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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and as such, the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has designated it a Holy Day of Obligation.   672 more words


Was Shakespeare Catholic?

How did Shakespeare worship?– that is the question. History may tell us that the great playwright was a practicing Protestant like others of his time, but a closer look into his texts will show that perhaps Shakespeare struggled with his own religious ideologies. 1,440 more words


Excerpt From Calling Hours

There was a blue cast to my grandmother’s lips that someone had tried to cover up with makeup. Her hair was done, and her hands were folded, a gesture that does not call to mind the state a person is in after a bypass operation fails to “take.” Women who are eighty-six should generally not have bypass operations. 690 more words


Tremors in Bavaria, War in the Palatine

The internal squabble in the Hapsburg family came at the worst possible time. The Dutch and Spanish had both exhausted themselves and in 1609 had agreed to a 12 year peace so they could take a few years and pick up their teeth from the gutter. 1,144 more words


Conformity to the Divine Will

Conformity to the Divine will is a most powerful means to overcome every temptation, to eradicate every imperfection, and to preserve peace of heart. It is a most efficacious remedy for all ills, and the treasure of the Christian. 209 more words


JEI 4: All About Religious Education

One really cool thing, as a Catholic spouse of an active duty Army soldier, my parish is the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).  My parish is a  690 more words


Our Lady of Candles

I’m sure most of us, in our wanderings on the Internet, have at some point made that peculiar face and this comment:

And I don’t blame you. 770 more words