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Tag: history

Book Review: Rizal Through a Glass Darkly by Fr. Javier de Pedro

June 12, AD 2018 0 Comments
Book Review: Rizal Through a Glass Darkly by Fr. Javier de Pedro

Conversion and reversion stories never fail to fascinate. Stories of how and why a person freely decides to embrace the Catholic Faith, or return to the Catholic Faith of his or her childhood after having freely rejected it, are intriguing. Such stories edify Catholics in their Faith, giving them more reasons to love it. For […]

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Saving Goldicott Convent — on heritage sites

May 27, AD 2018 0 Comments
Saving Goldicott Convent — on heritage sites

Last night I noticed that a Protestant friend of mine had liked a page entitled “Toowong’s Heritage — worth fighting for.” Curious, I clicked through to find that 2,500 people had petitioned to preserve a heritage-listed convent intact. It was dear to many locals as a boarding house for the local Catholic school, and included […]

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Movie Review: Paul, Apostle of Christ

March 28, AD 2018 0 Comments
Movie Review: Paul, Apostle of Christ

I was excited when I learned that the life of Saint Paul was going to be made into a movie. Among the saints, Saint Paul is one who has a movie-worthy life:  his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus, a daring escape plan that involved being lowered down the window in a basket, preaching […]

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St. Gregory of Nazianzus on the Cult of Numbers

February 9, AD 2018 2 Comments
St. Gregory of Nazianzus on the Cult of Numbers

About Gregory St. Gregory of Nazianzus (c. 326/330 – 390), nicknamed since antiquity as ‘The Theologian’, was a fourth-century bishop, born in the rural setting of modern-day central Turkey. He is venerated as a Father of the Church, and is one of the Cappadocian Fathers, along with Ss. Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa. Gregory […]

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Villa Maria Chapel Upgrade Creates Controversy

February 7, AD 2018 0 Comments
Villa Maria Chapel Upgrade Creates Controversy

By guest writer David Ryan. New South Wales based aged-care organization Catholic Healthcare has become embroiled in controversy over renovation plans for the Villa Maria Hostel in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, especially its chapel. The controversy hinges on proposed modifications to the chapel within the hostel complex to turn part of it into a café and […]

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Marian Battle Plan for World Peace: Consecration and Salvation

May 3, AD 2017 5 Comments
Marian Battle Plan for World Peace: Consecration and Salvation

Last year, I finished Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC’s book, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told. I am sure some of you know about his book 33 Days to Morning Glory sold by the Marian Fathers. The Marian book talks about Marian consecration according to St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Pope St. John Paul […]

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Masterpieces are Made by Many

March 13, AD 2017 0 Comments
Masterpieces are Made by Many

He who has himself for a guide has a fool for a disciple. I had a lapsed Catholic friend who expressed skepticism about our devotion to saints, because she had read that it originated in the worship of pagan gods. Well, if you walk into the Pantheon in Rome today, you will see that it […]

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Laughing at Death

January 19, AD 2017 1 Comment
Laughing at Death

Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation. —Kurt D. Bruner, Kurt Bruner, Jim Ware, Finding God in the Lord of the Rings Yet I loathe the thought of annihilating myself quite as much now as I ever did. I think with sadness of all the books I’ve read, all the […]

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Hallowmas Day

November 1, AD 2016 0 Comments
Hallowmas Day

Supermarkets in Australia have been full of Hallowe’en décor since early September. One could join in the laments about how Christmas decorations appear unseasonably early in October, hot cross buns are available in the middle of Lent, plus Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the great Apostles to the Slavs, keep being so impolitely overlooked in the […]

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Feminism did not Kill Chivalry

May 11, AD 2015 1 Comment
Feminism did not Kill Chivalry

Before I begin, let me preface this by saying that it is an extremely rough sketch of a very complex topic. If there are any real historians out there reading this (for a laugh, no doubt) I welcome your criticism and correction. One of the more popular tropes you hear around the internet is the […]

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On Church Closings and The Loss of Beauty

July 3, AD 2014 6 Comments
On Church Closings and The Loss of Beauty

At a friend’s recent wedding, I sat in the pews of an old Gothic Church marveling that the art in every corner of the building so singularly brought the soul to contemplate the beauty of heaven. The rich harmonies of choir and organ, the solemn splendor of the Mass, and the inherent wonder of the […]

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The Little Ones, the Hidden Ones, the Saints

June 30, AD 2014 3 Comments
The Little Ones, the Hidden Ones, the Saints

Somber. Quiet. Reflective. These are some of the feelings that marked last weekend’s centennial commemoration of the start of World War I. Although the historical causes are complex, this much is true: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, one hundred years ago on June 28th, 1914. From this […]

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