True and false miracles in the life of the Church

"If in Sodom had been wrought the miracles that have been wrought in thee, perhaps it had remained unto this day." Image: Wiki Commons. This is an expanded extract taken from the article Possible Miracles, Possible Deception. Miracles as proof of Christ’s revelation In the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Lent, Our Lord condemns …

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St John the Baptist’s sufferings teach us about Christ’s Kingdom – here’s how (Fr Coleridge, 1882)

"Would He drive away the Herodian princes as He had scattered the money-changers?" Image from Wiki Commons. Some line breaks added below, with some headings taken from the original Table of Contents. Fr Coleridge's book on St John the Baptist takes us up to the close of the saint's ministry, but not his life. Nonetheless, …

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St John the Baptist and recent devotions – Fr H.J. Coleridge SJ, 1882

"... a sign of danger, secret pride, or coldness of charity." Murillo, Wiki Commons. Some line breaks added below, with some headings taken from the original Table of Contents. The following extract from Fr Coleridge's book on the ministry of St John the Baptist sheds an interesting light on more "recent" devotions adopted by the …

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

Sometimes it can feel like Heaven uses dates in a providential way. Editors' Notes 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. …

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St Gregory Nazianzen and the Crisis in the Church – Cardinal Newman

"A consolatory thought for those who see their span of life crumbling away under their feet - and they, apparently, doing nothing." Image: Rubens, St Gregory of Nazianzus Wiki Commons CC 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, …

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St Stanislaus and the dead man in his grave

"The condition was accepted mockingly, as a thing impossible to be executed." Editors' Notes The narrative below comes from the very colourful text The Phantom World, by Dom Augustin Calmet, published first in 1746 and revised in 1751. This interesting work looks at accounts of vampires and other mythical creatures, and considers various possible explanations …

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When Our Lady became the Mother of Sorrows – Fr H.J. Coleridge SJ, 1885

"Now for the first time she is raised to that pre-eminent throne of suffering." Murillo's Virgen Dolorosa – CC Wiki Commons. Some line breaks added below, with some headings taken from the original Table of Contents. FromThe Thirty YearsOur Lord’s Infancy & Hidden LifeFr Henry James Coleridge1885 Burns and Oates, London, 1915154-63 The change of …

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Do the Gospels tell us more about St Joseph than we realise? Fr H.J. Coleridge SJ, 1885

"... It becomes obvious that we have continual though silent record of decisions and acts of St Joseph." Photo by Saint John's Seminary on Unsplash. Some line breaks added below, with some headings taken from the original Table of Contents. Editors' Notes It is sometimes suggested that the Gospels have relatively little to say about …

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Our Lady and the Gospel – A meditation for the Third Sunday in Lent

"Before the Blessed Mary could be Mother of God... she was set apart, sanctified, filled with grace, and made meet for the presence of the Eternal." Image: La Inmaculada Concepción, Francisco Rizzi, (Source: Wikimedia commons) Editors' Introduction The gospel of the third Sunday in Lent ends with the following verses: "And it came to pass, …

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The King of France, Fatima and the Crisis in the Church

"Given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of my request, they will follow him into misfortune." As we all know, one of the requests of Our Lady of Fatima was that the Pope would, with all the bishops, consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. Let us read Sr …

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