Angelo Stagnaro

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Vincible Ignorance and Invincible Ignorance

Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don't know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) As the prophet Jonah came to realize, there are many persons who “don't know their right hand from their left.” (Jonah 4:11) I recall a bizarre situation...

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God Gave Bock to Man to Help Man Give Back to God

Caffeine, in the guise of chocolate, is my drug of choice. Chocolate and I have a complicated relationship. I gave up chocolate for Lent once. Once. My parish council asked me to never do that again. Sensibilities can be mended, but thrown...

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Playing God on the Silver Screen

Every Christian mom and dad prays for the day that their daughter gets to play Mary or their son plays Joseph in the school's Nativity play. Playing a shepherd or a Wise Man simply doesn't carry the same cachet or parental bragging rights. But,...

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Here's a Sturdy Rosary for Catholic Men

I've always admired sturdy rosaries.  Like every Catholic, I need one that doesn't tangle while being transported in my pocket. I'd like one with a little heft to it to make me consciously slow down as I pray with them. Though some may enjoy...

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The First Woman to Earn a Doctorate in Computer Science Was a Nun

Stories like this warm the faithful cockles of my Catholic heart. However, I can imagine it must burn the collective britches of fundamentalist atheists everywhere. And I can smell the smoke already. First, Bl. Raymond Llull created the...

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89 Practical Recommendations for the Spiritual Works of Mercy

The misery of others isn't restricted to only their physical needs, though this is essential and mustn't be overlooked (James 2:15-16). Some needs are invisible and can only be discerned though a prayerful attitude and an open heart. Thus, the...

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99 Practical Recommendations for the Corporal Works of Mercy

Mercy is the virtue which exerts an influence upon one's will to have compassion for others. It stands in marked contrast with the conventional wisdom of this world: Do unto others before they do unto you. The impetus motivating us to work...

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In Bl. Peter Kasui Kibe Beat the Heart of a Samurai for Christ

It usually doesn't take a great deal to become a saint in the Catholic Church. The Church is satisfied with merely heroic virtue, reverent prayer and a stalwart Christ-centered faith. An additional two miracles wouldn't hurt the...

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What Do We Know About St. Cornelius the Centurion?

I was at an exploratory meeting for the Sons of Italy at my parish a little bit ago and the topic of naming the chapter came up. The only provision given was that the chapter had to be named after an Italian or Italo-American.  The men and women...

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Why Don Bosco is the Patron Saint of Magicians

When most people, Catholics or not, find out that there actually is a Catholic saint whose sphere of influence includes stage and close-up magic, they generally question the fact. After all, Biblical references to "magic" are, without exception,...