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). He writes for Fanfare Magazine, Conservative Book Club and other outlets and has recently published a screenplay, "The Incredible Life of Joey Coletta." He may be reached at MichaelMartinD@gmail.com

Posts by Michael De Sapio:

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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Spiritual Lessons from the Victims of Communism

This summer I had the privilege and pleasure of interning with a most intriguing organization in Washington, DC: the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC for short).  VOC’s mission is to honor the more than 100 million victims of communist regimes (from the Soviet Union to China, Cuba and Vietnam) and educate future generations about […]

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Catholic vs. American?

It’s come to my attention lately that a certain segment of American Catholics seems to feel ambivalent about America. Fr. Dwight Longenecker, a popular writer and blogger, writes that “the American founding philosophy is fundamentally opposed to Catholicism” (read his comments in context here).  Now, I have never perceived a conflict between my faith and my nationality. Yet I […]

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A Patron Saint for the New Evangelization: St. Philip Neri

On May 26 the Church celebrates the feast day of a saint whose relative obscurity (in America, at least) is ridiculously out of proportion with his attractiveness and relevance.  It is high time that more people knew St. Philip Neri (1515-1595), the “Apostle of Rome.” The moniker seems paradoxical; why would Rome, the headquarters of the Catholic Church, need […]