The Carmelite Nuns of Compiègne Wore Priestly Collars

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As with the Martyrdom of St. Charles Lwanga and his companions we today remember a group of martyrs whose story is not nearly as well-known as it should be. And as with Lwanga and the Ugandan martyrs, the martyrdom of the Carmelite nuns of Compiègne speaks urgently to our own age, and offers instruction:After the fall of the constitutional monarchy and the execution of King Louis XVI in 1792, Maximilien Robespierre created rituals to honor the Cult of the Supreme Being even as he led the … [Read more...]

Adoration and the Guy in Church with the Gun. Er, Rifle.

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So, I haven't been feeling great these past few weeks -- it's one of the reasons for the scant writing; between the aches and pains and the fuzzy brain, reasoning has been a challenge for me (that is, more of a challenge) and it's difficult to write with coherence when you feel like you are about to die right...this...minute.Tomorrow I go for more lab work -- including some gross stuff that goes on over a few days -- so hopefully by next week we will know more. On the one hand, it's … [Read more...]

Hated the Red Shoes, but Pink Sneakers are to Die For!

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When Pope Benedict XVI abdicated his papacy and was succeeded by Pope Francis, one particular fact seemed to delight the press -- and Benedict-haters -- more than any other: Francis was not wearing the red shoes!Google his red shoes (once incorrectly reported and forever incorrectly misunderstood to be Prada-made) and it feels like more was written about them than Benedict's encyclicals, his books, his travel, his kissed babies. Those red shoes drove secularists, and some Catholics crazy, … [Read more...]

Girls and Guillotines: Glorifying God

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If you're not subscribing to The Catholic Answer Magazine (which you should because it's a little six-times-a-year gem of Catholic information on scripture, doctrine and tradition, but I won't scold!) I hope you're at least liking the OSV Twitter account so you can click on to some of its goodness!The July/August edition is particularly rich, as it examines Eucharistic Adoration, Concupiscence, the Eastern Churches and the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne. Much of that is behind the paywall -- … [Read more...]

Feast of Saint Andrew Audio/Reading UPDATED

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I'm an awful photographer but took this in Rome last May -- happily, mass began in one of the side chapels just a few seconds after I snapped this! Sant'Andrea della Valle is much simpler than many other churches but very beautiful, and I lingered, here.It's recently cleaned-up exterior is very pretty, too -- much more so than the image at the link would suggest.At News.va we read how the relics of Andrew first came to Rome:In 2006 Benedict XVI travelled to Turkey to coincide with … [Read more...]


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