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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Devotion to St Joseph, Part II: Logical Consequences – Fr Bover SJ

"Take this glorious Saint for your master, and you will not wander out of the way.” In honour of St Joseph, we are publishing this exclusive translation of a sermon by Fr José María Bover SJ in two parts. This first part was published in advance of the feast of St Joseph the Worker (1 …

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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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Devotion to St Joseph, Part I: Theological Reasons – Fr Bover SJ

"Great evils must be met with great remedies." "The great remedies for the evils that weigh upon the earth are to be sought in heaven. The great remedies for the immense evils that afflict us (and for the greater evils that threaten us) are these: devotion to the Heart of Jesus Christ; to the Immaculate …

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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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St Thomas Aquinas on the Five Qualities of Prayer

I would like to offer our readers this beautiful text on prayer taken from the Catechetical Instructions of St Thomas Aquinas. This is now available in Tradivox Vol. VI (UK readers click here). It is also available at the Internet Archive. Reminder: We earn with purchases through Amazon links. We hope that the text from St …

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The Holy Wrath of St Thomas Aquinas, by G.K. Chesterton

Editor's comment: Benedict XIV observed that when St Thomas was called upon to refute his opponents, he would do so with such discretion and courtesy "that he deserved no less praise for his manner of disagreement than for his assertion of the Catholic truth."[1] The incident narrated by Chesterton in the text below may be …

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Our Lord in the Desert – from Fr Aloysius Ambruzzi SJ’s “Companion to the Spiritual Exercises”

This week, the WM Review contributed a reading to the Catholic Family Podcast's project "Lent Around the World". One of our editors read an extract from Fr Aloysius Ambruzzi SJ's A Companion to the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius (link for UK readers). The text of the meditation is below. Image: Mosaic from St Mark's …

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St Thomas Aquinas, Universal Doctor – Sermon by Fr Edward Leen CSSP, 1923

We are launching our Week of St Thomas Aquinas today, in honour of his feast (7 March), with this sermon by Fr Edward Leen CSSP, reprinted with permission from the Bellarmine Forums. Image: St Thomas, by Crivelli. Wiki Commons. St Thomas, Universal Doctor Fr Edward Leen - preached November 1923 SAINT THOMAS was born in …

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