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  • Tips from Spiritual Masters

    The spiritual life is a life of combat, and just as in regular military combat there are tips on how to outmaneuver the enemy (in fact, there are entire courses taught, books written, and college-level majors on such military strategies), in a similar vein, there are recorded spiritual tips from priests and saints, experts in spiritual combat,¬†spiritual masters, to assist…

  • The Church Militant in Action

    “Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy…

  • August 14: St. Maximilian Kolbe

    Today the Church remembers the martyred Polish Franciscan priest of Auschwitz, St. Maximilian Kolbe. Fr. Kolbe loved the Blessed Virgin Mary, and spent his entire life in her service as her knight. Militaristic from childhood, he developed a spiritual military of knights of both sexes, of all backgrounds and occupations, who give themselves in service to the Immaculata, Mary. This…

  • St. Bernadette and the Immaculate Conception

    On this day in 1879, the saint-visionary of Lourdes, St. Bernadette Soubirous, died after a life of just thirty-five years. Though she had been the recipient of church confirmed visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she lived a simple post-apparition life of service in the order of the Sisters of Charity in Nevers, France. Her days in the religious order…