St. Louis IX humbly accepts a woman’s upbraiding

August 7, 2014

Many were those who criticized St. Louis IX’s fervor for the faith, but they never succeeded in getting him to slacken in the fulfillment of his duties.  One day, a woman who had cause for complaint against Bishop Jean de Fouillense awaited for the king to come by, and as he came down the stairs, […]

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The Hummingbird

August 7, 2014

by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira  October 26, 1980 ONCE as I was sitting in the small porch of a farmhouse, a hummingbird suddenly stopped in the air and began sucking nectar from the flowers of climbing ivy. He ‘kissed’ each flower in turn. The hummingbird’s flight was similar to an arrow’s trajectory — so inflexible […]

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Rabbit St. Dominic

August 7, 2014

  Coniglio San Domenico (Rabbit St. Dominic) Ingredients: 2¼ pound rabbit 3 Artichokes, medium (Canned artichokes may be used instead.) 1 Lemon 6 Tbsp. Olive Oil ½ C.  Onion, Chopped  ½ C. Black Olives 1 sprig Marjoram 6 Leaves of Sage Salt and Pepper ½ C. White Wine Chicken Stock 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste 2 […]

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August 7 – Pope St. Sixtus II

August 7, 2014

Pope St. Sixtus II (XYSTUS) Elected 31 Aug., 257, martyred at Rome, 6 Aug., 258. His origin is unknown. The “Liber Pontificalis” says that he was a Greek by birth, but this is probably a mistake, originating from the false assumption that he was identical with a Greek philosopher of the same name, who was […]

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August 7 – St. Cajetan

August 7, 2014

St. Cajetan (GAETANO.) Nobleman of the dynasties of Da Porto and Thiene of Vicenza, Italy. Founder of the Theatines, born October, 1480 at Vicenza in Venetian territory; died at Naples in 1547. Under the care of a pious mother he passed a studious and exemplary youth, and took his degree as doctor utriusque juris at […]

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August 8 – The Rosary as a weapon

August 7, 2014

St. Dominic Founder of the Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominican Order; born at Calaroga, in Old Castile, c. 1170; died 6 August, 1221. His parents, Felix Guzman and Joanna of Aza, undoubtedly belonged to the nobility of Spain, though probably neither was connected with the reigning house of Castile, as some of […]

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August 8 – He told his king that anyone who betrays Jesus could betray their king

August 7, 2014

St. Hormisdas (Martyred c. 420) Isdegerdes, king of Persia, renewed the persecution which Cosroes II had raised against the church. It is not easy, says Theodoret, to describe or express the cruelties which were then invented against the disciples of Christ. Some were flayed alive, others had the skin torn from off their backs only, […]

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August 10 – “Turn me over. That side is cooked.”

August 7, 2014

St. Lawrence Martyr; died 10 August, 258. St. Lawrence, one of the deacons of the Roman Church, was one of the victims of the persecution of Valerian in 258, like Pope Sixtus II and many other members of the Roman clergy. At the beginning of the month of August, 258, the emperor issued an edict, […]

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August 10 – His sister founded the Conceptionists

August 7, 2014

Blessed João Mendes de Silva Better known as Amadeus of Portugal, O.F.M., (1420–1482), was a Portuguese nobleman who became first a monk, then left that life to become a friar of the Franciscan Order. Later he became a reformer of that Order, which led to his founding of a distinct branch of the Friars Minor […]

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Heroic mother and sons stopped an evil King — the story of the Maccabees

August 4, 2014

In the Sacred Scriptures we read of a mother who had seven sons whom she brought up from childhood to serve and love God. It happened that the tyrant Antiochus, who hated God and His holy religion, and who wished to root out of the Jewish nation the worship of the one true God, came […]

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August 3 – The day the bishop cursed his country

August 4, 2014

On August 3, 1941, Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen informed his listeners in a third sermon about the continued desecration of Catholic churches, the closing of convents and monasteries, and the deportation and murder of mentally ill people (who were sent to undisclosed destinations), while a notice was sent to family members stating that […]

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How the Queen helps

August 4, 2014

According to The Mirror: Prime Ministers traditionally meet with the monarch each week to update them on the important issues facing the nation. “…it is of great benefit to me,” Mr Cameron said. “I find it helps sort out the problems in my own head about the things we need to do.” He added: “It […]

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The Christian Spirit and the Pagan Spirit Expressed in Architecture

August 4, 2014

Written by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira The United Nations Organization (U.N.O.) is the keystone of the contemporary world. Thus, the buildings designed to house it should, by the majesty of their lines and proportions, express the high function for which they are destined. Our Photo shows the U.N. administration building. Despite its enormous dimensions, we […]

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August 4 – St. Eleutherius

August 4, 2014

St. Eleutherius (Fr. Eleutière), Bishop of Tournai at the beginning of the sixth century. Historically there is very little known about St. Eleutherius, but he was without doubt the first Bishop of Tournai. Theodore, whom some give as his immediate predecessor, was either a bishop of Tours, whose name was placed by mistake on the […]

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August 4 – Carthusian Martyrs: The Lone Survivor

August 4, 2014

May 4 – First Group of Carthusian Martyrs June 19 – Second Group of Carthusian Martyrs May-June – Third and Fourth Groups August 4 – The Lone Survivor For some reason Brother William Horne was kept alive. Refusing to abandon his religious habit, he was not attainted till 1540, when he was hanged, disembowelled, and […]

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August 5 – Valor in a King

August 4, 2014

St. Oswald of Northumbria, King and Martyr The English Saxon kingdom of Northumbria was founded by Ida in 547. After his death the northern part called Bernicia was preserved by his children; but Deira, that is, the southern part, comprising Yorkshire and Lancashire, was occupied by Ælla or Alla, and after his death was recovered […]

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August 6 – Garcia Moreno: Heroic President of Ecuador

August 4, 2014

by José Maria dos Santos Gabriel Garcia Moreno, heroic President of Ecuador, assassinated for his Faith and Christian Charity. Manly Catholic of intransigent principles, slain by the enemies of the Faith because of his consistency and courage in defense of the Church and Papacy Gabriel Garcia Moreno was born in Guayaquil, in southern Ecuador on […]

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August 6 – He told his assassins “God does not die!”

August 4, 2014

Garcia Moreno Ecuadorean patriot and statesman; born at Guayaquil, 24 December, 1821; assassinated at Quito, 6 August, 1875. His father, Gabriel García Gomez, a native of Villaverde, in Old Castile, had been engaged in commerce at Callao before removing to Guayaquil, where he married Dona Mercedes Moreno, the mother of the future Ecuadorean martyr president. […]

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August 6 – Noble widower made pope

August 4, 2014

Pope St. Hormisdas Date of birth unknown, elected to the Holy See, 514; died at Rome, 6 August, 523. This able and sagacious pontiff belonged to a wealthy and honourable family of Frosinone (Frusino) in the Campagna di Roma (Latium). Before receiving higher orders he had been married; his son became pope under the name […]

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Is Prince Harry good at anything?

July 31, 2014

According to The Telegraph: Charles Innes-Ker, the Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, who oversaw Prince Harry’s stint in the Household Cavalry Regiment, described him as a “…very good officer and his soldiers really admired him.” The 33-year-old served in the Blues and Royals for five years, which included tours of Iraq and spent “two years […]

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The Haughty Eleanor of Aquitaine turns to God for Help

July 31, 2014

[Eleanor of Aquitaine] and Bernard of Clairvaux met in a private room and began their tête-à-tête. Saint and madcap queen—they made an extraordinary pair…. However, Eleanor remained sufficiently self-possessed to tell him composedly what troubled her. “During all the seven years that she had lived with the king she had remained barren, apart from one […]

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From Frivolity To An Encounter With God

July 31, 2014

“I Discovered I Had a Soul” June 30 2014 by Tradición y Acción por un Perú mayor Imagine a young television journalist who hosted a leading program on current issues and also stood out for her family name, talent, beauty and charm, a considerable fortune, an eminent social position both locally and internationally; who shone […]

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July 31 – St. Germain

July 31, 2014

St. Germain Bishop of Auxerre, born at Auxerre c. 380; died at Ravenna, 31 July, 448. He was the son of Rusticus and Germanilla, and his family was one of the noblest in Gaul in the latter portion of the fourth century. He received the very best education provided by the distinguished schools of Arles […]

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July 31 – Soldier of Jesus

July 31, 2014

St. Ignatius Loyola Youngest son of Don Beltrán Yañez de Oñez y Loyola and Marina Saenz de Lieona y Balda. Born in 1491 at the castle of Loyola above Azpeitia in Guipuscoa; died at Rome, 31 July, 1556. The saint was baptized Iñigo, after St. Enecus (Innicus), Abbot of Oña: the name Ignatius was assumed […]

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July 31 – St. Helen of Sköfde

July 31, 2014

St. Helen of Sköfde Martyr in the first half of the twelfth century. Her feast is celebrated 31 July. Her life (Acta SS., July, VII, 340) is ascribed to St. Brynolph, Bishop of Skara, in Sweden (d. 1317). She was of noble family and is generally believed to have been the daughter of the Jarl […]

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August 1 – St. Alphonsus Liguori

July 31, 2014

St. Alphonsus Liguori Born at Marianella, near Naples, 27 September, 1696; died at Nocera de’ Pagani, 1 August, 1787. The eighteenth century was not an age remarkable for depth of spiritual life, yet it produced three of the greatest missionaries of the Church, St. Leonard of Port Maurice, St. Paul of the Cross, and St. […]

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August 2 – Legate to the Emperor laden with responsibilities and threats

July 31, 2014

Saint Eusebius, Bishop of Vercelli, born in Sardinia circa 283; died at Vercelli, Piedmont, August 1, 371. He was made lector in Rome, where he lived some time, probably as a member, or head, of a religious community (Spreitzenhofer, Die Entwickelung des alten Monchtums in Italien, Vienna, 1894, 14 sq.). Later he came to Vercellae, […]

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August 3 – Secretive Leader

July 31, 2014

St. Nicodemus A prominent Jew of the time of Christ, mentioned only in the Fourth Gospel. The name is of Greek origin, but at that epoch such names were occasionally borrowed by the Jews, and according to Josephus (Ant. of the Jews, XIV, iii, 2) Nicodemus was the name of one of the ambassadors sent […]

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Videos: King and Queen receive mortal remains of MH17 victims

July 28, 2014

According to the Royal Correspondent: On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands accompanied by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte, His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium, the Governor-General of Australia, Mr. Peter Cosgrove, the Australian Foreign Minister, Ms. Julie Bishop, various dignitaries as […]

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Emperor and Empress have now visited every leprosy sanitarium in Japan

July 28, 2014

According to Nippon TV: On Tuesday, July 22nd, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid a visit to…a leprosy sanitarium located in the northeastern Japanese city of Tome, Miyagi Prefecture. The Emperor and Empress have long been concerned about the plight of patients suffering from leprosy, having visited a leprosy sanitarium for the first time in […]

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A dying princess ponders human glory

July 28, 2014

On her deathbed, the duchess of Burgundy heard one of her servants lament: “God cannot deprive you of life so soon! You are too precious to the nation.” The duchess replied: “I am a princess today, nothing tomorrow, and will be completely forgotten the day after tomorrow.” Edmond Guérard, Dictionnaire encyclopédique d’anécdotes (Paris: Firmin Didot, […]

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Total Leveling: Essence of the Revolution’s Luciferian Spirit

July 28, 2014

The essence of the Revolutionary spirit is to be found in a famous document produced by the Committee of the Republic, under the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. There, the authorities of the interior of France declared that all were invited to bring down every tower of every church and of every castle […]

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July 28 – St. Samson

July 28, 2014

St. Samson Bishop and confessor, born in South Wales; died 28 July, 565 (?). The date of his birth is unknown. His parents whose names are given as Amon of Dyfed and Anna of Gwynedd, were of noble, but not royal, birth. While still an infant he was dedicated to God and entrusted to the […]

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July 29 – He regained the hearts of his people only after his death

July 28, 2014

St. Olaf Haraldson Martyr and King of Norway (1015-30), born 995; died 29 July, 1030. He was a son of King Harald Grenske of Norway. According to Snorre, he was baptized in 998 in Norway, but more probably about 1010 in Rouen, France, by Archbishop Robert. In his early youth he went as a viking […]

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July 29 – With one sermon, he launched the Crusades

July 28, 2014

Pope Blessed Urban II (Otho, Otto or Odo of Lagery), 1088-1099, born of a knightly family, at Châtillon-sur-Marne in the province of Champagne, about 1042; died 29 July, 1099. Under St. Bruno (afterwards founder of the Carthusians) Otho studied at Reims, where he later became canon and archdeacon. About 1070 he retired to Cluny and […]

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July 30 – Patron of Charcoal

July 28, 2014

St. Theobald Born at Provins in the Province of Champagne, France, in 1017; died at Salanigo in Italy 30 June, 1066. He was a member of a noble family. In 1054 without the knowledge of his parents he and his friend Walter gave themselves to the life of hermits at Sussy in the Ardennes, then […]

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Belgium’s King Philippe tasks centre-right parties to form unified government

July 24, 2014

According to Expatica: Belgium’s King Philippe on Tuesday appointed two leading centre-right politicians to lead negotiations on forming a national government, a potentially drawn-out process after elections in May. The Belgian monarch, who plays an important constitutional role, tasked the Flemish Christian Democrat leader Kris Peeters and the head of the French-speaking Liberals, Charles Michel, […]

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RIP Sir Jocelyn Buxton: heroic aviator and adventurer

July 24, 2014

According to The Telegraph: As soon as he was old enough Buxton volunteered for the Fleet Air Arm and…tasked with protecting the Arctic supply convoys to northern Russia. …he was credited with a share in shooting down enemy seaplanes. In a raid on German positions in Norway, he was shot down and ditched in the […]

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St. Louis IX accepts correction from a beggar

July 24, 2014

It was the custom of Saint Louis IX to wash the feet of twelve randomly chosen poor men during Holy Week.  One year, a pauper took the ceremonial in quite the literal, not its symbolic sense and admonished the king for not washing his feet properly washed, all the while pointing to the part of […]

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Egalitarianism: the Putrid Heart of the Revolution

July 24, 2014

The many crises shaking the world today—those of the State, family, economy, culture, and so on—are but multiple aspects of a single fundamental crisis whose field of action is man himself. In other words, these crises have their root in the most profound problems of the soul, from whence they spread to the whole personality […]

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July 24 – Chaste Queen

July 24, 2014

 Saint Kinga of Poland Poor Clare and patroness of Poland and Lithuania; born in 1224; died 24 July, 1292, at Sandeck, Poland. She was the daughter of King Bela IV and niece of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and from her infancy it pleased God to give tokens of the eminent sanctity to which she was […]

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July 24 – Fearless, Courageous, Unswerving

July 24, 2014

Matilda of Canossa Countess of Tuscany, daughter and heiress of the Marquess Boniface of Tuscany, and Beatrice, daughter of Frederick of Lorraine, b. 1046; d. 24 July, 1114. In 1053 her father was murdered. Duke Gottfried of Lorraine, an opponent of the Emperor Henry III, went to Italy and married the widowed Beatrice. But, in […]

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July 24 – St. John Boste

July 24, 2014

Priest and martyr, born of good Catholic family at Dufton, in Westmoreland, about 1544; died at Durham, 24 July, 1594. He studied at Queen’s College, Oxford, 1569-72, became a Fellow, and was received into the Church at Brome, in Suffolk, in 1576. Resigning his Fellowship in 1580, he went to Reims, where he was ordained […]

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July 26 – In memoriam: Princess Tatiana Von Metternich – who called Hitler a “stuffed doll”

July 24, 2014

According to The Telegraph: Princess Tatiana Von Metternich, who died…on July 26, 2006, aged 91, was…one of the most beautiful women of her day… …she witnessed the effect of Nazism on Germany, was close to those involved in the unsuccessful plot to kill Hitler in 1944, and was forced to make a 600-kilometre trek across […]

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July 26 – Blessed John Ingram

July 24, 2014

Blessed John Ingram English martyr, born at Stoke Edith, Herefordshire, in 1565; executed at Newcastle-on-Tyne, 26 July, 1594. He was probably the son of Anthony Ingram of Wolford, Warwickshire, by Dorothy, daughter of Sir John Hungerford. He was educated first in Worcestershire, then at the English College, Reims, at the Jesuit College, Pont-a-Mousson, and at […]

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July 27 – Wanted: Noble Men for the Missions, Never to Return Home

July 24, 2014

Martyrs of Cuncolim On Monday, 25 July, 1583, the village of Cuncolim in the district of Salcete, territory of Goa, India, was the scene of the martyrdom of five religious of the Society of Jesus: Fathers Rudolph Acquaviva, Alphonsus Pacheco, Peter Berno, and Anthony Francis, also Francis Aranha, lay brother. Rudolph Acquaviva was born 2 […]

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Britain’s royal baptism gown: Eight generations of tradition

July 21, 2014

According to The Telegraph: The Victorian gown, which entered the record books having been worn by 62 babies during its lifespan, had humble beginnings. Only last year the gown’s creator was revealed to have been a young woman named Janet Sutherland, the daughter of a coal miner from Falkirk, who died in 1852 at the […]

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Out with the Royal Crest! That Treaty No One Read Before Signing

July 21, 2014

According to LiveLeak.com: Eric Pickles said there was nothing he could do to prevent the emblem from replacing the royal crest on birth, marriage and death certificates. The Communities Secretary warned the move was part of a Brussels plot to brand people as European citizens ‘from cradle to grave’…. He said the plan, contained in […]

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Prince Charles lauds Britain’s quality cheeses

July 21, 2014

According to The Telegraph: ”I remember 20 years ago you could never find a really interesting cheese in this country except Cheddar,” [the Prince of Wales] said. ”But the extraordinary explosion of artisan-made cheeses has been one of the most remarkable things in this country.’’ His Royal Highness is right. To read the full article […]

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July 22 – The Siege of Belgrade (1456)

July 21, 2014

The Siege of Belgrade (or Battle of Belgrade, or Siege of Nándorfehérvár) occurred from July 4 to July 22, 1456. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II was rallying his resources in order to subjugate the Kingdom of Hungary. His immediate objective was the border fort of the town of […]

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What Weight Should Be Given to St. Thomas Aquinas’s Arguments Against Equality?

July 21, 2014

A hierarchical and anti-egalitarian spirit is part and parcel of being a Catholic, as is evidenced in the writings of many popes and theologians, with special mention of St. Thomas Aquinas—upon whom Prof. Corrêa de Oliveira bases much of his argumentation. It is not without good reason that he does so: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas […]

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July 21 – Fearless in every sense

July 21, 2014

St. Lorenzo da Brindisi (Also: Lawrence, or Laurence, of Brindisi.) Born at Brindisi in 1559; died at Lisbon on 22 July, 1619. In baptism he received the names of Julius Caesar. Guglielmo de Rossi — or Guglielmo Russi, according to a contemporary writer — was his father’s name; his mother was Elisabetta Masella. Both were […]

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July 21 – He raised the king’s son back to life, but wished to be buried among the criminals

July 21, 2014

St. Arbogast (Gaelic Arascach). St. Arbogast has been claimed as a native of Scotland, but this is owing to a misunderstanding of the name “Scotia”, which until late in the Middle Ages really meant Ireland. He flourished about the middle of the seventh century. Leaving Ireland, as so many other missionaries had done, he settled […]

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July 22 – With his lady’s permission, this lord left court to become a monk, then abbot

July 21, 2014

St. Wandrille [Abbot of Fontenelles, in Normandy.]  He was nearly related to Pepin of Landen and Erchinoald, the two first lords in the kingdom of Austrasia; and in his youth was made count of the palace under Dagobert I. He was humble on the highest pinnacle of honors, and mortified amidst pleasures. To retrieve himself […]

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July 23 – The most celebrated saint of the Northern kingdom

July 21, 2014

St. Bridget of Sweden The most celebrated saint of the Northern kingdoms, born about 1303; died 23 July, 1373. She was the daughter of Birger Persson, governor and provincial judge (Lagman) of Uppland, and of Ingeborg Bengtsdotter. Her father was one of the wealthiest landholders of the country, and, like her mother, distinguished by deep […]

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“Just 17 per cent of 18 to 34 year olds now strongly support a republic”

July 17, 2014

According to The Telegraph: A ten-day royal visit to Australia by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George has triggered a rise in the nation’s support for the monarchy, especially amongst younger Australians. A Newspoll survey found support for Australia becoming a republic has dropped to 40 per cent, the lowest level in […]

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Tower of London, Buckingham and St James’ Palace guards will speak French tomorrow

July 17, 2014

According to RCI: Members of the Ceremonial Guard and dignitaries of the Royal 22e Régiment are to stand guard at Buckingham Palace, St. James’ Palace and the Tower of London on 14, 16 and 18th of July. The Quebec-based R22R…and are Canada’s only completely Francophone regiment. It was also a first for the King’s Guard […]

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Sobieski Comes to the Relief of Vienna

July 17, 2014

On the day after Sobieski’s conference with Zierowski, unknown to them both, a messenger set out at top speed on the long journey from Vienna. Count Thurn covered 350 miles in 11 days, and arrived at the royal residence of Wilanów outside Warsaw on 15 July. Austria was being invaded, its capital city was in […]

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Egalitarianism: The Fundamental Error of Our Times

July 17, 2014

Prof. Corrêa de Oliveira, in his masterly work Revolution and Counter-Revolution, demonstrates that the chaos of the modern world has a cause. It is a profound cause that begets all the evils of the modern world. It has, if you will, its own personality, its own reason for being; and its name is “the Revolution.” […]

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July 17 – When the Saracens attacked Rome…

July 17, 2014

Pope St. Leo IV (Reigned 847-55) A Roman and the son of Radoald, was unanimously elected to succeed Sergius II, and as the alarming attack of the Saracens on Rome in 846 caused the people to fear for the safety of the city, he was consecrated (10 April, 847) without the consent of the emperor. […]

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