Kevin Di Camillo

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This Feast of St. Andrew, Start a Christmas Tradition of Prayer

Every year since I joined the Confraternity of Saint Peter, I receive in the mail a beautiful prayer that, traditionally is said 15 times a day—every day—from the Feast of Saint Andrew until Christmas. This year I received two cards, so I thought...

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St. Gertrude the Great and the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Last year Patty Knap wrote a column about St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302) and her love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and for the Holy Souls of purgatory. St. Gertrude the Great is perhaps best known for her prayer for the souls in purgatory,...

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How to Pray the Ancient and Powerful Office of the Dead

At first glance, the above title (“the Office for the Dead”) sounds like some soul-crushing nine-to-five, suburban “office park” job where your very life is slowly sapped away from you. However, what we refer to in the Office for (or, if you...

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The Roman Martyrology Shows What It Means to Die Like a Christian

Admittedly the Roman Martyrology doesn’t hold the same pride of place on most Catholics’ home bookshelves as other hagiographical tomes. More popular (read: “shorter”) books such as the one-volume versions of Butler’s Lives of the Saints and The...

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Who Are All Those Saints in the Roman Canon?

There’s really no middle ground on this one: you either love the Roman Canon of the Mass (“Eucharistic Prayer I”), all “This-is-how-a-Mass-should-be,” or you can almost hear the audible groan of “Oh-no-now-this-Mass-is-going-to-last-forever” from...

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St. Robert Bellarmine Speaks Again

Among the 36 Doctors of the Church, St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) was unique for several reasons, all of which make up the singular admixture that was his person and position.  One of only two Jesuit Doctors (the other is St. Peter Canisius,...

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The Age of Abbot Desiderius?

One of the many pleasures of visiting an independent bookstore—and here I prefer the Canadian/British moniker “book SHOP” as it connotes something much more homey, intelligent and inexpensive than one of the big-box chain-stores, let alone the...

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Want to See a Beautiful Church? Visit Your Local Ghetto

In one episode of HBO’s series The Sopranos, mob boss Tony Soprano takes his teenage son Anthony Jr. (“AJ”) to what is apparently inner-city Newark, New Jersey to show him that when the Italians came to New Jersey, one of the first things they...

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4 Arguments for the Existence of God

I make absolutely no claims on originality here: during these parlous times when our nation’s Judeo-Christian roots are being not only challenged and questioned, but attacked and debased and erased, it’s always good to have a ready argument for...

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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...