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POPE SAINT EVARISTUS

Like the man/God he followed, Evaristus was a Jew, born in Bethlehem. His father, Juda, was of Greek origin, but lived in Bethlehem, only a few miles from the temple in Jerusalem, the goal of all good Jews. Evidently, Juda moved his family from the town, probably just before the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Little is known about Evari...

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CLETUS, THE THIRD POPE?

There are many transcription and memory mistakes made when a group of people are writing to one another in the middle of a war. The “war” was the intermittent persecution of Christians from Nero to Domitian to Marcus Aurelius and onward until the early 300s. The transcriptions were the chronological order of Roman bishops, who are now seen as po...

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AUGUST 3, MEMORIAL OF ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD

Named Apostle of the Eucharist by Pope John Paul II, Peter Julian Eymard was born to poverty in France in1811. His mother was a devout woman and took him to adoration often enough that he would go to church on his own by the time he was four. When his mother died, he decided that he wanted to become a priest. But his father prevented him for a t...

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Genuflecting to the True Presence

Why do we genuflect on entering a Catholic church? Because the Lord is present in the tabernacle. And we know that because the Lord is present in the Eucharist and the extra consecrated hosts are in a ciborium, locked in the tabernacle. But how do we know that? Blessed Jacinta of Fatima, who was denied Holy Communion in this life, used to cal...

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POPES WHO APPEARED IN THE BIBLE

Of the two hundred and sixty-six popes in the Catholic history, three have been mentioned in the Bible: Peter, Linus and Clement. Peter, we all know, was there at the beginning. He was one of the inner three, along with James and John. He appears in all four Gospels and is prominent in the Acts of the Apostles. He wrote two epistles of his ow...

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THE POPE WHO WAS A BUSINESSMAN

St. Peter was born in Bethsaida, on the northern tip of the Sea of Galilee, an area now in Syria. At the time, it was run by Herod Philip, son of Herod the Great. On the far side of the Jordan River was Galilee, run by Herod Antipas. Peter was born Simon, his father was Jonah and his brother was Andrew. “Andrew” is a Greek name, with no variant ...

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DEATH AND MOURNING

Today we buried my stepdad. He did not die a few days ago. Actually, he died two days before Thanksgiving, six months ago. But, in the cold north where we live, the Catholic cemetery will not dig graves between November 15 and April 15. The reason is, there could be snow squalls during that time, or else the ground could be just too frozen to di...

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DRESS FOR MASS

This is the month of May, the month of Mary. It is a time when we could reflect on how much we are emulating our Holy Mother. Since children take after their parents, we should take after our Mother in her virtues of patience, modesty and faith. Modesty is not only a set of rules on what not to wear. It is also a virtuous method of presenti...

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ORIGIN OF LANTERNARIUS PRESS III

The 1906 edition of The Catholic Encyclopedia had numerous articles, short stories and books contained within its bindings. Looking at the book written by the Countess de Flavigny, I noted that several chapters were added throughout the book by two other writers, Fr. Parry and Fr. Anderdon. These two men had very different writing styles from th...

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ORIGIN OF LANTERNARIUS PRESS II

Maria, Countess de Flavigny had written a book for children. She wrote it as if she was speaking to little children, which, of course, she was. The children were probably her grandchildren, or grandchildren of friends. The book was not published during her lifetime, and, indeed, was published by her grandson when he came of age. The advice b...

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