Kevin Di Camillo

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These Saints Bore the Stigmata, the Marks of Jesus

In his TV series and accompanying book, Civilisation, Sir Kenneth Clark refers to “the rarest of experiences: spiritual ecstasy.” While spiritual ecstasy is indeed very rare — along with bilocation and levitation — it’s also difficult to...

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St. Peter Chrysologus, the Doctor of Short Homilies

I think many Catholics secretly wish for it—especially during the summer: a pastor who always gives a short homily. In the history of the Church there haven’t been a lot of Saints, let alone Doctors of the Church, who were famed for brief...

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St. Ephrem the Deacon, and other Saintly Deacons

St. Ephrem the Deacon is the only Eastern deacon who is a Doctor of the Church, and was known even during his own lifetime as “The Harp of The Holy Ghost” — mainly for his ability to set theological teachings to music, and especially for his...

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Father McGivney’s Niagara Days and the American Sublime

With the recent announcement of Knights of Columbus founder Michael J. McGivney’s upcoming beatification — making him only the second American-born diocesan priest to be beatified (Blessed Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is the...

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Where Jesus Walked: Franciscans Guard the Grace of the Holy Places

1. How did the Franciscans become the custodians of the Holy Land? Father Peter Vasko: It was through the intervention of Bishop Guido of Assisi in late 1209 that St. Francis had the opportunity to speak with Pope Innocent III about establishing...

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Our Lady of Lebanon, Pray For Us

Growing up in Niagara Falls, New York, my parish church was named Our Lady of Lebanon. This never struck me as a strange or out of the ordinary name. One of my best friends was 100% Lebanese (as was his large extended family), and in one of those...

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In the Spirit of Saint Joseph’s Day, Free Bread for All

For the first time that I can remember in my 50 years, my best friend’s family will not be hosting a Saint Joseph’s Table at their home (due, of course, to the coronavirus outbreak, which has now landed squarely here in Niagara County,...

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The Tradition of the Saint Joseph’s Day Table

Saint Joseph’s Day, March 19 is, in Italy, also Father’s Day—which isn’t at all surprising as St. Joseph was, of course, the foster father of Jesus. This feast and festival—which always falls in the midst of Lent—is especially commemorated and...

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How St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal Changed the World

What is “spiritual direction”? Unlike the Sacrament of Penance, the study of systematic theology, or the corporal works of mercy, spiritual direction is a much less easily defined concept. Perhaps an easier way to define it is by showing...

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The Pope Wears White—So Do These Orders

We are all familiar with the white vestments of the pope. And many of us know that the color, if not the design, goes back to at least the Dominican pope, Pope Benedict XI, who simply kept wearing the white habit of the Order of Preachers —...