The Holy Innocents – Liturgical Highlights

There are many moments of beauty and pathos in the Church's year. But, in my opinion, few are so equally filled with both bitterness and glory as the feast of the Holy Innocents. It is very noticeable that Christ's coming to the world is marked with blood from the very beginning, both in time and …

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Holy Face Part III: the “exterior object” of reparation

This is the third part of our series on the Holy Face devotion. In this part we take up the account of the revelations where we left it at the end of Part II. Readers will recall that Our Lord Jesus Christ, in a series of revelations between August 1843 and June 1845 made known …

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Preparation for Tyranny I: Becoming Strong by Rejecting False Hope

... If pow'rs divine behold our human actions (as they do): I doubt not then, but innocence shall make false accusation blush, and tyranny tremble at patience. Hermione in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, 3.2.27 The world is in eclipse. It looks like we have almost entered the stage known as “totality,” in which the whole …

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“That Golden Book”: On the Roman Catechism, and a review of Baronius Press’s edition

This essay consists of two parts: Part I - Review of Baronius Press's edition of the Roman Catechism Part II - The Roman Catechism itself Historical backgroundThe authority of the Roman CatechismClergy and theologians on the CatechismComparison with the modern catechismThe Roman Catechism and the crisis in the ChurchThe nature and structure of this Catechism. …

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The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: the only foundation of true freedom

Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 47: 11 Introduction In his 1947 essay Leisure the Basis of Culture the German philosopher Josef Pieper wrote: “[I]t might be asked whether we are not all of us proletarians and all of us, …

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Suffering under persecution – the example of Robert Southwell and the English Martyrs

One of the great delusions of the modern age is the presumption that human beings today are in some way “better”, more “enlightened”, more “moral” than people in the past, who were were cruel, or ignorant, or incapable of seeing things which are obvious to “modern man”. This attitude reveals itself in the frequent use …

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