The Mystic, the Drill Sergeant, and the Organist

05/07/2016 Comments (2)

Left to right: Angelica Di Camillo; Theresa Di Camillo-Hargrave; Sister Ann Dolores, OSF (seated); Sr. RoseMarie Basil Di Camillo, OSF; Sr. Mary Di Camillo, FMA. Taken at Mary Help of Christians Academy Church on the occasion of Sr. Mary’s 70th anniversary of profession of vows in 1992.

My family was blessed with having three sisters not only in blood relation, but in religion. Three of my great aunts became nuns: Sr. Mary Di Camillo, F.M.A. (1904-1999), Sr. Ann Dolores Di Camillo, OSF (1922-2000), and Sr. RoseMarie Basil Di Camillo, OSF (1926-2003). Out of 12 children, more than one-quarter of them joined a religious order.

I knew them only in their later years, but for me they were always the Mystic, the Drill Sergeant, and the Organist.

However, three of the remaining members of the original Di Camillo family are still alive and I spoke with my two great aunts (herein “aunts”): Angelica (age 92) and Theresa Regina (age 90) about their remembrances of their sisters.


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A Rape Survivor Talks About a Genderless Bathroom Bill, The Case for Catholic Shakespeare and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/07/2016 Comment

Click on A Rape Survivor Talks About the North Carolina Bill by Matthew Archbold of Creative Minority Report link to read.

Wrestling with the Restless Heart – Ken Kniepmann, Catholic Stand

A Rape Survivor Talks About the North Carolina Bill – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The One-Way Argument for Human Rights: E.S.P.N. Fires Curt Schilling – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

The Case for Catholic Shakespeare – Kenneth Colston, Crisis Magazine

Fulton Sheen: In the Face of False Broadmindedness, What the World Needs Is Intolerance – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Abortionists Protected by Corrupt Friends in High Places – Charles Limandri, Crisis Magazine

Quæritur: Dying Man Hasn’t Asked for Sacraments, Can He Be Anointed? – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Marriage, and Its Exhortations – Hadley...READ MORE

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Countdown to WYD: Meeting the Queen of Poland at Częstochowa

05/06/2016 Comment

Each year, one painting draws millions of pilgrims and tourists to the non-descript Polish city of Częstochowa. Nestled in the industrial town of 300,000 is the historic monastery of Jasna Góra (meaning Mountain of Light), where the painting is housed. The painting, of course, is Our Lady of Częstochowa, also known as the Black Madonna. 

For centuries, reports of miraculous events and healings have been associated with this image of Our Lady. Centuries of votive candles in front of the image have covered the original colors of the portrait with soot, giving Mary’s fair complexion a dark hue. The portrait is a unique combination of eastern Byzantine and western Latin art. 

The icon’s...READ MORE

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Bl. Anthony Neyrot Was Catholic, Then Muslim, Then Catholic, Then Martyred

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“The Martyrdom of Blessed Anthony Neyrot” (16th century)

There are approximately 17,000 saints and beati in the Church's roll. In addition, there are 45 million martyrs mostly due to 20th century secularist and jihadist violence. Of course, to this number, we might also add all of our grandparents, as surely God loves them as much as we do. I think mine are saints.

To give an idea of what this number means, imagine starting a road trip in Boston and driving though Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut down to New York City and its environs, New Jersey, Philadelphia and all the way down to Washington, DC. This is what professional geographers refer to as "Bos-Wash"―the Northeast megalopolis stretching from Boston to Washington.

Now, imagine...READ MORE

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If You Want a Joyful Family, Become Each Other's Servants

05/06/2016 Comments (7)

Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893), “Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet”

One of my daughters just celebrated her birthday, and turned nine years old.

Well, on paper at least.

Technically we don’t know for sure how old she is—probably older than nine—which of course seems unfathomable to most people, but for whatever reason, I don’t think about that too much anymore. She joined our family four-and-a-half years ago, after living two years in an orphanage in a developing country. She is smart, funny, and has definitely found her voice in our large and teeming-with-voices family.

She, like our other adopted daughter, also has Down syndrome.

Raising a child (or in our case, children) with special needs has been, on most days, not so different from raising a child...READ MORE

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Is Dorothy Day Suitable for Canonization, Non-Judgmental Shepherds and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/06/2016 Comment

Click on Is Dorothy Day Suitable for Canonization? by Fr. Brandon O’Brien of Crisis Magazine link to read.

A Thinker, A Man Of Faith – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

Is Dorothy Day Suitable for Canonization? – Fr. Brandon O’Brien, Crisis Magazine

Non-Judgmental Shepherds – Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky, The Catholic Thing

Poland: Eucharistic Miracle! Bleeding Host Is Human Cardiac Tissue – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Five (5) Things My Mother and Daughter Taught Me about Caring for People with Dementia – Nancy Valko, Catholic Lane

St. John Vianney’s Preaching on Unworthy Communions – Peter Kwasniewski Ph.D., New Liturgical Movement

Broken Trust: The Cause of Angry Politics – John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine

The Best Way To Experience Lourdes – Fr. Matthew Pittam, Catholic Herald


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Mary Is Not a Warmed-Over Pagan Goddess

05/06/2016 Comments (2)

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), “The Adoration of the Shepherds”

The basic problem that faces those approaching Mary from outside the Catholic tradition is the seeming disproportion between what Scripture tells us about Mary and the enormous amount of space she appears to occupy in the life of the Church. Part of that appearance of disproportion is due to Catholic devotion and part of it is due, paradoxically, to the exaggerated fears of non-Catholics about Catholic devotion.

The dynamic works this way: Scripture doesn’t spell out for us, say, a command to pray the Rosary. But Catholics pray the Rosary anyway (due to the fact that they don’t regard the Bible as the Big Book of Everything given by God to micromanage our prayer lives under the rubric...READ MORE

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Now, here is a REAL religion

05/05/2016 Comments (11)

Andrei Mironov, “The Last Supper”, 2009 (CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Having just returned from a fantastic parish pilgrimage to Poland, I’ve been busy catching up in the parish and at home. I’ve jumped back into the details of building a new church, organizing a growing parish, finishing our fundraising efforts and then dealing with family life on top. 
As a result I have not had the chance to blog very much, and in the midst of the busy-ness, being able to stop and celebrate Mass has provided that “still point in the turning world” which is so vital to retain one’s sanity.
On weekdays I increasingly celebrate Mass ad orientem— this gives me the chance to pray the Mass focused more on God and not looking at the people all the time. Yesterday the...READ MORE

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