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The Saints Who Levitated: Extraordinary and Concrete Miracles

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

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What Can St. James Teach Us About Redemptive Suffering?

James locates redemptive losing, this revolutionary element of the truth, right at the beginning of his letter. “Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various ordeals, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And make steadfastness have its full impact, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in […]

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St. Francis Xavier: Fearless Missionary for Christ

Today, December 3rd, is the feast day, and has been now for three hundred and fifty six years, of St. Francis Xavier. The sheer quantity of industrial enterprises he engaged for the desire of Christ flounder the ingenuity and captivates the admiration of men. The season has come for a Jesuit commercial. He was a […]

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The Carmelites of Compiègne: Martyrs in the Age of Enlightenment

After her election as Carmelite prioress in 1786, thirty-four-year-old Mother Teresa of St. Augustine learned of a inexplicable paper in the monastery’s archive, dated from the previous century. It recorded the strange occult dream of a partially paralyzed young woman who had lived at the Compiegne monastery for years as a compensate guest. In 1694, […]

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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 discord towards the natural, material world-wide. “In medieval Christian doctrine, ” find academic and columnist Joel Kotkin in his new book The Coming of Neo-Feudalism, “the world we grasp with our abilities is transitory, while the spiritual world is more real …. The emphasis […]

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St. Robert Bellarmine, Patron Saint of Catechists

The reading at Mass from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy lists the perfections required of a bishop. Among these we find that he should be “temperate, self-controlled, respectable, genial, able to teach.” These attributes, most outstandingly the last, accurately mark the saint whom the Church celebrates today. St. Robert Bellarmine was a […]