“The Lourdes of Germany”: Our Lady of Altötting and the World Day of the Sick

Our Lady of Altotting

In southeastern Germany, in the region of Bavaria, there stands an octagonal chapel which dates back to A.D. 660.  The chapel, constructed of native stone, is home to a small limewood statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, darkened by age, by the smoke of thousands of candles which have burned there, and by a fire which nearly destroyed it in A.D. 990.  The chapel is known to native Germans as the Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting or the Chapel of Grace (in German, Gnadenkappelle).For over 500 ye … [Read more...]

MATTHEW TALBOT: Inspiration and Hope for Alcoholics

Matt-Talbot-at-prayer

He was not wealthy.He was not educated.He was not well known.He was an alcoholic.But Matthew Talbot is on his way to becoming a saint.  *     *     *     *     *  Matthew Talbot was born in 1856 to a poor family in the North Strand area of Dublin, Ireland—the second of twelve children.  His father was a heavy drinker, as were most of his brothers.Matthew left school at the age of 12 to work in a wine merchant’s shop. It was there he began drinking, and he continued to drink … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis Goes to War

C.S. Lewis in 1917 (left) with friend Ernest Moore during World War I.  Moore would later be killed, as were many of Lewis' friends.  (wilsonstation.com)

One imaginative moment seems now to matter more than the realities that followed.  It was the first bullet I heard—so far from me that it “whined” like a journalist’s or a peacetime poet’s bullet.  At that moment there was something not exactly like fear, much less than indifference; a little quavering signal that said, “This is War. This is what Homer wrote about.” --C.S. LewisI was delighted to see in The Blaze an article featuring some never-before-seen photos from World War I.  Of pa … [Read more...]


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