More and Fisher: Signs for our Times

Today we commemorate Saint Thomas More, husband, father, lawyer, sometime chancellor of England, martyred in 1535 along with his compatriot Saint John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester and cardinal of the Church, who is remembered today also. In fact, although More’s head went under the headsman’s axe on July 6, it was Fisher who was put to death on this day, when they are both remembered. I suppose Cardinals first, Chancellors, second.
Both saints are martyrs of conscience (as are all martyrs, really, as John Paul II made clear in Veritatis Splendor) – put to death in odium fidei, in hatred of

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Paulinus of Nola

BENEDICT XVI
GENERAL AUDIENCE
Paul VI Audience Hall
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Saint Paulinus of Nola
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Father of the Church to whom we turn our attention today is St Paulinus of Nola. Paulinus, a contemporary of St Augustine to whom he was bound by a firm friendship, exercised his ministry at Nola in Campania, where he was a monk and later a priest and a Bishop. However, he was originally from Aquitaine in the South of France, to be precise, Bordeaux, where he was born into a high-ranking family. It was here, with the poet Ausonius as his teacher, that he

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Of Catholic in Name and Coerced Abortion

The tide may be turning, just a little, on the education front, as Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson stripped a Catholic school of its Catholic title – as is his prerogative and duty in Canon Law – when one of the teachers ‘married’ his same –sex partner. Brebéuf Jesuit Preparatory School – alas, named after one of my favourite saints – may no longer us the term:
I, the Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson, D.D., J.C.L., with great sadness, acknowledge the choice of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School to no longer retain Catholic identity according to the doctrine and pastoral practice of the

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Vocational Discernment Day at the Carmel, Saturday, June 29

Vocation Day at the Carmel Come and See!
Is God calling you to discern your vocation?
You may be interested in spending a day of Prayer and Discernment at the Carmel on Saturday, June 29, 2019 Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
wikipedia.orgSchedule:
10:00: Welcome and introductory conference on Religious and Contemplative Life
11:00: Holy Mass
11:45: Divine Office
12:00: Lunch
1:30: Informal meeting with the Nuns
2:15: Divine Office, followed by a thirty-minute video on the Carmelite Life Time for Quiet, Contemplative Prayer
3:15: Lectio Divina
3:45: Question and Answer Period
4:40: Vespers
Chaplain: Rev. Frank Freitas
RSVP: saintagatha@thecarmel.ca
Carmel of St. Joseph 1127 Carmel-Koch Rd. St. Agatha, ON
www.thecarmel.ca
The post Vocational Discernment Day

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John the Liminal and Luminous Baptist

We celebrate the birthdays of three ‘saints’ in our Liturgy: Christ, the Son of God; His Mother, the Virgin Mary; and, today, Saint John, called ‘the Baptist’, to whom was given the role as the last, greatest and clearest of the Prophets of the Messiah: Behold, the Lamb of God! As the most liminal of saints, John signifies the bridge between the Old and the New Testament, the most momentous in history, after the crossing of which nothing was, is nor will be ever the same again. Behold, I make all things new. Since then, we have been in the

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Come, Let us Adore Him

All ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces (Lk. 9:17).As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi as it is traditionally known, we celebrate the Church’s greatest treasure, the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
The Gospel of the Mass speaks of this Sacrament in figures as does our first reading from the book Genesis. Both the offering of Melchizedek and the feeding of the crowds by Our Lord through the Apostles foreshadow the gift of the Eucharist which through the ages continues to be

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Lines in the Sand

I’m glad to read this morning that there are still limits to our societal insanity, with the intended forced abortion of a Nigerian woman in Britain with ‘learning disabilities’ now overturned by an appeal court, whose judges will provide their reasons ‘shortly’.
Yet, as Pope Saint Paul VI warned in Humanae Vitae, if our society considers the murder of an unborn child a morally neutral affair – an ironically ‘viable’ choice – then there will always be the danger that the State can force it upon us. As he warned back in 1968, if we were to deem contraception permissible:
Let it

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