cross, Wiki Commons. The …

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God Alone – On St Thomas the Apostle

"O my Eternal Father, give me Thyself." 1. I ADORE Thee, O my God, with Thomas; and if I have, like him, sinned through unbelief, I adore Thee the more. I adore Thee as the One Adorable, I adore Thee as more glorious in Thy humiliation, when men despised Thee, than when Angels worshipped Thee. Deus meus et …

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The Kingdom of God – Christ is Risen!

"Teach me, like Mary, to sit at Thy feet, and to hear Thy word." 1. MY Lord Jesus, how wonderful were those conversations which Thou didst hold from time to time with Thy disciples after Thy resurrection. When Thou wentest with two of them to Emmaus, Thou didst explain all the prophecies which related to Thyself. And …

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“It is Consummated” – To Our Lord in the Tomb

"Though hast paid the price, it is done, it is secured." 1. IT is over now, O Lord, as with Thy sufferings, so with our humiliations. We have followed Thee from Thy fasting in the wilderness till Thy death on the Cross. For forty days we have professed to do penance. The time has been long …

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The Bodily Sufferings of Our Lord

"He gave the word and His heart broke." 1. His bodily pains were greater than those of any martyr, because He willed them to be greater. All pain of body depends, as to be felt at all, so to be felt in this or that degree, on the nature of the living mind which dwells in …

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Our Lord Refuses Sympathy

"He trod the winepress alone." 1. SYMPATHY may be called an eternal law, for it is signified or rather transcendentally and archetypically fulfilled in the ineffable mutual love of the Divine Trinity. God, though infinitely One, has ever been Three. He ever has rejoiced in His Son and His Spirit, and they in Him—and thus through …

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The Mental Sufferings of Our Lord

"Every fresh sin, every fresh ingratitude I now commit, was among the blows and stripes which once fell on Thee" 1. AFTER all His discourses were consummated (Matt. xxvi. 1), fully finished and brought to an end, then He said, The Son of Man will be betrayed to crucifixion. As an army puts itself in battle …

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An “Ottaviani Intervention” on Signs and Wonders

Given the fever-pitch excitement (or anxiety) in many quarters over Francis's upcoming consecration of Russia, it seems a good time to republish this 1953 text from Msgr Alfredo Ottaviani. He was later made the prefect of the Holy Office, and was chief signatory of the Short Critical Study of the Novus Ordo Missae ("The Ottaviani …

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