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The Heroic Virtues of Jacinta and Francisco

 

EDITORIAL 
Finally, the Third Secret Is to Be Revealed

 

IN BRIEF 

  • Another American beatified
  • Insidious political correctness

 

FORGOT TEN TRUTHS 
Clerical celibacy and the “Abominable conspiracy”

 

TFP IN ACTION 
Report from Main Street

 

BIOGRAPHY 
Exiled Catholic Prelate Laid to Rest

 

SPECIAL REPORT 
A Timely Request for Clarification
About the “Patriotic Church” of Red China

 

ANALYSIS
Communist China Emerges as
an Increasingly Pernicious Danger

 

COMMENTARY 
The “Good Fellow”

 

CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS
The Gospels Are Historically
Authentic and Reliable

 

COVER STORY 
The Heroic Virtues of Jacinta and Francisco

 

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION 
Assault on the Soul

 

PROPHETS, MARTYRS, SAINTS AND HEROES 
El Cid, The Lonely Crusader

 

TEACHING OUR CHILDREN
“Who is God?”

 

BACK TO MANNERS 
The Sheer Joy of Causing Joy

 

FAMILY SERIES
The Weight of the Holy Cross

Quote of the day

DAILY QUOTE for December 4, 2020

He who limits himself to performing only what is his obligat...

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December 4

 

He who limits himself
to performing only what is his obligation 
. . .  

does not love. 

St. Peter Julian Eymard


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Saint of the day

SAINT OF THE DAY

St. John Damascene

The Muslims of Damascus were, for the most part, tolerant...

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St. John Damascene

John Damascene was born in Damascus, then under Muslim rule. Though imposing a poll tax and other conditions upon the Jews and Christians, the Muslims of Damascus were, for the most part, tolerant, allowing both Jews and Christians to occupy important posts, and amass fortune.

Among the officials at the khalif’s court in 675 was a Christian called John, chief of the revenue department. The father of our saint, he was surnamed al-Mansur by the Arabs, a name the family carried.

The younger John was born around 690, baptized in infancy, and, as he grew, had a tutor named Cosmas, a wise man of letters, whom the Arabs had brought back from Sicily among other captives. Young John had an adopted brother also called Cosmas, and both became the pupils of the Sicilian sage, who taught them the natural sciences and theology.

John succeeded his father in his office at the court and worked there, free to practice his Faith, and respected for his virtues. After some years, he resigned his post, and, with his brother Cosmas, joined the monastery of St. Sabas.

As monks, John and Cosmas used their spare time to write books and poetry, which occupation rather scandalized their brethren.

Better appreciated by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, John V, the brothers joined his clergy. Cosmas was eventually consecrated bishop of Majuma serving his flock admirably, and also reaching sainthood. John, after being ordained, served for a while in Jerusalem, but then returned to his monastery. He wrote extensively in defense of icons against the iconoclasts, incurring the ill will of upholders of the heresy in high places.

St. John wrote works of theology and poetry at St. Sabas where he died a very old man.

He was proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1890.

Weekly Story

WEEKLY STORY

Whoever recites this prayer fifteen times a day from the fea...

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A Christmas Prayer

(It is piously believed that whoever recites the below prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (Patron of Scotland; 30th Nov.) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)

America Needs Fatima also believes it's pleasing and efficacious any time of the year.

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Whoever recites this prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30th Nov.) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.

 

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