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The True Face of St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas has had quite a career: from bishop of a small diocese in Asia Minor to everlasting fame on Hallmark greeting cards and Coca Cola advertisements the world over.  To help us bridge the gap from St. Nicholas to the modern secular Santa, we have the excellent website of the St. Nicholas Center, whose motto is […]

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St. Francis, the Birds and the Beasts

Filled with awe, he asked [the birds] if they would stay awhile and listen to the Word of God. He said to them: “My brother and sister birds, you should praise your Creator and always love him…It is God who made you noble among all creatures, making your home in thin, pure air. Without sowing […]

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In The Arms Of The Angels

In my previous post on exorcisms, I talked about demons and the ongoing spiritual warfare they wage on us humans.  As a follow up to that post I’d like to elaborate a bit more on the nature of angels and their relationship with mankind.  Nowadays, there seem to be a lot of confusion and misconceptions […]

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Sacred Realism: William Holman Hunt’s “Finding of the Saviour in the Temple”

Note: This article is part of a continuing series on Catholicism and art. William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) was an English artist who created realistic, richly detailed and symbolic renderings of sacred scenes.  He was a founding member of the group of artists known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which advocated returning to the observation of nature and looking back to the […]

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St. Camillus: Catholic Pioneer in Health Care

On July 18 we celebrate the feast of a saint whose life is significant not only to the history of religion but to the history of medical practice as well — prompting him to be called the “Red Cross saint.” St. Camillus de Lellis (born in Abruzzi, Italy in 1550) started out as a feisty and quarrelsome youth, much addicted to gambling.  Standing […]

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