Benedict meets an admirer, Susanna Maiolo

At the end of the general audience today, Pope Benedict met privately, for a brief time, with Susanna Maiolo and 2 members of her family. You’ll recall the unpleasant incident of Ms Maiolo taking down the pope and a cardinal. Ms. Maiolo expressed her regret for what happened at the celebration of the night Mass for Christmas at St Peter’s Basilica, and for his part, the Holy Father gave her his forgiveness and expressed good wishes.

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Saint Hilary of Poitiers

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Saint Hilary worked tirelessly to defend the faith from wrong-thinking Christians, typically called heretics. What follows is Hilary’s teaching on God the Father.

It is the Father from whom everything that exists has been
formed. He is in Christ and through Christ the source of all things. Moreover,
His being is in Himself and He does not derive what He is

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What a difference a Motu Proprio makes

… sing to the tune of “What a difference a day makes

 

What a difference a Motu Proprio makes 
Twenty-four little hours 
Brought the sun and the flowers 
Where there used to be rain 

My yesterday was blue, dear 
Today I’m part of you, dear 
My lonely nights are through, dear 
Since you said you were mine 

 

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Our Lady of Banneux: The Blessed Virgin of the Poor

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Mary, the Mother of God, introduced herself as “I am the Blessed Virgin of the Poor” to an 11 year old girl in 1933. I am not all that familiar with this devotion to Our Lady of Banneux, but it is very appealing to me because of the gentleness of the vision and connection with the poor and the sick.

Read an account of this Marian apparition.

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Saint Meinrad receives grant for youth program


Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St.
Meinrad, IN, has been awarded an $895,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. of
Indianapolis. The grant will be used as supplemental support for the “One
Bread, One Cup
” youth liturgical leadership program.


The funds will underwrite
a portion of the operating expenses of the program for five years. During that
time, Saint Meinrad will continue to

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Understanding Atheism

Dominican Father Brian Davies is delivering the St Thomas Day Lecture entitled, “The New Atheism: Its Virtues and Its Vices,” on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Church of St Vincent Ferrer (Lexington & 66th Street, NYC).

Father Davies is a Dominican of the English Province but of Welsh heritage and a professor of philosophy at Fordham University

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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