Kevin Di Camillo

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Canada Welcomes Visitors With a Bell Tower and the Book of Genesis

Bell towers—both secular and church-bound—figure so prominently in so many movies that it seems almost too obvious to mention any of them. However, who can forget the opening sound of Big Ben in Sir Carol Reed’s film noir version of Graham...

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What Was ‘The Golden Legend’ and Why is it Relevant Today?

I have written elsewhere of the second-bestselling book of all time, Thomas à Kempis’s Imitation of Christ. (Second, of course, only to the Bible.). But what was the most influential book among medieval and Renaissance Catholics? Here I think it...

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William Cowper and the Unforgiveable Sin He Probably Didn’t Commit

Alas, poor William Cowper. An accomplished poet who lived in the wake of the great “Augustan Age” writers—so-called because Britain saw itself, in the 18th century, as in the midst of their own version of Caesar Augustus’s time—such as John...

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This Summer, Read Something Totally Different

Summer is finally here, and that means waves of new (and in the main) forgettable books posed for “beach reading”, which I think is another way of saying turning off your brain and feeding your mind junk food. However, that need not be the case!...

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The Saints of the Old Catholic City of Salzburg

I’ve always thought of Austria as a sort of kinder, gentler version of Germany. And within this remnant of what was once an empire that stretched from its border with northern Italy to what used to be Poland — the home of the Habsburg monarchy,...

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The Wisdom of Humility is Endless

What do all major world religions have in common? One answer came from the late Joyce Foster, a Benedictine oblate who spent the last years of her very long life writing a book on the virtue of humility, and how humility is the one—and perhaps...

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9 of My Liturgical Crotchets—and Yours

The wonderful writer and arbiter of all things grammatical, James J. Kilpatrick had a section of his book Fine Print entitled: “My Crotchets and Your Crotchets” where he acted as judge, jury and executioner on all aspects of the writer’s art....

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13 Reminders About Netflix’s ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’

Regarding Netflix’s new series Thirteen Reasons Why: To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, “Only a man with a heart of stone could watch it without laughing.”        The irony of the popularity of Netflix’s miniseries—which, if we prove to be extremely...

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9 Family Lessons I Learned While Living in an Abbey

I lived—briefly—as a Norbertine Affiliate at Saint Joseph Priory, part of Saint Norbert Canonry, in the Jubilee Year 2000. And though God was not calling me to the priesthood or religious life, during that short time I learned some life lessons...

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The Muslim Mechanic and the Catholic Baker

On September 15, 2014 my mechanic, Jamal Hapatsha, had a massive heart attack right inside of his gas station here in Haledon, New Jersey. Since he had recently been robbed, Jamal had high-resolution cameras installed to deter theft — and...