God Protect France

  It was a dark time. October, 1940.The French colossus of Napoleon and the proud juggernaut of the Great War had succumbed to the Nazi Blitzkrieg in June of 1940. Now, four months later, the fiery-hearted, passionate French chafed under the humiliating yoke of the Nazis in the rump state of Vichy France. The terrible words of the former French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud echoed in the ears of the citizens."[If HItler won the war] it would be the Middle Ages again, but … [Read more...]

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Scared to Become a Saint

  Once upon a time, not long ago, I prayed that God would make me a Saint.Now, I don't go around divulging the innermost conversations I have with God lightly, but hear me out. In the midst of the topsy-turvy world we live in where one stress replaces or compounds another, there is something heartening not only in the Truth found in our Catholic Faith, but in the Saints who lived it out most fully. St. Thomas More, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Augustine, St. Catherine of … [Read more...]

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On Pilgrimage & Sacramentality – Hilaire Belloc’s “The Four Men”

Author's Note: This piece was written for Joseph Pearce's St. Austin Review (November/December 2015 edition), please link here to peruse and subscribe.Recently, upon reading Hilaire Belloc’s classic The Four Men, I came to a new appreciation: the virtue of “re-reading”. The first read, I have learned, always tells you what happened, but each subsequent read tells you what it means. There is no better work to re-read than a book about a pilgrimage. Especially one described by Hilaire Belloc. W … [Read more...]

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God’s Revolutionaries

He smelled. Of course he did. He slept in caves and crevices, but could always see the heavens. He sweated through his day's work and yet was constantly in the river's current. Wiry, yet exceedingly strong. Wild-eyed, yet disarmingly clear. The Baptist. When he looked at you, it was impossible to hide. And part of you was relieved to know that you had been found out. He knew, and you knew, it was time. Time to quit hiding. It was time to change.St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness by … [Read more...]

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“Be Not Afraid” – Suffering & St. John Paul II

 As he kindly surveyed them, he smiled.And without saying it, he seemed to exude it. "Be not afraid."In the village of El Rincon outside of Havana, under the sweltering Cuban sun, the aging pontiff with his pale blue eyes, stooped posture and sweetly pained face fought the grip of Parkinson's disease in order to express himself. And he smiled. For before him were his people. Not dignitaries and opinion-makers, cardinals and bishops, philosophers and playwrights. No. He was in … [Read more...]

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Law, Mercy & Controversy at the Synod on the Family

The Adulterous Woman Alone with Jesus by James Tissot In case you hadn't heard, there is a meeting being held at the Vatican right now.Yep.It has a daunting title. The "14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops on the Family" which is the follow up meeting to the equally daunting "3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family" held in October of 2014.ZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzOkay, WAKE UP!Let me … [Read more...]

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