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Saint Raymond of Peñafort: The Sailing Cloak

The Saints’ Attributes:St. Raymond of Peñafort was born near Barcelona in 1175.  He was an accomplished professor of canon law and held the canon law chair at the University of Bologna for three years.  His treatise on ecclesiastical legislation is still conserved in the Vatican library.  The saint joined the Dominican Order, influenced by the preaching of Blessed Reginald, prior of the Dominicans of Bologna.  He received the habit of this order in 1222. At Barcelona, with Saint Peter Nolasco … Read More

Why the Church uses Incense at Mass

“And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer; and he was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar before the throne; and the smoke of the incense rose with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God.” (Rev 8:3-4) Smells and Bells:Most Catholics are familiar with the expression “smells and bells” which is invoked to describe the use of incense and … Read More

The Saint’s Attributes – St Frances of Rome

St. Frances of Rome: The Archangel and the Flaming Heart One of the most celebrated mystics of the fifteenth century, Saint Frances of Rome, was born in the Eternal City in 1384, to a noble family.  She had from a young age desired to enter religious life, but her father had other plans, and she was married as a young woman to Lorenzo de’ Ponziani, a nobleman and soldier.  Saint Frances distinguished herself by her charity towards the poor and … Read More

Maynooth Conference 1st February 2020

The Catholic Family Crusade:The Lumen Fidei Institute is starting off the new year with a conference on The Catholic Family which focuses on the duties and responsibilities of Catholic parents. The conference is scheduled for The Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth on the feast of St Brigid, 1st February 2020, starting at 9.00am. Admission is free, but we recommend that you book a place to help us with our planning. We are hoping to do things a little differently for this conference. … Read More

The Sino-Vatican Agreement—One Year Later

Underground bishops are being forced to join the Patriotic church, whose leaders are openly saying that their first loyalty is not to God but to the Party-State. No one who follows the persecution of Catholics around the world can have missed what is currently happening in China. Despite the signing of the Sino-Vatican Agreement in September 2018, the persecution of Catholics in that country seems not only to be continuing, but to be intensifying, especially for those who refuse to … Read More

Islam and Abbé Guy Pagès – the Path Ahead

How many Muslims have you converted? In answer to my question “How many Muslims have you converted?”  Abbé Guy Pagès replies, “Only God knows.” The reality, according to one reliable source, is that he has converted some two hundred or more so far.  Abbé Guy Pagès is a priest of the diocese of Paris, having lived and evangelised in the Islamic Republic of Djibouti. An expert on Christian-Muslim affairs he has written several books.  His most recent one is called … Read More

The Supernatural Outlook and NFP

One of the things I have noticed as I live my life and observe what is going on in the world is that so many Catholics seem to have lost or do not give enough emphasis to, the supernatural life. We are created to live eternally with our Father in Heaven. This supernatural outlook should influence how we live our lives and how we view this sad world we live in with all its troubles and complications. I was reminded … Read More

Cardinal Burke’s Sermon for Last Sunday after Pentecost – Limerick November 2019

SERMON In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. In today’s Epistle, Saint Paul writes to the early Christians at Colossae, thanking God for the good fruits of his apostolic ministry in their midst. Nearing the end of his earthly life, Saint Paul was taking account of his ministry, in accord with its just measure: eternal life. In fact, a few verses later, in the same first chapter of the Epistle to … Read More

Te Deum Laudamus: Thank God!

On 31st December, the Church gives to all the faithful the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence. Just as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered for four ends (adoration, thanksgiving, atonement and petition), one of the aspects of either public or private prayer is thanksgiving. On the last day of the year, the Church encourages her children to give thanks to Almighty God, according to the words of St Paul: “Give thanks upon all occasions; this is what … Read More

How to survive the Age of Endarkenment without Eating your Dog

The Pope, abandoning even the slightest pretence at the political impartiality that his office demands, has come dangerously, culpably close to comparing President Trump with King Herod, who was responsible for the Massacre of the Innocents. The Jesuit house journal La Civiltà Cattolica describes itself as “reflecting the mind of the Vatican since 1850”. Last week, in that august if somewhat self-satisfied journal, Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ reported the Pope as uttering the following words at a meeting with the … Read More

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