Angelo Stagnaro

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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,...

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It’s About (Space) Time Google Did Something Like This!

I don’t ask for everyone in the world to love Catholics and the Catholic Church. That would be a great Christmas present, I’d admit, but hardly something I’m going to write Santa about. Christ warned us that people would hate us (John 15:18-25)...

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Here We Meet Christ in His Distressing Disguise

Twenty years ago, the life of Spanish missionary Father Ignatius Mary Donoro changed when he saw children dying of malnutrition in the mountains of Panchimalco, El Salvador. In Bogota, Colombia, he also saw many minors wandering through the...

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St. Simeon Salus, the Holy Fool

Everywhere we look, troubles assail us. Ireland has accepted abortion. Canada allows “trouples” in an unmarried polyamorous relationship to adopt children as if they were no more than a fashion accessory. Men assume they are women and vice versa....

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Lux Fiat! Let There Be Light!

I recall a lively debate at one of the interminable Manhattan cocktail parties in which I find myself from time to time. A person I had never met before insisted to me that not only was he a Buddhist, but also he was “enlightened.” This is...