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11 07, 2024

You Did Not Irretrievably Botch Your Life.

By |2024-07-10T23:55:41+00:00July 11th, 2024|Theology|

Fr. Walter J. Ciszek S.J. wrote: Though our situation may have been somewhat unique, the temptation [to give up] was not. It is the same temptation faced by everyone who has followed a call and found that the realities of life were nothing like the expectations he had in the first flush of his vision and his enthusiasm. It is the temptation that comes to anyone, for example, who has entered religious life with a burning desire to serve God and him alone, only to find that the day-to-day life in religion is humdrum and pedestrian, equally as filled with moments of human misunderstanding, daily routines, and distractions. It is [...]

27 02, 2024

Fr. Leo: Denver’s Priestly Martyr of the 20th Century

By |2024-02-27T03:59:13+00:00February 27th, 2024|Theology|

The Martyrdom of Father Leo Heinrichs OFM, by David Gabler, citing the February 1908 edition of the Denver Catholic Register: Father Leo Heinrichs woke up the morning of Feb. 23, 1908, and prepared for the 6 a.m. Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Denver. While he normally said the 8 a.m. Mass, Father Leo asked his vicar, Father Wulstan Workman, if he would switch on account of a meeting he had later that morning. It was the last Mass the Franciscan priest ever celebrated. While distributing Holy Communion, an Italian immigrant named Giuseppe Alia approached the altar rail, and knelt down to receive Holy Communion as given to [...]

2 11, 2023

Miracles and Saints of the Catholic Church

By |2023-11-07T18:44:39+00:00November 2nd, 2023|Theology|

So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”—John 4:48.  This line is typically seen as a reproach from Our Lord Jesus Christ, but perhaps it is a pledge, namely, that we weak human creatures need to see miracles to believe.  The following is a brief but powerful compilation of [mostly] modern miracles and saints that gives great evidence to the Catholic Faith.  It was put together by my brother's godfather. Miraculous, visible proof; events not explainable by science; A miracle is a sensibly perceptible  effect, surpassing at least the powers of visible nature, produced by God to witness to some truth or to [...]

26 09, 2023

Letter from a Notre Dame Grad to His Alma

By |2023-09-26T00:25:45+00:00September 26th, 2023|Theology|

From Padre: I'm a Boston College grad and my alma is obviously the rival of Notre Dame.   But one of my closest friends is named Shane who graduated ND just before I graduated BC in 2000. Below is his witty reply to an initial reply regarding his concern about the upcoming Drag Queen show at ND.  Shane allows for much more leeway on academic freedom than I would, but his reply also has the bite of a Neil McCaffrey Sr. from the 1980s: [Dear ND Lady,] Actually, that's funny because when Billy Joel was banned from performing [at Notre Dame], I believe he was later brought in to perform [...]

4 07, 2023

A Woman’s Conversion on Birth Control

By |2023-07-04T01:02:03+00:00July 4th, 2023|Theology|

From Fr. David Nix:  This is a short conversion story written by a married friend. As you read it, notice how her own conscience comes into play with objective truth.  She writes... As a new Catholic, I quickly fell in love with the Rosary.  I loved the prayers, the meditations, the lovely beads. Not long into my devotional life with the rosary, as I was praying I had the fleeting thought, "Why am I not getting out of the Rosary what I think other people are receiving?" In the tiniest flash, the Blessed Mother's face was before me and I got the interior the message: "Birth Control." I had the [...]

13 06, 2023

Custody of the Eyes by St. Alphonsus

By |2023-06-09T04:15:08+00:00June 13th, 2023|Theology|

The following was written for religious, but lay people can learn much from The True Spouse of Jesus Christ by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.  The following excerpt is also found at www.saintsworks.net. 'Turn away your eyes lest they behold vanity; (cf. Ps. 119:37) for license causes souls to perish.'—St. Poemen Almost all our rebellious passions spring from unguarded looks; for, generally speaking, it is by the sight that all inordinate affections and desires are excited. Hence, holy Job made a covenant with his eyes, that he would not so much as think upon a virgin. Why did he say that he would not so much as think upon a [...]

1 06, 2023

Who Is Sister Mary Wilhelmina OSB?

By |2023-05-31T22:03:30+00:00June 1st, 2023|Theology|

From Fr. David:  Mary Elizabeth Lancaster was born on the 13th of April 1924 in St. Louis, MO.  She entered Benedictine religious life as a teenager.   Later in life, Sr. Mary Wilhelmina founded the traditional congregation Queen of Apostles.  There, she died on 29 May 2019.  Four years later, on 18 May 2023, she was exhumed and found incorrupt.  (Incorrupt means minimal corruption to a deceased body, and this is normally seen as a sign of God affirming great sanctity in the life of the deceased.)  The following guest post is written by Mother of Wildlings, @ravenousreader. Who was Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster? Most Catholics know her as the “Incorrupt [...]

30 05, 2023

Spiritual Warfare in the US Military

By |2023-06-01T20:48:48+00:00May 30th, 2023|Theology|

From Fr. David Nix:  Robert Green was my parishioner when I was a parochial vicar at a traditional parish on the East Coast.  As the inside cover of his new book reads, Robert "has become one of the Navy's most vocal figures in the fight against the unlawful implementation of the military COVID-19 vaccine mandate.  Banned from his building and fired from his position leading a 650-person unit, he is the author of numerous impactful internal Navy complaints, multiple whistleblower reports to Congress, and a key source of evidence for ongoing Federal Court cases related to the military vaccine mandate."  Following Memorial Day, I believe this blog was best to [...]

16 05, 2023

One of the Original “Canceled Priests”

By |2023-05-19T18:05:11+00:00May 16th, 2023|Theology|

The top left is the late Fr. Enrique Tomas Rueda and the top right is the late Bishop Bonaventure Broderick.  Both are, in some sense, among the original "canceled priests."  I re-publish this tragic but inspiring account of Fr. Rueda written with the permission of Remnant Newspaper. Tu Es Sacerdos in Aeternum—by Thomas Ryan I hadn’t heard from Fr. Rueda in at least two months when an email message, forwarded multiple times, showed up in my inbox last month indicating he’d died. In time, I would learn there was some rather bizarre news associated with that of Father’s passing. Fr. Enrique Tomas Rueda was a native of Havana, Cuba. In fact, he’d [...]

11 02, 2023

Live-Reporting On the Trial of Pro-Life Rescuers

By |2023-02-15T21:59:29+00:00February 11th, 2023|Theology|

by Will Goodman.  p/c Life Legal Defense Foundation Forward to this blog by Fr. David Nix:  I found out today that one of my arrests for my peaceful work inside abortion centers with Red Rose Rescue will go to trial in New Jersey on 10 March 2023 (just a few weeks away.) I will be tried with my friend Fr. Fidelis, depending on the outcome of his court case for similar work in Nassau County on Long Island. Will Goodman, our mutual friend from Red Rose Rescue, wrote the following from his eye-witness reporting from the court room outside NYC this week, and he gave me permission to publish it [...]

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