St. Cyril of Jerusalem on the Sign of the Cross

Catechetical Lecture 4 at New Advent (Catholic Encyclopedia)

Source: St. Cyril of Jerusalem on the Sign of the Cross

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15 Cloisters Dissolved: What Remains of the Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate? —

It has been a long time since any further news of developments within the situation of the once flourishing Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate have come to light. Now Katholisches has produced this report (translated by Tancred) published on The Eponymous Flower. The tragedy continues. (Rome) How far has the destruction of the […]

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The Thrilling Truth in 25 Easy Steps

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The below was written for a friend that is struggling with their faith.  It is a 25 step progression proving God’s existence and that he created the Catholic Church for our salvation. It is beautifully written.

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Let’s look at the most basic facts of the case, in 25 steps.

1. We are here. You are, in fact, here and exist.

2. None of us put ourselves here, not you, not I. This is true of all humans.

3. Someone else did.

4. That “someone” is so profound, intricate and mysterious a being that we call him God.

5. God came to us as man in nature, yet still divine in his being, in Jesus Christ. We know this by the Resurrection.

6. As the Son of Man, he performed miracles, taught, obeyed, was raised, befriended, loved, spoke the Truth. But he spent not…

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Quote of the Day – Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.

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Lacking the pleasure of intellectual delight, we tend to seek a kind of pleasure that knows nothing of the intrinsic  purpose of knowledge.  Our minds do seek to know.  What is perhaps unique about Christianity is that it is a revelation that unabashedly  also addresses itself to intellect.   It recognizes that everyone, philosopher or not,  needs to be properly directed to the highest things, that to which we are ordered in the very structure of our being.  We also need first to be receivers, to be open to what is not ourselves so that we are able to respond to what is.

– Fr. James V. Schall
“The Life of the Mind. On the Joys and Travails of Thinking”

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Knowing and Doing — The Catholic Gentleman

There are different kinds of knowledge. There is the abstract knowledge of facts and ideas, and then there’s the knowledge that comes from experience. While both forms of knowledge are legitimate, there is little doubt that the knowledge from lived experience is a deeper and more profound. Take for example the learning of a martial…

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Seminarians and the Latin Mass

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This month hundreds of young men, having discerned a vocation to the priesthood, are commencing this journey by entering the seminary. Several hundred graduate theology students are also returning to seminary as they move ever closer to ordination, God willing. As it has been over seven years since Pope Benedict XVI issued Summorum Pontificum, it is both timely and appropriate to see how much support seminaries are demonstrating for the Latin Mass through the liturgical formation of these young men.

During the course of researching this I interviewed nearly a dozen priests and seminarians. Specifically I wanted to know whether or not seminaries in the United States are currently training the men in their charge to offer both forms of the Roman Rite. I soon discovered that seminaries simply respond to the priorities and agendas of the dioceses from which they receive the majority of their seminarians, and therein…

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