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Father Higgins: The Charlestown Convent Burning

In last my last article, I made reference to the burning of the Ursuline Convent School in Charlestown, Massachusetts, by an anti-Catholic mob on August 11th, 1834, one the worst acts of anti-Catholic violence in our nation’s history. Since the history of this event is little-known I would like to recount it here in more […]

Father Higgins: The USCCB Meeting, Anti-Catholic Trigger?

At the conclusion of their June (virtual) meeting this month the Catholic bishops of the United States voted for a draft of a document to be made regarding the reception of the Holy Eucharist vis à vis those Catholic public figures who oppose Catholic moral teaching particularly on abortion. This draft-document would then be further […]

Gilbert: the Return of the Father

After falling out of fashion for a few decades, fatherhood is returning to the Western World, and not for any newfound appreciation by the world. If the world had its way, fatherhood would be relegated to museums, stashed within a few dusty cases along the far wall of the “World Religions” wing. Fatherhood, like all […]

Caffrey: Retreat, Then Go Forward!

Cross posted from FaithPilgrims.com In mid-February I attended a retreat at Discovery House, an oasis of spiritual healing nestled at the intersection of Wharton State Forest and the blueberry farms that, long ago, helped earn New Jersey its “Garden State” nickname. The group of faithful Catholic men, in whom I humbly claim membership, is known as […]

Gilbert: basis of trust

Overarching the debate about the vaccines and the ethical problems of how they were produced, America faces a more fundamental question: what is the greater good that we are striving for here? It must be said that America is a post-Christian society (Fulton Sheen remarked as much decades ago), and the good that comes about […]

Caffrey: The Nuns of Compiegne

(Cross-posted from FaithPilgrims.com) “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring […]

Gilbert: the strange comfort of Isaiah

By the rivers of Babylonthere we sat weepingwhen we remembered Zion.On the poplars in its midstwe hung up our harpsFor there our captors asked usfor the words of a song;Our tormentors, for joy:“Sing for us a song of Zion!”But how could we sing a song of the LORDin a foreign land? Psalm 137:1-4 Is this […]

Caffrey: Heroic Virtue Part 2, City of God

(Cross-posted from faithpilgrims.com) On August 24 in the year of our Lord 410, a cataclysmic event occurred that many thought could never happen: the sack of Rome! To try and put this historic happening into perspective, think of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 with the imagined “sack” of New York City and Washington, D.C.–combined–and you will have an […]

Gilbert: really hopeful things

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about hope–just the simple idea of it. Of course, we need hope more than ever today, but more importantly, we need real hope, which is to say: we need hope in real things. A year ago, it would have been a more difficult point to make–the idea of hoping […]

McKinnon: diagnosis of a heart

Racism is an ugly symptom. It’s a component and a distinct quality that comprises a much larger problem that’s growing all around us today: Evil. As a lawyer we are trained to get to the heart of the issue as quickly as possible for our clients. And when possible, to resolve “the whole” of their […]

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