Kevin Di Camillo

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Celebrating Your Child’s Name Day — and Your Own

On Jan. 21, we will take my daughter out to dinner and buy her a cake and a small gift. But it’s not her birthday — it’s her “name day,” and we celebrate it as we would a feast. I don’t know how or why we started this tradition—I’m sure my...

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The Strange Tale of the Chess Grandmaster Who Became a Priest

When I first saw the 2015 film Pawn Sacrifice, which depicts the most famous chess event of the 20th century, the World Championship in 1972 vs. the USSR’s Grandmaster Boris Spassky, I thought it was another case of Hollywood taking liberties....

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Why Saint Basil the Great Was the Greatest

The few saints surnamed “The Great” make up possibly the penultimate group of smallest saints-within-saints (the smallest being the number of the four Evangelists, and excepting the Holy Family). And of this rarefied collection—which includes St....

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The Saint of Christmas Day

Of all the many saints who have had their feast days moved, reassigned, or dropped altogether from the Universal Calendar after the Second Vatican Council, perhaps no saint fell farther than St. Anastasia. True, everyone still associates Feb. 14...

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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,...