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Letter #25, 2019: The Saint and Prayer

  Friday, May 3, 2019 “Simply put, this idea of prayer is the process of slowly infusing of the soul with the mind of God as He has revealed Himself to us...” —Hilary White, a Catholic writer who lives in Italy, in an essay on sanctity and prayer that she published yesterday on the OnePeterFive website [...]

By |2019-05-06T18:25:42+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #24, 2019: The Priest and the Lighthouse

  Thursday, May 2, 2019 “The priest's strength does not come from external means of power.” —Archbishop Georg Gänswein, personal secretary of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, in a homily at the ordination of four new priests in Austria on April 27 (link) A reflection on the priesthood Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, on [...]

By |2019-05-06T14:01:11+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #23, 2019: The Pope We Have

  Wednesday, May 1, 2019 “We therefore request that your Lordships urgently address the situation of Pope Francis’s public adherence to heresy... We take this measure as a last resort to respond to the accumulating harm caused by Pope Francis’s words and actions over several years, which have given rise to one of the worst crises in the history [...]

By |2019-05-06T15:43:42+00:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #22, 2019: “Soft totalitarianism”

  Tuesday, April 29, 2019 The history of communist persecution of traditional Christians offers inspiration for those facing a "soft totalitarianism," in terms of how faith endured under the "hard" form. The book Everyday Saints by the Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevnukov) describes how a Russian monastery fell into bad repute: "It was said that its monks were all idlers and [...]

By |2019-05-06T15:49:08+00:00Apr 30th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #21, 2019: Stigmata

Monday, April 29, 2019 Today is the Feast of a great Italian woman, St. Catherine of Siena (Siena, March 25, 1347-Rome, April 29, 1380). Catherine cried out to the Popes of her time, a time of many troubles, who were residing in Avignon, in France, to return to their rightful place, in Rome, the See of Peter. [...]

By |2019-04-30T20:51:51+00:00Apr 29th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #20, 2019: Reflections

Friday, April 26, 2019 I received a number of emails about my Letter #19 yesterday, entitled "Bannon's Italian Monastery." The letters fall broadly into three main categories: (1) people supportive of the initiative; (2) people deeply skeptical about or opposed to the initiative; (3) people who note the emergence of similar projects in other places as [...]

By |2019-04-29T16:13:47+00:00Apr 26th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #19, 2019: Bannon’s Italian Monastery

Thursday, April 25, 2019 “He is the smartest guy in Rome. He’s always a tough guy. He comes across as a monk, but he’s actually a very tough guy.” —American businessman and political strategist Steve Bannon, on British Catholic political activist Benjamin Harnwell, head of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute in Rome. The Institute has received permission [...]

By |2019-04-26T14:35:22+00:00Apr 25th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #18, 2019: Vatican Nuncio to Ukraine: Interview

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 "The Holy Father told me: 'If we do some charitable work, it must be done so that no one may conclude that it is done only for Catholics, that we are making a gesture of proselytism: it must be done in an absolutely undifferentiated manner, so that the Ukrainians sense that we [...]

By |2019-04-25T20:37:34+00:00Apr 24th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #17, 2019: Benedict and Sarah: “Focus on Jesus”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 "In his letter, (Emeritus Pope) Benedict has pierced the boil... his text is more intelligent than all the contributions at the Roman 'Abuse Summit' and the know-it-all moral experts at the German Bishops' Conference.” —Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, former head of the Holy See's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the [...]

By |2019-04-26T14:04:56+00:00Apr 23rd, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #16, 2019: Ranjith on Death in Sri Lanka

Monday, April 22, 2019 "We must investigate in a careful way. On the surface it may seem like a particular group but it may be that there are other nuances behind these attacks." —Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, where a series of terrorist bombings on Easter Sunday took the lives of some 290 [...]

By |2019-04-25T20:40:27+00:00Apr 22nd, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|
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