Angelo Stagnaro

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St. Lawrence Laughed in the Face of Death

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Q: Do you know the three things God doesn’t know? A: (1) What a Jesuit is doing, (2) what a Dominican is thinking and (3) how many Catholic religious communities there are for women in the world. You probably...

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14 Errors Revolving Around Galileo, and How to Clear Them Up

Few lies so excite secular souls as the Galileo Incident. But the historical reality of the situation is so completely different than the popular version of the story as to make one think we were discussing two different Galileos. Instead of...

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How to Develop a Daily Prayer Routine

Catholics are required to pray according to their station in life. A Cistercian monk can’t be out washing lepers all day. But a Catholic fireman can pause three times a day to pray the Angelus. A Catholic policeman can ask St. Michael the...

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What You Need to Know About St. Benedict and His Medal

Most people, Catholics included, don't realize how indebted the Church, Europe and the world are to St. Benedict of Nursia. The very presence of his monks in their monasteries became a stabilizing, civilizing factor no matter where they planted...

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20 Ways We Know That There’s No Such Thing as Karma

There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and...

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The End of the World Didn’t Happen Yesterday, Sources Confirm

“The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but will follow their own desires and will collect for themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear. They will turn away from listening to...

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I’d Like You to Meet My Good Friend, St. Anthony of Padua

“Exult, happy Portugal, rejoice, happy Padua; for you have given birth for earth and heaven to a shining star, a man who has illuminated and still dazzles with a radiant light the whole earth, not only by holiness of life and fame of miracles, but...

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What the Catholic Church Teaches About Astrology

“All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to ‘unveil’ the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the...

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Mater Dolorosa, Ora Pro Nobis

At Yom Kippur, Jews will greet each other not with “Happy Yom Kippur,” as this would be inappropriate at such a somber and solemn feast. Observant Jews are asked to fast and pray intently just as Christians do at Lent. Instead, they say tzom kal,...

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The Lord of the Flies and the Lord of All

Rutger Bregman’s excellent article The Real Lord of the Flies: What Happened When Six Boys Were Shipwrecked for 15 Months was published in London’s The Guardian a few days ago. The article explored the real-life case of a group of schoolboys who...