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  • Candlemas 2024

    “Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.”–Saint Francis de Sales Today, on the feast of Candlemas, I am re-posting a poem in which the English Catholic writer Gilbert Keith Chesterton (b. 1874- d. 1936) professed his love of, and need for, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The poem is…

  • Merry Christmas!

    “I don’t know what to do! I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!”  ~ Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by…

  • The Miraculous Medal

    “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” -words inscribed on the front side of the Miraculous Medal as requested by Our Lady Today is the commemoration of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. On this day, we remember the 1830 apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Catherine Laboure in Paris, France. In…

  • The Soul at the Moment of Death

    November is upon us, and the brisk air, darkening skies, and falling leaves remind us of what the Church has dedicated this beloved month to: death. In the Catholic Church, death is not shoved off into a false closet of make-believe where we live an eternal youth romping about in adolescent clothing. In fact, the Church has always spoken of…

  • Fr. Lasance in October

    The month of the Holy Rosary, October, has arrived with its cooler temperatures, and evolving leaf scapes. It is a delightful time of the year, though one can be troubled without much effort by taking a glance at the international, or local news. It should be noted, however, that such news sources do not contain the Catholic view of the…