What You Need to Know About the Antichrist (According to Bl. John Henry Newman)

05/02/2016 Comments (25)

Luca Signorelli, “Deeds of the Antichrist” (c. 1501). Note the lack of wounds in the hands of the Christ-like figure. This is the artist's way of indicating that he is actually the Antichrist.

With news in late January that the Archdiocese of Chicago sent the Vatican reports of a miraculous healing credited to the intercession of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, and considering the rise of anti-Christian culture around the world, it looks like a good time to take a look at the cardinal’s four sermons on the Antichrist all grounded in the teachings of the Bible and the Fathers of the Church. Delivered by him a little over 180 years ago, they sound as if they were written and preached in today’s times.

“Times of the Antichrist” was the title of the first sermon. Here as in the rest, Cardinal Newman follows the ancient Fathers who were not too far removed from the apostles, like...READ MORE

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Countdown to WYD: Mariacki Church and the Trumpeter of Krakow

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Hejnał player in Kraków (Wikimedia Commons)

May is a very special month in Poland. I only realized how special when I spent several months in northern Poland in the port town of Gydnia near Gdansk on the Baltic Sea. Every afternoon I joined my gracious hostess at the nearby parish; and every day the tiny church was packed with parishioners praying the rosary, signing hymns, and leaving flowers to honor Our Lady. It was just something everyone did at 4pm every afternoon for the whole month.

Although George Weigel and I covered the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in City of Saints, it seemed remiss of me to blog about Krakow and not include this church of such intense, well, Polish-ness. And since it is May and Mary’s month, it...READ MORE

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Taking May to Look at Mary

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Sassoferrato, “The Virgin in Prayer” (c. 1645)

Cradle and convert Catholics encounter the Blessed Virgin Mary in profoundly different ways. A cradle Catholic growing up in a parish and a family with a healthy Marian spirituality grows up, from the immemorial Always of childhood, surrounded by her as Mother, as Heavenly Intercessor, as Glorious Virgin, as the gentle Mother of God. She is there at baptisms, at daily Mass, at birthday parties, Christmas, weddings, and funerals. She is part of normal life, somebody you turn to as naturally when you have the blues as you do when at family gatherings where the wine is flowing. She is redolent of the smell of May flowers, of the scent of pine at Christmas, of the smell of fading leaves in...READ MORE

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Why is May the Month of Mary?

05/01/2016 Comments (7)

Guillaume Perrier (1600-1656), "La remise du rosaire"

It’s here.

May, the month in which the earth springs into bloom (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics, and making vacation plans.

It’s also the Month of Mary.

Having gone to a Catholic grade school run by the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, my early childhood memories include honoring Mary during May – a practice I’ve continued all of my life and taught my children to do as well. It’s as natural and essential to me as my morning coffee (only far, far more joy-filled if you can even imagine that).

I know a number of Catholics who see May as the Month of Mary, and we all get the same question from time to time:

Why is May Mary’s...READ MORE

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Rome's Trevi Fountain Illuminated Red to Remember Persecuted Christians

Bishop Audo warns of the end of the Church's presence in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

04/30/2016 Comments (5)

Losing the Christian presence in Syria would be something "very, very dangerous for the universal Church, for the Muslim people, and for ourselves”, warned Bishop Antoine Audo of Syria's second largest city, Aleppo.

The Chaldean bishop was speaking to the Register after addressing crowds in Rome who had gathered at the city's Trevi Fountain in the evening of April 29. The famous landmark was colored red to honor and remember the blood of persecuted Christian martyrs. The number of Christians being persecuted for the faith is estimated to total 200 million around the world.



The event, which drew a large crowd, included a series of testimonies and ended with a prayer. Its...READ MORE

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A Retro-Fitting Sanctuary, How I Evangelize Atheists, Catholic As A Part Of Speech, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on St. Eugene’s Cathedral (Santa Rosa, CA) Retro-Fitting Sanctuary by William Riccio of New Liturgical Movement link to read.

St. Eugene’s Cathedral (Santa Rosa, CA) Retro-Fitting Sanctuary – William Riccio, New Liturgical Movement

Catholic As A Part Of Speech – Dan Byron, Catholic Stand

Brick by Brick in Marquette – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

The Clothes Have No Emperor: How I Evangelize Atheists – Kenneth Hensley, Catholic Answers

Controversy in Amoris Laetitia Arises from Lack of Confidence in Our Own Clergy – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Must Catholic Doctrine on Marriage Now Be Affirmed by Every Bishop and Bishops Conference? – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog

Poem: “It Takes Families To Raise A Village” – Guy McClung, Catholic Lane

Asceticism: The Alternative to “Hope and Change” –...READ MORE

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Pope Francis at Extraordinary Jubilee Audience: Be Reconciled With God

God never accepts possibility that someone could remain estranged from His love, as long as He finds in that person some sign of contrition for the evil he has committed.

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Pope Francis has underlined the invitation of the Apostle St. Paul to “be reconciled to God”, saying it applies to all Christians, especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The theme of reconciliation was central to his catechesis at his extraordinary Jubilee audience on Saturday morning in St. Peter’s Square. Throughout this Holy Year, the Pope is holding such audiences once a month. This Saturday's was also held in honor of members of the security services and their service to peace and reconciliation.

In his discourse, the Pope made a point of drawing on St. Paul’s words in the second letter to the Corinthians 5:20-21: “So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing...READ MORE

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Mother Angelica and Mother Teresa in Niagara

04/30/2016 Comments (6)

In 1980, when I was ten, Mother Teresa gave the commencement address at my parents’ (and grandparents’ and aunts’ and uncles’) alma mater, the Vincentian Niagara University. Her stock had, perhaps, never been higher: she had won the Nobel Prize the preceding year and published a bestselling book.

So though my parents had no relations being graduated that year, they went to see this “Living Saint” at Niagara’s commencement—and came back home simply astounded at the sanctity the woman radiated, having met her “up close and personal” after the event. They had literally met a shoo-in for canonization.

Fast-forward five years. My Confirmation class was taken from our parish, Our Lady of...READ MORE

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