Angelo Stagnaro

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St. Pantaleon: Patron Saint of Trousers and Lotteries

I love the saints! I love everything about them. Especially the weird, implausible, miraculous and sometimes revolting stories. Do you know why St. Lucy is the Patron of Eyesight and Ophthalmologists? Because pagans tortured for being a...

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Saints Be Praised!

“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desires and his disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end....

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Only Something Infinite Will Suffice

“For money you can have everything, it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure;...

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Memento Mori: It’s to Die For

One is holy not because of the great things one has accomplished, but rather, one accomplishes great things because one is holy. And one is holy only because of God's grace. If this is true, then it makes sense that these people are recognized...

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St. Columba and the Loch Ness Monster

“The big blank spaces in the map are all being filled in, and there’s no room for romance anywhere.” —Arthur Conan Doyle On August 22, AD 565, 1,451 years ago, St. Columba had a story for the ages. For upon this fateful day, he made short shrift...

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Memento Mori: The Birth of Death

Enjoy yourself as much as you like—if only you keep from sin. —St. Don John Bosco Surely you know that when you surrender yourselves as slaves to obey someone, you are in fact the slaves of the master you obey―either of sin, which results in...

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Memento Mori — The Gift of Death

“Someone who is always thinking about happiness is a fool. A wise person thinks about death.” (Ecclesiastes 7:4) In his magnificent Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon, St. Francis of Assisi, describes humanity’s “siblings” in creation as...

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Memento Mori — Remember You Will Die

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. "No one knows, however, when that day or hour will come―neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son; only the Father knows. Be on watch, be alert, for you do not know when the...

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You Have to See This Store to Believe it

This one, you’re not going to believe. I was planning a visa run to re-enter Burma to continue my work there as a lay missionary and I had heard tell of a wondrous Catholic religious arts store run by the Redemptorists in Saigon, Vietnam―merely...

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The 2.9E49 Ton Gorilla in the Living Room

Cur aliquid potius extiterit quam nihil. “Why is there anything at all rather than nothing whatsoever?” —Gottfried Leibniz, devout Christian and inventor of calculus   The universe and all that it contains weighs approximately...