Angelo Stagnaro

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Assumptions About the Assumption of Mary

Many people don’t realize the importance of the dogma of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven. This wasn’t merely a fanciful whim on the part of Pope Pius XII when he promulgated it in 1950. Rather, like all of our articles of belief, it has believed...

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St. Lawrence Laughed in the Face of Death

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Q: Do you know the three things God doesn’t know? A: (1) What a Jesuit is doing, (2) what a Dominican is thinking and (3) how many Catholic religious communities there are for women in the world. You probably...

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The Story of the Murderer Who Became a Monk

“In deep sorrow and contrition, I cast myself at Thy feet: Have mercy on me.” —St. Ignatius of Loyola In the twelfth century, St. Bernard of Clairvaux once rescued a murderer being led to execution. When asked as to the wisdom of his decision,...

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It’s About (Space) Time Google Did Something Like This!

I don’t ask for everyone in the world to love Catholics and the Catholic Church. That would be a great Christmas present, I’d admit, but hardly something I’m going to write Santa about. Christ warned us that people would hate us (John 15:18-25)...

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Here We Meet Christ in His Distressing Disguise

Twenty years ago, the life of Spanish missionary Father Ignatius Mary Donoro changed when he saw children dying of malnutrition in the mountains of Panchimalco, El Salvador. In Bogota, Colombia, he also saw many minors wandering through the...

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St. Simeon Salus, the Holy Fool

Everywhere we look, troubles assail us. Ireland has accepted abortion. Canada allows “trouples” in an unmarried polyamorous relationship to adopt children as if they were no more than a fashion accessory. Men assume they are women and vice versa....

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Lux Fiat! Let There Be Light!

I recall a lively debate at one of the interminable Manhattan cocktail parties in which I find myself from time to time. A person I had never met before insisted to me that not only was he a Buddhist, but also he was “enlightened.” This is...

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The Making of a San Damiano Cross

Knowing I would soon return to Burma to volunteer once again as a lay missionary, I wanted to donate something substantial to the parish at which I would be assigned. The parish had recently undergone an upheaval after a priest absconded with...

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Arma Christi: A True Devotional Cross

One part of the Church’s genius is its extraordinary ability and eagerness to teach the truths of our Faith. We see this most strikingly in the magnificent art that adorns our churches and other sacred spots. The iconoclasm of earlier centuries...

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Ever Wake Up in the Middle of the Night for No Good Reason?

Do you ever wake up at 3 a.m. for unknown reasons? Plenty of people do. Sometimes one wakes with a start and is filled with apprehension or an inexplicable heightened state of awareness. It’s a common enough occurrence that becomes even more...