Angelo Stagnaro

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13 Ways to Help Bring God into the World

“I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church's energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes (to the nations).” —Pope John Paul II The task of being Catholic and Christian is sometimes a daunting one. We're...

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Facebook Censors Image of Santa Kneeling Before Our Lord

“We’re back to the hypocrisy sweepstakes, where gestures of virtue are as formalized as kabuki. Humor has been assassinated. An off-word at work or school will get you booted to the gallows. This is the graveyard of liberalism, whose once noble...

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The Difference Between Rhetoric and Logic

“If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.” —Blaise Pascal   The Old Gray Mare ain’t what she used to be. It doesn’t take a great deal for the New York Times to infuriate me. Usually any casual...

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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...