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10 Glimpses of Hope, History and Heroes inside Notre Dame

As the Cathedrale Notre-Dame erupted in flames on Holy Monday, 400 firefighters fought to protect her, risking their lives to save all they could. The hoses were not strong enough, the ladders too short. Fighting valiantly for hours, fire...

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I Worshipped the Goddess of Reason — Until I Met the God of Mercy in Notre Dame

I am watching Notre Dame Cathedral burn on television from my living room in Toronto. I want to look away but I cannot. I have watched the spire collapse. I now see the glow from inside the church. It is bright orange. Now I realize it is Holy...

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Our Lady’s Compassion in Passiontide

On the liturgical calendars of the 1962 Roman Missal and of the Anglican Ordinariate, the Friday of Passion Week includes a Mass especially devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Crucifixion, a week before Good Friday. Passiontide begins the...

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Glorious Exposure: Of Moses’ Horns, St. Jerome, and the Last Judgment

“All those who love must be known sooner or later as they are, without pretense, their souls stripped bare.”  ~ Caryll Houselander   “See up there, above the main altar? It’s the Gospel authors – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.” I was speaking...

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Why Priests Should Teach in Schools

I remember looking in a yearbook from my alma mater high school from its inaugural graduating class of 1965. I was shocked at the fact that almost all of the teaching faculty were priests and religious sisters. It wasn’t until I was a senior in...

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Fear and Indecision Will Kill the Local Church — Boldness Will Save It

“There are lives literally hanging in the balance. Our effectiveness should be of the utmost importance.” Those words came from a recent interview with Abby Johnson, a prominent pro-life advocate and subject of the movie Unplanned, and though...

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G.K. Chesterton and the Renewal of Catholic Education

“The one thing that is never taught by any chance in the atmosphere of public schools,” wrote G. K. Chesterton, “is … that there is a whole truth of things, and that in knowing it and speaking it we are happy.” Like Blessed John Henry Newman...

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This Lent, Try Becoming More of a Friend of Jesus

In the adoration chapel I frequent, there’s a book about the “Bishop of the Abandoned Tabernacle.” One of the most moving passages is when the not-yet-saint considers fleeing his assignment after finding the church in disarray. As he turned away...

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What a Parking Ticket Taught Me About Our Lord’s Passion

Good Friday is approaching, and one of the aspects of the Passion that continually grabs my attention is the fact that Jesus was falsely accused. He was made a victim of the political machine and individual ambition. Never before has a more...

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Eternity in the Midst of Time

In Eternity in the Midst of Time, Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen, a discalced Carmelite, explains how Christ gave every Christian the power to change the past. “Back to the Future” was one of my first exposures to sci-fi. Probably, everyone who...