Catherin Labouré and the Miraculous Medal
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by John Paul Meenan, Editor
1d ago
November 27th is the anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Catherine Labouré, a Visitation Sister, during her evening meditation. Our Lady was so real, reported Sister Catherine, that she could feel the folds on her dress, and whose beauty she could not describe. The Mother of God tasked  Catherine with a task, to spread devotion to her intercessory power: God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in ..read more
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A Masked Messiah?
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by Catholic Insight
1d ago
The Kingston Choral Society is putting on the Messiah on this First Sunday of Advent, something we would normally be happy to support, and I even had a passing thought of making the long-ish trek to attend, for it has been a while since I have seen Handel’s marvelous oratorio live. Then this caveat on their webpage: Safety continues to be a priority. As regional Covid protocols are updated, KCS concert policies will also adapt.  As of November 16th, our Covid protocols have changed due to current advice from public health officials. The choir, musical staff and, wherever possible, t ..read more
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First Sunday of Advent: The Fulfilment of Revelation
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by Father Marco Testa
2d ago
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Lk. 21: 36). The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year, a new year of grace.  In the cycle of the sacred liturgy, this is Year A, during which the Sunday Gospel readings will be taken from the Gospel of St. Matthew. This is the first book of the New Testament, and as such it presents Jesus Christ Our Lord as the long awaited Messiah whom the Prophets foretold and who came not to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. This notion of fulfillment pervades the whole of this Gospel. O ..read more
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Mount Everest
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by Catholic Insight
2d ago
It isn’t the most difficult mountain to climb, but in many ways the most impressive. The top of the world, the highest spot one can stand on the earth’s surface, so high that the blue sky is tinged to violet, one is so much closer to outer space. Breathtaking footage, for those of us who likely won’t make it there. Technology does have its use: May the glory of the LORD endure for ever, may the LORD rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! (Ps. 104) The post Mount Everest appeared first on Catholic Insight ..read more
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The Folly of FTX
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by Catholic Insight
2d ago
The ironically-named Sam Bankman-Fried has certainly taken it to the bank, freed from the bonds of justice that should have him locked up. His cryptocurrency company – FTX – has allegedly bamboozled investors out of billions, and Mr. Sam has walked away with a good chunk of that. This seems a replay, on an even larger scale, of the Ponzi’s scheme in the 1920’s and Bernie Madoff’s in the early 2000’s, and all sorts of scams in-between. How witting this current one was will hopefully be revealed as the company itself is mined. The playbook is predictable: Investors invest large amounts, in what ..read more
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Catherine’s Pure Philosophy
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by John Paul Meenan, Editor
3d ago
In one of those ironies of God’s history – choosing what seems weak to confound the apparently strong – the patron saint of philosophers is a teenage virgin martyr from the fourth century. Catherine of Alexandria (+305) dedicated herself to study ‘from a young age’, as her disputed biography (written centuries after her death) relates. In a contest arranged by the emperor Maxentius, young Catherine bested the best pagan philosophers of her time. When Maxentius perceived she could not be beaten by logic and argument, he attempted to win her over in his own clumsy way by the art, if you will, of ..read more
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Corrupting Constitutions, Controlled Commuting and Changing Climates
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by Catholic Insight
4d ago
In discussing the theme of Church-State relations in class, I offer students examples of constitutions of various countries, those founding documents that shape the laws and mores of the nation. As the refrain against (apparently) unjust laws has it, ‘it’s unconstitutional!’. Many constitutions still bear the trace of the country’s original religion, evoking its principles as the basis of law – even if many nations have strayed from their roots. Few such constitutions are more explicitly religious, and Catholic, than that of Irish, who were not ashamed of the Faith of their fathers. That is, u ..read more
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Andrew-Dung Lac, Vietnam, and Washed in the Blood of the Lamb
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by John Paul Meenan, Editor
5d ago
On this memorial of the Martyrs of Vietnam, we commemorate today a whole panoply of white-robed witnesses, Christians, bishops, priests, Franciscans, Dominicans, lay men, women and children, who were put to death in the most horrific of ways in the series of persecutions in that troubled country in the 17th to 19th centuries. There were thousands – some say up to 300,000 – who offered their lives for the Faith, 117 of whom have been officially canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988. Amongst them were the priests Andrew-Dung Lac and Théophane Vénard , the latter inspiring the vocation of a ..read more
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A Triptych of Saints: Clement, Columba and Pro
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by John Paul Meenan, Editor
5d ago
November 23rd marks one of those tri-partite saint days, Clement, Columba and Pro, which sounds like a sign outside a law office – not far off the mark, as these three intercessors and examples from three different eras were focused like lasers on the law of their God. Their joyful fidelity in the midst of their struggles contra mundum should lift our spirits in this last week of the liturgical year, just after Christ the King, and as we look forward to Advent. We must keep our eyes on eternity in these tumultuous times. Saint Clement of Rome (+99 A.D.) was either the first, second or third Po ..read more
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Misreading Eden
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by Lorraine Labriola
5d ago
Woodstock by Joni Mitchell Well, I came upon a child of God He was walking along the road And I asked him, “Tell me, where are you going?” And this he told me Said, “I’m going down to Yasgur’s Farm Gonna join in a rock ‘n’ roll band Got to get back to the land Set my soul free” We are stardust, we are golden We are billion-year-old carbon And we’ve got to get ourselves Back to the garden Well, then can I walk beside you? I have come to lose the smog And I feel myself a cog In somethin’ turning And maybe it’s the time of year Yes, and maybe it’s the time of man And I don’t know who I am But lif ..read more
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