Tag Archives: Catholic France

Feast of St. Francis de Sales

Reflections on St. Francis de Sales on the day of his Feast in the traditional liturgy – with short extracts from the Treatise on the Love of God.

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God Now Has a Human Heart …

At the centre of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus lies the staggering realisation that since the Incarnation, God now has a human heart …

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Dom Prosper Guéranger and the Catholic Counter Revolution

Gary Potter provides a rich, evocative and important sketch of both Dom Prosper Guéranger and the Catholic Counter Revolution in which he was situated in Nineteenth Century France.

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Christendom and the ‘Integral Substance of the Eucharistic Mystery’

Benedict XVI saw the ‘Integral Substance of the Eucharistic Mystery’ at the heart of Christendom.

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Holy France and Catholic Europe

Catholic France and Catholic Europe were so very different from Protestant Europe, until even very recently. Elodie, the wife of Hilaire Belloc, yearned it seemed for ‘Holy France’.

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus is Our Home (Feast of St. Margaret Mary)

The Sacred Heart is our home: Recollecting the Passion of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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The Apparitions of Our Lady of Laus to Bl. Benoîte Rencurel

Here is a detailed account of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Laus to Bl. Benoîte Rencurel – as written by J. Spencer Northcote.

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Devotion to the Sacred Heart in Catholic Ireland

How did the Sacred Heart devotion become so established in Catholic Ireland? One must look to Fr. James Cullen and his Irish Messenger of the Sacred Heart.

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On Old Thunder – Joseph Pearce’s Life of Hilaire Belloc (Review)

Joseph Pearce offers a rich, colourful life of Hilaire Belloc, which, oddly, sometimes fails to get to the core of Belloc’s very raison d’être.

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On the Eve of My Half-Centenary: Losing My Ecumenism

An uncomfortable, personal post about the need for courage …

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The Institute of Christ the King – and its Praises

Praise be the Institute of Christ the King. Some recollections of the Institute in Madrid, Liverpool and in Catholic Ireland.

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On the Latin Mass in Ireland

Why the Latin Mass is needed – in Catholic Ireland, as everywhere. And so why the Institute of Christ the King in Limerick deserves support.

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The Future of Irish Catholicism?

    This blog, in so many ways, is the result of a journey: From Catholic Ireland to the ruins of Catholic France – and back again. Admittedly, there was also time spent in Britain and Spain, along the way. Still, my life, my writings are shaped by Catholic France and Catholic Ireland in a very […]

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Protecting Ireland from the Sword of Death

  There shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned into fables. (Saint Paul to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:3-4)   Many years ago, Roger and […]

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On Liturgical Abuse and Zany Catholicism

The crisis of the Church lies so largely in the modern liturgy. Liturgical abuse is leading to a modern zany form of Catholicism, from clown Masses to Masses with rock music and even KISS.

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From Findhorn to the Catholic Mystery: On Leaving the New Age Behind

The story of how a former member of the Findhorn community discovered the Catholic Mystery and left the New Age behind …

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Father Mateo Crawley Boevey and the Sacred Heart in the Home and the World

      Last week, we offered extracts from my upcoming book regarding the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This week we simply follow with another extract continuing from before: There are many aspects of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, but I should like now to focus on the simple fact of the symbol of the […]

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St. Philomena and the Curé d’Ars

  Last Wednesday was the Feast of St. John Marie Baptiste Vianney, the Curé d’Ars, who is known so well for having transformed the small French town of Ars into a hive of faith and piety. He is also known for the number of hours spent in the confessional, hearing confessions for hours and hours […]

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St. John-Marie Vianney Comes to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

On the first Friday of July, the Archdiocese of Liverpool welcomed a very special guest. A relic of the heart of St. John-Marie Vianney, the Curé d’Ars,  – whose Feast it is today – came to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool in the city centre. Hundreds of pilgrims, including myself, flocked to the Metropolitan Cathedral to […]

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Pellevoisin and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart – Part III: The Scapular of the Heart of Jesus

By Bernard St John     Introductory Remarks: Here we resume with the third part of our series on the reported Apparitions of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. These are taken from a 1904 book by Bernard St John – who, in fact, personally knew Estelle Faguette, the visionary at Pellevoisin. For more about […]

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