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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: A Eucharistic Life & the Practice of Penance

Editor’s note: Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati’s feast is on July 4th. The following article is adapted from the upcoming book, Finding Frassati: And Following His Path to Holiness. It is available to pre-order from your neighbourhood Catholic bookstore or online through Sophia Institute Press. Pier Giorgio’s Eucharistic Life Jesus Christ has promised to those who […]

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The Saints Who Levitated: Extraordinary and Concrete Miracles

Carl Sagan once said, “Extraordinary claims involve astonishing evidence.” Levitation is an extraordinary claim, to be sure. It is also a claim that is very concrete: it is something anyone can observe readily if it follows. But unlike incorruption, its effects are not lasting, so we have to rely on eyewitness accounts. As with all […]

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Ten Ways We Can Imitate Our Lady

From the cross, Jesus applied the person He adored most on earth, His Blessed Mother Mary, to Saint John. He also established her to us as our Mother most holy! In his Marian Spiritual Masterpiece, True Devotion to Mary, Saint Louis de Montfort foregrounds ten of the most important perfections of the Blessed Virgin Mary. […]

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Paper Boats Filled With Violets: A Story of Mother Cabrini

Somewhere in northern Italy, a fragile little girl squats by the side of a canal. She is dropping little boats made of paper in the hurriedly spurting liquid, and huddled in each barge there is a violet. The daughter imagines each violet is a missionary, and each barge is hastening off towards India or China. […]

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Medieval Catholics Saw Nature as a Stepping Stone to God

The medieval era, we are told, was defined by suspicion and opposition towards the natural, material nature. “In medieval Christian doctrine, ” celebrates academic and author Joel Kotkin in his new book The Coming of Neo-Feudalism, “the world we grasp with our smells is ephemeral, while the spiritual world is more real …. The emphasis […]

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The Love Story of St. Teresa of Avila

In college, I was part of a unit of students that strategy the re-dedication of our dormitory chapel to a saint that would be a good fit for a dorm filled with undergraduate girls. I was rooting for St. Therese of Lisieux and was initially disillusioned when St. Teresa of Avila was chosen. But, in […]

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St. Robert Bellarmine, Patron Saint of Catechists

The reading at Mass from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy enumerates the righteousness requirements for a bishop. Among these we find that he should be “temperate, self-controlled, reasonable, genial, able to teach.” These characters, most outstandingly the last, accurately distinguish the saint whom the Church celebrates today. St. Robert Bellarmine was a […]