Catholic Poetry: “Believe and Take Heart,” by John Lancaster Spalding

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BELIEVE AND TAKE HEART By John Lancaster Spalding What can console for a dead world? We tread on dust which once was life; To nothingness all things are hurled: What meaning in a hopeless strife? Time’s awful storm Breaks but the form. Whatever comes, whatever goes, Still throbs the heart whereiby we live; The primal [Read More...]

Blog Bishop of the Week: Ignatius A. Reynolds, Charleston, South Carolina (1798-1855)

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Ignatius Aloysius Reynolds was born near Bardstown, Kentucky, August 22, 1798, of one of the Catholic families that emigrated from Maryland to that State. Trained under Bishop Flaget and Dr. David he early showed a real vocation, and was one of the first students in the Theological Seminary at Bardstown. Completing his course at St [Read More...]

The Dakotas’ First Bishop: Martin Marty, O.S.B. (1834-1896)

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VICARIATE APOSTOLIC OF DAKOTA: RIGHT REV. MARTIN MARTY, O.S.B. First Vicar Apostolic of Dakota. Martin Marty was born at Schwyz in Switzerland, on the 12th of January 1834, and entering in youth, the great Benedictine abbey of Einsiedlen, made his profession on the 20th of May 1855. The young monk had already pursued his theological [Read More...]


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