Beautiful Prayers from St Gregory of Narek, New Doctor of the Church

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We have a new Doctor of the Church!! St Gregory of Narek, the 10th Century Armenian saint, has been declared a Doctor of the Church. Radio Vaticana reported today, Meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints on Saturday ahead of his departure for Aricca on Lenten retreat, the Pope confirmed the proposal put forward by the Plenary Session of the Congregation to confer the title of Doctor of the Universal Church on the 10th Century saint. St Gregory Continue Reading

14 Powerful Quotes on Fasting

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Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself. St Augustine Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you. Didache When a man begins to fast, he straightway yearns in his mind to enter into converse with God. St Isaac the Syrian Fasting is the Continue Reading

The New Ecumenism of Blood

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This week, Our Lord and His Church gained 21 new martyrs. These martyrs were Coptic Orthodox Christians, members of the ancient church of Egypt. There is nothing unusual in that. Not only is Christianity the most persecuted religion in the world, but the Church of Egypt has a long history of persecution. In the 3rd Century, Tertullian wrote, If the martyrs of the whole world were put on one arm of the balance and the martyrs of Egypt on the other, the balance would tilt in favor of the Continue Reading

How Divine Mercy Renews the Sacred Heart Devotion

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Sometimes, people try to pit the devotion to the Sacred Heart against the Divine Mercy devotion. It's almost like they think they're in competition or some such rot. The Divine Mercy devotion isn't a replacement of Sacred Heart, it's an enrichment -- or rather, it's a return. The devotion to Divine Mercy enriches the ancient devotion to the merciful Heart of Jesus by focusing on the very heart of that devotion. Contrary to what many think, the devotion of the Sacred Heart didn't spring up Continue Reading

links & the like {Candlemas 2015}

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Why Islam is More Violent than Christianity: An Atheist's Guide -- Robert Tracinski @ The Federalist 3 Reasons I Hate Lent -- Grace @ Even the Wilderness Can the Virgin Mary "Save" Us? -- Fr. Andrew Daminck @ Roads from Emmaus It's Time for the Pro-Life Movement to Scare the GOP Straight -- Emmanuel-Pascal Gobry @ The Week Pornography: It's Not Just a Guy Thing -- Jessica Claire @ Restless Press 41 Perfect Comebacks to Jokes About Your Big Family -- ChurchPOP Richard Dawkins Continue Reading

News Edition: 3 Exciting Bits of News!

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ONE I've re-done the website a bit! Nothing huge, I've just cleaned it up, changed some fonts, and gotten rid of a lot of stuff I don't need. It's cleaner, brighter and more integrated. If you're reading this elsewhere, come have a look! TWO I've also been nominated for six Southern Cross Digital Media Awards! These awards are hosted by Restless Press and are a great way of encouraging Catholic culture in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. But golly, SIX! The nominations are Continue Reading

10 Most Australian Catholic Moments in History

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Last year, I brought you the 17 Most Irish Catholic Things in the Universe. That's all well and good but what about my country? What about my beautiful Australia? Fear not, my budgie-smuggling friends, here are the 10 most Aussie Catholic moments in history. 1. When We Had Convict Priests The first Catholic priests to arrive in Australia were convicts. They were convicted of complicity in the 1798 Irish Rebellion and sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay. One, Fr. Dixon, was permitted Continue Reading

Catholic Professor Offers to Receive 100 Lashes for Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi

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Robert P. George is a Catholic scholar, a Princeton professor, an expert on jurisprudence and a leading advocate for religious liberty. And he's just offered to receive 100 lashes from the Saudi government. George is more famous for his natural law theory and for defending marriage as a union between man and woman. But he is also the vice chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. With six others, he has called on Saudi Arabia to stop "the horrific torture of Raif Continue Reading

What I Learnt at Immaculata Mission School 2015

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What happens when you spend the first nine days of the new year on a Catholic retreat? SO MUCH GOODNESS, that's what. Sorry, let me back up a little. I've just gotten back from nine wonderful days at the Immaculata Mission School, an annual retreat for young Catholics down in Melbourne, Australia. It's run by the Sisters of the Immaculata, a new religious order who are all about loving Jesus with the Heart of Mary. Through Eucharistic Adoration, Marian devotion and an openness to the Holy Continue Reading