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The Insights of an Exorcist Priest; A Priest Takes His Parish East, Ad Orientem; and More Links!

The Insights of an Exorcist Priest - Fr. John Bollan, Ph.B., S.T.B., S.T.L., Ph.D., of the Scottish Catholic Observer+++ A Priest Takes His Parish East, Ad Orientem! - Fr. Z’s B

The Nights of Advent and the Loving Mother of the Redeemer

During the Advent season, the Alma Redemptoris Mater is the Marian antiphon for Night Prayer (Compline). While he was still an Anglican, Blessed John Henry Newman translated the antiphon in his Tract 75 of the Tracts of the Times, analyzing the...

Pro Sports as Substitute Religion

Man was made to worship. It's in his DNA, so to speak, to reach out toward and even to surrender to a Higher Power. The object of his worship will either be the one true God, or any of the myriad of false substitutes like pornography or alcohol...

7 Ways to Make the Most of Advent

I never have enough time in the weeks leading up to Christmas to feel I’ve properly prepared for the non-sacramental but celebratory traditions of the holy day. However, there are some simple things one can do to celebrate all 22 days of this...

Why Would a Saudi Prince Pay $450M for a Painting of Christ, Consecrated Virginity, and More Links!

Why Would a Saudi Prince Pay $450m for a Painting of Christ? - Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith Ph.D., Catholic Herald+++

Seeing the Savior: $450 Million, or Just Priceless?

You may remember the badly-written fact-free potboiler The Da Vinci Code. (If not, I’m told there are many copies available in used bookstores.) Well, when the novel was published it sold millions. Recently, a painting, believed to be by Leonardo...

Young Adults Ask Christ, “What Would You Have Me Do With My Life?”

One Sunday each month, 60 young Catholic professionals pass the popular shops, restaurants and galleries of New York’s Little Italy, and enter an old cathedral where they spend the afternoon immersed in a very different culture of prayer and...

‘The Angel of the Lord Declared Unto Mary’

I was completely unfamiliar with the Angelus until I met my husband. We had never prayed it in my childhood home, and even though I went to a Catholic grade school, it was not prayed there, either. I knew it existed, but the first time I actually...

“All Have Sinned” vs. a Sinless, Immaculate Mary?

Romans 3:23 (RSV) “since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The word for “all” here, in Greek (pas) can indeed have different meanings: as it does in English. It matters not if it means literally “every single one” in some...

Fr. Z on the Vocation Crisis in the United States, How to Help the Homeless, and More Great Links!

Fr. Z on “The Continuing Vocation Crisis in the United States” – Fr. Z’s Blog+++ 3 Creative & Impressive Ways People are Helping the Homeless – E