About Michael De Sapio

A native of Alexandria, Virginia and a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Michael is a writer and musician (professional violinist and amateur chorister). Passionately interested in Truth and Beauty in equal measure, he writes for Fanfare Magazine, Conservative Book Club and other outlets.

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Cardinal Ravasi

Acedia: A Spiritual Malaise

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the President of the Pontifical Institute for Culture, is one of the Church’s most erudite evangelists.  His many books, lectures and television appearances on the topics of faith and culture, delivered with a gentle ingratiating manner, have made him Italy’s equivalent to Archbishop Fulton Sheen.  In a lecture he gave a few years ago […]


Cardinal Burke and the Masculine Genius

Cardinal Raymond Burke, the popular and much admired American prelate, gave an interview recently about what he views as a crisis facing men in the Church.  Burke locates the origins of the crisis in 1960s radical feminism, the influence of which induced the Church to downplay masculinity and the unique role and vocation of men.  As a […]


The Third Man: St. Raymond of Penafort

When you think about early luminaries of the Dominican order (the great intellectual and preaching order founded by St. Dominic in 1216), the giant names of St. Albert the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas leap to mind.  But a third figure, St. Raymond of Penafort (c.1175-1275), whose feast day we observe this month, is also well worth […]

Pope Francis Holds A Mass For Grandparents And The Elderly

The Beauty of Old Age

Submitted for your consideration: a lengthy essay by bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel that appeared in The Atlantic last month. The title: “Why I Hope to Die at 75”; the subtitle: “An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly.” Writing as a physician and a family man, […]

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Mary of Bethany’s Genius

The Papist has abounded lately in articles about the beauty of “useless” things and the importance of leisure.  These are great and timely topics, and I’d be remiss not to put in my own two cents. When I open my Bible in search of fodder for meditation I am often drawn to the episodes involving that […]

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