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May 4
peerintothepast:

A young Marine finds a moment of quiet and solitude in which to offer up a prayer for the safety of himself and his comrades. Minutes later, the 1st Marine Division launched an offensive against entrenched communist troops. ca 1951.

peerintothepast:

A young Marine finds a moment of quiet and solitude in which to offer up a prayer for the safety of himself and his comrades. Minutes later, the 1st Marine Division launched an offensive against entrenched communist troops. ca 1951.

horsefeathersandhedgepigs:

modernmonarchist:

carlboygenius:

Correcting a Common Current Misconception: Guy Fawkes: NOT about Anarchy

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He was a well-meaning Roman Catholic who didn’t pay enough attention in Catechism class. (Blowing up people? Bad. Don’t do. Mortal sin.)

That Mask With The Beautifully Shaped Eyebrows!

The taking on of the ‘Guy Fawkes mask’ as the symbol for anarchy, and hence the symbol for the hacker group Anonymous, is funny. On the surface, I understand the connection. Guy Fawkes was a man who tried to blow up the English Parliament. Alright, that sounds pretty darn anti-government-yeah-freedom-wooh! But as soon as you move an inch deeper – oh, would the world move but an inch deeper – it gets ridiculous.

See, Fawkes did try to blow up the English Parliament in the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605. But he made this attempt for the purpose of reestablishing a Roman Catholic monarchy in England. He wasn’t an anarchist, he was a Catholic who didn’t pay attention in his moral principles class.

Thus, when I see Anonymous doing their thing, my immediate reaction is “wow, what radical, slightly frightening commitment to the Roman Pontiff, to his infallibility as sucessor of the Apostle Peter, and what complete confidence in the ability of the Roman Catholic Church to guide the politics of the world!” Then I correct myself.”

—Bad Catholic: 5 Things No-one Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should; 5 Things People Think Make Them Hardcore (And why they actually make them Christian)

Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With

theraccolta:

Apr 8

Wow, Catholics Got Talent! #suorcristina

awestrucktv:

suorcristina

Sr. Cristina Scuccia wowed the judges on the latest “Voice of Italy” reality show with her talent as she sings Alicia Keys’ “No One.”

This is the New Evangelization!

“I came here because I have a gift and I want to share that gift. I am here to evangelize.” said Sr. Cristina who is currently trending on Twitter under #suorcristina

Wow, Catholics Got Talent! #suorcristina was originally published on Awestruck Home

by-grace-of-god:

Sharing the Rosary, and praying publicly before she steps onto the ice, are just some of the things that South Korea’s Yuna Kim does to witness to her Catholic faith. She won gold at Vancouver Olympics and will be skating in Sochi beginning February 19.
Read more at NCR

[Korean Olympics star endorses the rosary]
[Olympic figure skating star hailed as example for Catholics]
“Did you know that Korea is one of the few countries in the world where Christianity was not introduced by foreign missionaries? Watch this video to find out how the faith in Korea started from one single convert, and now has more Catholics than Ireland!” (via Xt3.com)
Also see: Saint inspires an Olympic champion (Tara Kristen Lipinski)

by-grace-of-god:

Sharing the Rosary, and praying publicly before she steps onto the ice, are just some of the things that South Korea’s Yuna Kim does to witness to her Catholic faith. She won gold at Vancouver Olympics and will be skating in Sochi beginning February 19.

Read more at NCR

[Korean Olympics star endorses the rosary]

[Olympic figure skating star hailed as example for Catholics]

Did you know that Korea is one of the few countries in the world where Christianity was not introduced by foreign missionaries? Watch this video to find out how the faith in Korea started from one single convert, and now has more Catholics than Ireland!” (via Xt3.com)

Also see: Saint inspires an Olympic champion (Tara Kristen Lipinski)

discipleofkreia:

teachingliteracy:

The Library at the Admont Benedictine Monastery, in Austria, dates from the late Baroque period; it is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

I want to live there

See more Catholic libraries here.

librorummeum:

Vatican Library by Andrew Levey on Flickr.

See more Catholic libraries here.

librorummeum:

Vatican Library by Andrew Levey on Flickr.

See more Catholic libraries here.

flstyny:

Our Lady’s 15 Promises for Praying the Rosary

1. Signal Graces are those special and unique Graces to help sanctify us in our state in life. See the remaining promises for an explanation for which these will consist. St. Louis de Montfort states emphatically that the best and fastest way to union with Our Lord is via Our Lady [True Devotion to Mary, chapter four]. 2.Our Lady is our Advocate and the channel of all God’s Grace to us. Our Lady is simply highlighting that She will watch especially over us who pray the Rosary. (see CHAPTER VIII THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD #52 ) [a great more detail is available on this topic in True Devotion to Mary, chapter four, by St. Louis de Montfort]

3. This promise, along with the next, is simply the reminder on how fervent prayer will help us all grow in holiness by avoiding sin, especially a prayer with the excellence of the Rosary. An increase in holiness necessarily requires a reduction in sin, vice, and doctrinal errors (heresies). If only the Modernists could be convinced to pray the Rosary! (see CHAPTER V THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS IN THE CHURCH #39) St. Louis de Montfort states “Since Mary alone crushed all heresies, as we are told by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)…” [True Devotion to Mary #167]

4. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means. This promise, along with the previous, is the positive part, that being to live in virtue. Becoming holy is not only avoiding sin, but also growing in virtue. (see CHAPTER V THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS IN THE CHURCH #39)

5. Since Our Lady is our Mother and Advocate, She always assists those who call on Her implicitly by praying the Rosary. The Church reminds us of this in the Memorare prayer, “… never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided …”

6. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal Life.This promise highlights the magnitude of Graces that the Rosary brings to whomever prays it. One will draw down God’s Mercy rather than His Justice and will have a final chance to repent (see promise #7). One will not be conquered by misfortune means that Our Lady will obtain for the person sufficient Graces to handle said misfortune (i.e. carry the Crosses allowed by God) without falling into despair. As Sacred Scripture tells us, “For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:30)

7. This promise highlights the benefits of obtaining the most possible Graces at the hour of death via the Sacraments of Confession, Eucharist, and Extreme Unction (Anointing of the Sick). Being properly disposed while receiving these Sacraments near death ensures one’s salvation (although perhaps with a detour through Purgatory) since a final repentance is possible.

8. Our Lady highlights the great quantity of Graces obtain through praying the Rosary, which assist us during life and at the moment of death. The merits of the Saints are the gift of God’s rewards to those persons who responded to His Grace that they obtained during life, and so Our Lady indicates that She will provide a share of that to us at death. With this promise and #7 above, Our Lady is providing the means for the person to have a very holy death.

9. Should one require Purgatorial cleansing after death, Our Lady will make a special effort to obtain our release from Purgatory through Her intercession as Advocate.

10. This promise is a logical consequence of promises #3 and #4 since anyone who truly lives a holier life on earth will obtain a higher place in Heaven. The closer one is to God while living on earth, the close that person is to Him also in Heaven. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “Spiritual progress tends toward ever more union with Christ.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2014)

11. This promise emphasizes Our Lady’s role as our Advocate and Mediatrix of all Graces. Of course, all requests are subject to God’s Most Perfect Will. God will always grant our request if it is beneficial for our soul, and Our Lady will only intercede for us when our request is good for our salvation. (see CHAPTER VIII THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD #52 )

12. If one promotes the praying of the Rosary, Our Lady emphasizes Her Maternal care for us by obtaining many Graces (i.e. spiritual necessities) and also material necessities (neither excess nor luxury), all subject to the Will of God of course.

13. Since Our Lady is our Advocate, She brings us additional assistance during our life and at our death from all the saints in Heaven (the Communion of Saints). See paragraphs 954 through 959 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

14. Since the Rosary is a most excellent prayer focused on Jesus and His Life and activities in salvation history, it brings us closer to Our Lord and Our Lady. Doctrinally, Our Lady is our Mother and Jesus is our Eldest Brother, besides being our God. (see CHAPTER VIII THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD #52 )

15. Predestination in this context means that, by the sign which is present to a person from the action of devoutly praying the Rosary, God has pre-ordained your salvation. Absolute certainty of salvation can only be truly known if God reveals it to a person because, although we are given sufficient Grace during life, our salvation depends upon our response to said Grace. (See Summa Theologica, Question 23 for a detailed theological explanation). Said another way, if God has guaranteed a person’s salvation but has not revealed it to Him, God would want that person to pray the Rosary because of all the benefits and Graces obtained. Therefore the person gets a hint by devotion to the Rosary. This is not to say that praying the Rosary guarantees salvation - by no means. In looking at promises #3 and #4 above, praying the Rosary helps one to live a holy life, which is itself a great sign that a soul is on the road to salvation. (See also paragraphs 381, 488, 600, 2782 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.) In fact, St. Louis de Montfort says even more strongly that “an infallible and unmistakable sign by which we can distinguish a heretic, a man of false doctrine, an enemy of God, from one of God’s true friends is that the hardened sinner and heretic show nothing but contempt and indifference to Our Lady…” [True Devotion to Mary, #30]

Oct 1
humansofnewyork:

"What was the saddest moment of your life?""When my mother died.""What was your mother’s best quality?""How do you say in English—she always flew straight. Sometimes it makes your life much easier to go a little to the left, or a little to the right. She was a Catholic in communist Poland and it was not good to be a Catholic during that time. Especially because she was a teacher. It was very difficult for her, to be a Catholic and raise three children. It would have been much easier for her to join the Communist Party. But she never did.”

humansofnewyork:

"What was the saddest moment of your life?"
"When my mother died."
"What was your mother’s best quality?"
"How do you say in English—she always flew straight. Sometimes it makes your life much easier to go a little to the left, or a little to the right. She was a Catholic in communist Poland and it was not good to be a Catholic during that time. Especially because she was a teacher. It was very difficult for her, to be a Catholic and raise three children. It would have been much easier for her to join the Communist Party. But she never did.”

Oct 1

St Thérèse Relic Makes Space Flight

NEW CANEY, Texas, NOV. 20, 2008 (Zenit.org).- St. Thérèse wrote that she wanted to be a missionary on every continent simultaneously and reach the most remote islands — now her dream has extended to space flight. (Read more)

[Astronaut to carry another relic of St. Therese to space in 2011]

Oct 1

Saint inspires an Olympic champion

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Figure skater Tara Lipinski always wears a gold medal.

Not the one she won at the 1998 Olympics, but a medal of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, which was given to her by the Rev. Vince Kolo, a Catholic priest from Pittsburgh.

Lipinski believes St. Thérèse has guided her life since 1994, when she first prayed to the saint known as the Little Flower.

"I know that, without her, I could never have done anything at the Olympics. Not that she made me win, but she gave me the faith to believe that there was someone who would keep me calm and help me through, no matter what happened," Lipinski said.

(Read more)

1) Christian charity (also see Who Invented Charity?)
The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul: the first professional nurses

2) Monsignor Georges Lemaître

3) Brother Andrew Gordon, OSB

4) Fra. Roger Bacon, OFM

5) Father Roberto Busa, SJ: Inventor of Hypertext

6) Abbot Gregor Mendel, OSA

Source: Catholic Memes

Also see: Catholic Lab Posters

Feb 5
smallvictories:

Washington, D.C. Field trips for the “flying nun” pre-flight class, including inspection tours of hangars at the Washington National Airport. Here, Sister Aquinas is explaining engine structure to her students (LOC) by The Library of Congress on Flickr.

Sister Mary Aquinas gained national fame as a pilot and teacher of aeronautics. The sister, whose family name was Kinskey, was born in Zanesville, Ohio. She entered the convent in 1911. Her teaching of aerodynamics to military personnel and a television play about her life brought her national attention.
Sister Aquinas became a licensed pilot in Manitowoc and taught aerodynamics and meteorology at a high school in Ironwood, Mich., in 1942. She later taught aviation and aeronautics at Catholic University in Washington.
In 1957, she was the subject of a television play, ”The Pilot.” The play was later the basis for a series, ”The Flying Nun,” starring Sally Field.Sister Aquinas was honoured in 1957 by the Air Force for outstanding achievements for world peace and national security. She died aged 91, on a Sunday in 1985 at Holy Family Convent, where she had retired in 1977 after a stroke.
—Sister Mary Aquinas Is Dead; Pilot Inspired TV ‘Flying Nun’
Sister Mary Aquinas Kinskey, OSF, earned a bachelor’s degree from Catholic University in 1926.  She became a teacher and her interest in aviation stemmed from the enthusiasm for the subject from her students.  In order to best teach her students, she wished to learn as much about the subject as possible.  In 1942, she earned a Master of Science in Physics cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.  Her dissertation was entitled “Electron Projection Study of the Deposition of Thorium on Tantalum.”  Wanting hands-on aviation experience, Sister Mary Aquinas learned to fly in 1943.
In 1957, “the Air Force Association gave her a citation for her ‘outstanding contributions’ to the nation’s security and world peace” [“No Glamor Girl”].  As part of the honor, Sister Mary Aquinas had the opportunity to fly in a T-33 jet trainer and take the control for much of the flight, making her the first nun to fly a jet.—Sister Mary Aquinas, OSF
Also see: A Flying Nun and a Female Bullfighter

smallvictories:

Washington, D.C. Field trips for the “flying nun” pre-flight class, including inspection tours of hangars at the Washington National Airport. Here, Sister Aquinas is explaining engine structure to her students (LOC) by The Library of Congress on Flickr.

Sister Mary Aquinas gained national fame as a pilot and teacher of aeronautics. The sister, whose family name was Kinskey, was born in Zanesville, Ohio. She entered the convent in 1911. Her teaching of aerodynamics to military personnel and a television play about her life brought her national attention.

Sister Aquinas became a licensed pilot in Manitowoc and taught aerodynamics and meteorology at a high school in Ironwood, Mich., in 1942. She later taught aviation and aeronautics at Catholic University in Washington.

In 1957, she was the subject of a television play, ”The Pilot.” The play was later the basis for a series, ”The Flying Nun,” starring Sally Field.

Sister Aquinas was honoured in 1957 by the Air Force for outstanding achievements for world peace and national security. She died aged 91, on a Sunday in 1985 at Holy Family Convent, where she had retired in 1977 after a stroke.

Sister Mary Aquinas Is Dead; Pilot Inspired TV ‘Flying Nun’


Sister Mary Aquinas Kinskey, OSF, earned a bachelor’s degree from Catholic University in 1926.  She became a teacher and her interest in aviation stemmed from the enthusiasm for the subject from her students.  In order to best teach her students, she wished to learn as much about the subject as possible.  In 1942, she earned a Master of Science in Physics cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.  Her dissertation was entitled “Electron Projection Study of the Deposition of Thorium on Tantalum.”  Wanting hands-on aviation experience, Sister Mary Aquinas learned to fly in 1943.

In 1957, “the Air Force Association gave her a citation for her ‘outstanding contributions’ to the nation’s security and world peace” [“No Glamor Girl”].  As part of the honor, Sister Mary Aquinas had the opportunity to fly in a T-33 jet trainer and take the control for much of the flight, making her the first nun to fly a jet.
Sister Mary Aquinas, OSF


Also see: A Flying Nun and a Female Bullfighter

fatherangel:

Blessed Martin Martinez Pascual, priest executed during the Spanish Civil War at the age of 25. When he was asked if he would like to face away from the rifles during his execution, he said no, all he wanted to do was bless those who killed him and pray that God would not hold his death against them. Then he shouted VIVA CRISTO REY!
Right before being shot, he smiled for the photographer, who took this last picture of him. In his eyes, one sees the courage and joy of a faithful priest.

fatherangel:

Blessed Martin Martinez Pascual, priest executed during the Spanish Civil War at the age of 25. When he was asked if he would like to face away from the rifles during his execution, he said no, all he wanted to do was bless those who killed him and pray that God would not hold his death against them. Then he shouted VIVA CRISTO REY!

Right before being shot, he smiled for the photographer, who took this last picture of him. In his eyes, one sees the courage and joy of a faithful priest.

The Art of the Book in the Middle Ages

thecatholicgirl:

Before the invention of mechanical printing, books were handmade objects, treasured as works of art and as symbols of enduring knowledge. Indeed, in the Middle Ages, the book becomes an attribute of God.

Cf. Libraries