Advent Fasting

The pre-Nativity fast is often called “Phillip’s Fast” because it begins on the day after the feast of St. Phillip.  The fast was introduced to prepare the Church for a worthy celebration of the great and holy day of the Birth of Christ. The regulations for the fast were far more lenient than the Great

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Lazarus and the Rich Man

Luke 16:19-31 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) 19 There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen; and feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, 21 Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table,

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Peronism in Rome

Guest post By Supertradmum A few weeks ago, a brilliant friend of mine drew my attention to the fact that Pope Francis had been influenced by the dictator Peron of Argentina to the point where my friend called Francis a Peronist. At first, I was puzzled but told my friend I would think about this

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Custodia Occulorum

There are two parts to this post, connected by separate. I place these back to back. As a child, I had the privilege of being taught by nuns all through primary and secondary school. I also had nuns for some of my classes in college. Most of these nuns were not only highly educated, some

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Sundry Thoughts on Sanctity and Curiosity

Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship is there between light and darkness? 2 Corinthians 14 Catholic RSV One of my dear friends, a widow from the States, is pursuing the road to perfection. When we see each other once a year, we discuss

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Principled

Today, a holy person told me that people leave the Church, either those from the liberal or conservative side, because they are “unprincipled.” I was surprised at this comment, because principles did not seem to be a problem with these people who are leaving, especially Trads, who are migrating to the SSPX and the schismatic

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Delusion in the Church?

There are many definitions of mental illness, a term covering many illnesses, which sadly carry a stigma, which we all must try and destroy. This stigma hides the reality of various types of mental illness, such as post-traumatic stress, or bi-polarism or schizophrenia. Perhaps, the most common type of mental illness today is depression. Sometimes

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