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“And for His marriage-feast prepare, for ye must go to meet Him there.”
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Who decides who is fit or unfit to have children? Who is able to decide the future of any child?
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The Holy Souls in Purgatory have been judged by God to be destined for happiness in Heaven. They are being prepared for Heaven by the help and the grace of the Holy Spirit, and we participate in their final preparations by our prayers and sacrifices.
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“If private and public morals take a turn for the worse ... we all take refuge with her, imploring heavenly aid.” —Pope Pius XI
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A meditation on the transitions between the four sets of mysteries
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Jean Mary Stone wanted to share her talents and help Catholics understand their history.
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Pope St. Pius X’s memorial is celebrated Aug. 21, the day he entered eternal life
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“The Most Blessed Virgin is queen not only because she is Mother of God, but also because, as the new Eve, she was associated with the new Adam.”
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St. Lawrence the Deacon and Aurelius Clemens Prudentius personify the riches of the Church
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God knows the inner human heart of His son or daughter
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Blessed John Henry Newman found out what being a Catholic in 19th-century England meant.
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Blessed John Forest is unique among the English Reformation martyrs, for he suffered burning at the stake for maintaining the faith
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Mother of mercy, hail, O gentle Queen!
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After being so threatened by Henry VIII, it’s amazing that the last abbot of Norton Priory survived.
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The feast of St. Pius V is celebrated on April 30, the day before the anniversary of his death
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Just last week, we had seen Mary at the foot of the Cross. Now she rejoices — the Alleluia has returned!
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“Grant that we who call to mind with veneration her anguish and suffering ... may obtain the blessed fruit of Thy Passion.”
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Catholics should be able to understand the Crusades and defend them appropriately.
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O Sacred Head, surrounded by crown of piercing thorn!
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Prayers like the ‘Salve Regina’ and ‘Regina Caeli’ are signs and proof of our devotion to Mary as Queen of Heaven
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Benedict XVI’s regard for Mary Ward’s holiness and historical significance began long before he became pope.
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In what may seem a lull between Christmas and Lent, Blessed John Henry Newman helps us see the glories of this Ordinary Time.
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Catholics have a holy way of using our time to prepare ourselves for eternity through the liturgical year.
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The source of this legend of the code dates only from the 20th century.
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Through these seasonal Marian antiphons, the Church reminds us of Our Lady’s special place in Salvation History.
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How Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, carols, cards, gifts and charitable giving became hallmarks of Christmas in England and America
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Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!
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These six martyred monks—and one more abbot who suffered on Dec.­ 1, 1539—may have rendered too much that was God’s to Caesar in a time of crisis, but the Church has judged that in the end, they died for Jesus and for love of His Church.
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Two brothers honored a Catholic hero with their portrayal of Philip Howard and his dog in the Tower of London.
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The great composer Thomas Tallis never changed his religion, remaining a Catholic through the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, until his death in 1585.
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Catholics in the West have lots of work ahead of us, and Newman still offers us guidance to be prepared.
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The Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite does not represent the past for me all; it represents eternity—and the adoration of the Mystic Lamb.
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Journey to Italy telling the story of a married couple on the brink of divorce and showing what brings them back together.
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The Elizabethan regime celebrated the defeat of the Spanish Armada by building new gallows in London and executing two large groups of Catholics.
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These two martyrs were canonized, with 38 more, by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
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At the end of the prayer, we remember that Jesus, Son of God, is also Son of Mary, who is also our Mother. These are riches indeed.
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During his execution, Blessed Everald Hanse was heard to exclaim, “O, happy day!” He was beatified in 1886 by Pope Leo XIII.
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Pope Pius XI beatified William Ward among 162 Martyrs of England and Wales in 1929. Blessed William Ward, pray for us!
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The Blessed Carmelites of Compiègne were guillotined on July 17, 1794.
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Rose Hawthorne's story, with its hints of literary romance and reality of separation and sorrow, demonstrates how strong the call to holiness can be.
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Fanny Allen was open to assent to truth when she found mysteries that could not be explained by the oracle of reason alone. Thus she found peace and love.
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Many Americans feared that the pope would order an invasion from Quebec to impose Catholicism on them.
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On July 1, 1681, St. Oliver Plunkett suffered and died at Tyburn. He forgave his persecutors, asked forgiveness for his own sins, made an Act of Contrition, prayed the Miserere, and commended his spirit to God.
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St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, pray for us!
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Sigrid Undset demonstrated the greatness of a true artist, telling the simplest stories in such an artless way that the effort of creation barely shows.
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St. Joan of Arc was canonized in 1920 not because of her military triumphs or her mystical visions, but because she loved Jesus and His Church.
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A listener should not be lulled to sleep listening to chant: she should be awakened and inspired to prayer and devotion.
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The piety of the faithful has long dedicated the month of May to Mary, the Mother of God.
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At Tyburn Tree, St. John Houghton embraced his executioner and sang the first verses of Psalm 31: ‘In thee, O Lord, do I seek refuge’
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The fact that many of the conspirators were Catholic may have helped bring about more anti-Catholic legislation after the Civil War.
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“We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee, because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world!”
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“While Pilate was still seated on the bench, his wife sent him a message, ‘Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because of him.’” (Matthew 27:19)
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The statues are hidden just as Jesus’s Divinity was hidden while He was Incarnate on earth.
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In spite of his three falls, Blessed John Hambley eventually repented and suffered for Jesus and His Church, uniting himself to the Cross of Christ.
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“The Annunciation to Mary inaugurates ‘the fullness of time’,the time of the fulfillment of God's promises and preparations.” (CCC 484)
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The Second Vatican Council did not intend for Latin to become such an unfamiliar language for Latin Rite Catholics around the world.
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Each of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary lends itself to a Lenten interpretation.
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Jesus Christ, His Incarnation, life, Passion and Resurrection is the source and summit of everything we celebrate in our public worship and private devotion.
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During the English persecution of Catholics, it was through the graces of the sacraments that the laity were able to stand up for the Faith, just as it is today and always has been.
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“Our lives are measured by time, in the course of which we change, grow old and, as with all living beings on earth, death seems like the normal end of life. That aspect of death lends urgency to our lives: remembering our mortality helps us realize that we have only a limited time in which to bring our lives to fulfillment.” (CCC 1007)
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What is the life that Jesus lived and died to give us?
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Although most Catholics don’t observe this pre-Lenten liturgical season, we still experience vestiges of it.
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In London on February 2, 1601, a group of recusant Catholics (who refused to attend Church of England services) gathered in a rooming house to commit a crime: celebrate and attend Holy Mass.
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If we aren’t united in all our beliefs, we are at least united in seeking solutions to our concerns about religious freedom, our efforts and failures to evangelize our culture and our communities, the integrity of the family, and quality of education.
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Are you prepared to be happy in Heaven?
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We should always be ready to make reparation for the abuse of the Holy Name of Jesus.
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Neale wrote the hymn version of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and the song “Good King Wenceslaus”
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King Henry VIII executed St. John Stone and tried to eradicate devotion to St. Thomas Becket, yet people still go on pilgrimage (or as tourists) to Canterbury. What would Henry think about that?
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G.K. Chesterton reminds us that part of the effect of Scrooge’s Christmas visions is that “they convert us.”
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In England and her American colonies, the Puritans banned the celebration of Christmas in the 1600s.
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Castro's horrific torture methods bring to mind Elizabethan England and what Catholic priests, as prisoners of conscience and religion, had suffered in her jails.
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As always, the martyrs inspire devotion and imitation, even among those who do not die as witnesses to Jesus, but try to live as faithful disciples.
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A glimpse of the Church's universality is seen at a parish in Mountain Home, Arkansas
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Cardinal Pole deserves to be well remembered for his devotion to Church reform, loyalty to the Papacy, and sympathy for the English martyrs (among whom was his own mother)
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We both love the world and try to be detached from it; we love nature because God created it; we recognize that we are part of nature because God created us; we also know that we sin and struggle with concupiscence and that nature has powers we cannot control and sometimes even comprehend.
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How should Catholics respond to the haunting echoes of Mary Tudor’s reign? Very carefully.
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Newman's poem “The Dream of Gerontius” is a poetic epic about the soul after death.
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He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
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Philip Howard, Edmund Campion, and Robert Southwell were all canonized together in 1970 by Pope Paul VI among the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. After enduring affliction in this life, they are experiencing glory with Christ in Heaven.
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“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”
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Fr. Spencer was known for his zealous efforts in the cause of unity between Catholics and Protestants, and his desire for England’s conversion.
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When Mother Teresa is canonized this Sunday, pause to pray for the intercession of the Saint for the soul of the Princess.
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As Monsignor Charles Pope has warned us, we can see the danger and can be prepared, inspired by the story of the Catholic Church’s survival in England.
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Stephanie A. Mann is the author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation, available from Scepter Publishers. She resides in Wichita, Kansas and blogs at www.supremacyandsurvival.blogspot.com.