Father Hardon on St. Joseph: the Secret of True Love

By John B. Manos / March 19, 2014 /

On this solemn feast of St. Joseph, it is good to have a reminder of just who the saint really is. What follows is a short snippet from a lecture by Fr. John Hardon: Saint Joseph deserves our admiration for his other virtues, but, he is to be especially imitated in his love for Jesus and…

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Who is this Savior Born of Mary?

By John B. Manos / December 26, 2013 /

Christmas is wrought with contradictions and hope. I love it. I always have to wonder just Who people think Jesus is and what His Incarnation means for us today, though. Besought with an authoritarian government, the encroachment of Marxist demoralization, and myriads of distractions foisted on us by the mass media, it is difficult sometimes…

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Pope Francis’s 44th Anniversary

By John B. Manos / December 13, 2013 /

Pope Francis was ordained on 13 December 1969. Even though there is a lot of talk about today being the third Friday the 13th this year (2013), it marks his 44th anniversary as a priest, and his ninth month as Pope – recall he became Pope on 13 March 2013. Ad multos annos!

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Pope Francis: no disposable people

By John B. Manos / November 26, 2013 /

Thank God! I love this quote as it is nearly verbatim what I’ve said for years now! Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “disposable” culture which is now spreading. He’s right! He continues: It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something…

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Pope Continues to Teach against Authoritarianism

By John B. Manos / November 18, 2013 /

Thanks be to God for Pope Francis! I continue to enjoy his homilies and he often has articulations of concepts that have irked me for a while. He said in his homily today ( God save us from the “hegemonic uniformity ” of the “one line of thought” Amen. For too long I’ve been irritated about the…

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Until the Choir Sings “Amen” – One Easy Secret to a Happy Death

By John B. Manos / November 16, 2013 /

“Life is a play in which for a short time one man represents a judge, another a general, and so on; after the play no further account is made of the dignity which each one had.” –St. John Chrysostom It’s that time of year when we ought to have been focused on the eleventh and…

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Pope Wrestles Mania, Disappoints Some

By John B. Manos / September 23, 2013 /

With my post about the Pope Francis interview the other day, in the aftermath of that interview, we see people picking up their toys to go home and saying things like “the pope doesn’t support this so I give up.” Or, see for example this article from Rorate Coeli blog (FAIR WARNING: the melodrama and…

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Francis, the object of Modern Tribalism

By John B. Manos / September 20, 2013 /

…Francis someone content to have a God, rather than be one. And He understands that God is a community, and union with God is to be in community with persons….

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The Controversial Sign of Redemption: the heart of our logo.

By John B. Manos / September 13, 2013 /

Saint Thomas Aquinas would complete all of his works while meditating upon a Crucifix. It is said that after he finished writing the words to the song, Pange Lingua, the Corpus on his cross came to life and said, “Well done, Thomas”. At the end of his life, while Saint Thomas was meditating again on…

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On the 96th anniversary of the Fatima Secret: a new take on the vision of the Angel

By John B. Manos / May 13, 2013 /

Today is the 96th anniversary of the vision to the three children at Fatima. Coincidently, it is also the 48th year for the Bellarmine Forum. Thus, Fatima is twice as old as the Bellarmine forum this year. On top of that, it is the 90th anniversary of St. Robert Bellarmine’s beatification on May 13, 1923! …

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