Angelo Stagnaro

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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...

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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...