Kevin Di Camillo

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This Lent, Spend More Time on YouTube

A few months ago my father called me up. For a man who is all but a Luddite and eschews a cell phone, a computer, a tablet, and still uses the leather-bound edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica to verify what he’s read in his morning newspaper,...

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If You Can’t Sleep, Pray the Gradual Psalms

Insomnia. Truly no fun at all: the mind runs while the body lies paralyzed worrying about the bills, the kids, the new catalytic converter for the car, and the sad state of human affairs—the whole lot of human misery. And the “cures” for insomnia...

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Overcome Fear and Make Confession Part of Your Life

Every Lent for the past ten years my bishop, Most Rev. Arthur Serratelli, has mandated that all churches and chapels in the Diocese of Paterson have the Sacrament of Penance available every Monday night from 7:00-8:30 p.m. This is in addition to...

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St. John Bosco, St. Mary Mazzarello and the Salesians

St. John Paul II, speaking of Don Bosco, said “St. John Bosco was one of those who, in the history of the Church, best understood Christ’s words on the kingdom of Heaven as exemplified by means of a child. He was one of the most understanding of...

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The New 7 Wonders of the World List is Missing a Few Wonders

What are the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? There was a time when every schoolboy or girl could name them (citing Richard Halliburton’s Complete Book of Marvels): Halicarnassus, the Colossus at Rhodes, the Pharos (the Lighthouse at...

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What to Do When You Haven’t Abstained From Meat on a Friday

I’ve written in these pages before that Catholics are still supposed to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year (cf. Canons 1249-1251)—or at least “devote themselves in a special way to prayer, perform works of piety and charity, and deny...

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5 Great Saints With Very Cool Names

Years ago, a co-worker and I were both experiencing difficulties in fathering children due to the effects of cancer-treatments. Jokingly he said to me that if, by some miracle, we were finally able to beget children with our respective wives, “we...

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10 Classic Catholic Books Written by Women

Last week we looked at ten Catholic Classic books (by men) here. Even though I ended that post with the caveat that all these books were, in fact, by men, I received not a few emails asking “Where are all the WOMEN authors?” Without further...

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10 Classic Catholic Books That Would Make Good Christmas Gifts

Last week on FlipBoard — which is a really neat app in which you can “customize” articles you’d like to read and then, literally, “flip” through them, there was an article called “10 Books All Christians Must Read (In Addition to the Bible)”. It...

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December 7, 1941: “They Didn’t Know It Was Pop’s Birthday”

At the end of the classic movie “The Godfather II”, the final scene takes place in the family Corleone’s dining room. It’s December 7, 1941 and the family is awaiting Don Vito Corleone’s return; it’s his birthday and they’re going to surprise him...