Nota in Brevis

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A couple of postings for your perusal: On the quality of mercy, in the light of the great Shakespeare. And the young, politically active Alissa Golob's take on her visit to President Trump's inauguration and the March for Women.  We may not agree on all things, but different perspectives help at times. And, speaking of different perspectives, I personally enjoyed Father Rutler's take on, one might say gentle excoriation of, the naysayers against Donald Trump.  Politics, like much of life, ... (Continue reading)

Off on the Right Foot

The Trump presidency has started off on a most heartening note, with the new commander-in-chief signing back into effect the ‘Mexico City’ policy, removing all American funding of overseas abortions. This policy, first put into effect by Ronald Reagan, was rescinded by, yes, Bill Clinton, then put back by George  W. Bush, then rescinded again by Barack Obama, now...Well, the whole sorry business has been Trumped, and the day after the 44th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade ... (Continue reading)

Trump’s Mandate

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Donald Trump was sworn in just before mid-day this morning, as the 45th President of the United States, launched into his new career with a prayer from Timothy Cardinal Dolan and other spiritual figures; as one article put it, the most prayer said at any inauguration, a good sign, and Trump is going to need all he can get. The America left after eight years of Obama is, to put it mildly, a fractious one, divided along many lines, with ... (Continue reading)

Here are a few articles of note, that I would recommend: Father Raymond on Amoris.   An excellent reflection on the current and likely future status of the controversial 'Chapter 8' of Amoris Laetitia. Hilary Mantel's on the Reformation.  Patricia Snow in First Things offers a very insightful analysis of Mantel's revisionist historical novel on the early Reformation, turning Thomas More into a priggish, hypocritical heretic-hater, while Thomas Cromwell is portrayed as the loving, loyal father figure ... (Continue reading)

Pray for the victims in Kyrgyzstan, where a cargo plane crashed into a village in the middle of the night, killing 33, including women and children, as they slept in their homes.  One truly knows not the day nor the hour, and, as Our Lord prophesied, we may be taken even from our very beds.   That’s one of the reasons an examination of conscience and act of contrition before sleep is a very good idea. (Continue reading)

The Indomitable Hilary of Poitiers

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Today is the feast of Saint Hilary of Poitiers (310-367), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who was such a brilliant foe of the fourth century heresy that denied the divinity of Christ he is known as the Malleus Arianorum, the Hammer of the Arians. The main part of his life follows upon the Council of Nicaea in 325 which condemned the Arian heresy by declaring Christ to be homo-ousois (consubstantial), of the 'same being' as the Father. The heresy ... (Continue reading)

Marguerite Bourgeoys and What Canada May Yet Be

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Today is the feast of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700), founder of the Congregation of Notre-Dame, and founder also of the first official schools in Canada.  A missionary from France, she faced difficulties in her first years in Quebec City before going to Ville-Marie (now Montreal), where she started in the first elementary school, free of charge, in an abandoned stone stable. This was in an era when every female religious was cloistered, and there were attempts to unite her new ... (Continue reading)

Saint John Neumann and Bishops

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Today is the feast of Saint John Neumann, born in Bulgaria, but who  travelled to the United States in 1836 to seek ordination since there were ‘too many priests’ in his native country (remember those days?).  Having already completed his seminary studies, he was ordained in New York city, and, after some difficult years as a diocesan priest, joined the Redemptorists for a more complete community life. His zeal, holiness and indefatigable work amongst the streams of immigrants (Bishop Neumann ... (Continue reading)

A very joyous and blessed Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, declared truly Theotokos at the Council of Ephesus in 431. She bore the Person of Christ, Who dwells after His Incarnation in two natures, divine (eternal) and human (from the flesh of the Virgin). So rejoice that we all have a Mother, the type and exemplar of all mothers. And, of course, we wish all our readers a very happy New Year, ... (Continue reading)

A very joyous, merry and grace-filled Christmas to all the faithful readers of Catholic Insight! Awake, awake, fling off the night! For God has sent His glorious light! And we who live in Christ's new day, Must deeds of darkness put away.  (Continue reading)

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