Angelo Stagnaro

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St. Thaïs, the Prostitute Who Became a Nun

It’s said that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the most depicted person in art in human history. Other holy personages are similarly the subject of more modern genres of art including novels, theater and film. I think it’s wonderful that a Catholic...

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My New Gender Identity is “Emperor” — My Pronoun is “Your Majesty”

It's taken a great deal for me to come to this point in my life. I had to come to a mutual understanding in my professional and personal relationships with my editors even to consider writing this article. My parents were probably hardest hit by...

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The Joys of the 7-Decade Seraphic Rosary

Most Catholics are surprised to learn that their beloved rosary isn’t the only one on the block. Despite the mutual respect and admiration Franciscans and Dominicans have for each other, the rosary used by 90 percent of Catholics―and 99 percent...

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Abortion Isn’t Ordained by God No Matter What the Left Says

In a previous article, I outlined the reasons why the Catholic Church is, indeed, the One, True, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. However, if there was even the slightest of doubts in anyone’s mind as to this obvious truth, they should stop...

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On This Day, 794 Years Ago, St. Francis Received the Stigmata

In a previous article, I mentioned that my third favorite Christian holiday after Easter and Christmas was the Feast of the Transverberation of St. Teresa of Ávila (Aug. 26). I’m greatly devoted to her, as is anyone who has read her...

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43 Signs That You Need More Humility, According to St. Francis and St. Josemaría

Christians familiar with St. Francis of Assisi’s Fioretti, or “Little Flowers” will know of the mesmerizing and humbling story of Francis’ conversation with Brother Leo, his secretary, as they walked from Perugia to Our Lady of the Angels Church...

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Here Be Dragons, and Catholics are Trying to Keep It That Way

This one falls under the category of, “Surely, You Must Be Joking!” Well, I’m not joking and you should stop calling me “Shirley.” For those fortunate individuals who’ve seen a live Komodo dragon, one is easily given to imagining where the myth...

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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,...