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The 13 Examples of Pride Carved into the Floor of Purgatory

The 13 Examples of Pride Carved into the Floor of Purgatory

Listers, pride is the first sin to be purged in Dante’s literary work the Purgatorio. The purgation of pride represents the first ledge of purgatory. There are seven ledges – one for each of the seven deadly vices. Dante orders them according to their proximity to charity; thus, the ledge of pride is at the...
7 Illustrations of How People in the Old Testament Viewed the Universe

7 Illustrations of How People in the Old Testament Viewed the Universe

Listers, the concept of ancient Hebrew cosmology is fascinating. In general, the world was a flat disc covered by a firm dome. Beneath the disc was Sheol – the place of the dead – and the deep waters. Above the dome, there was more water and finally the high heavens where God dwells. “The notion that...
The Ultimate Guide to St. Genevieve: 13 Things about Her and Her Feast Day

The Ultimate Guide to St. Genevieve: 13 Things about Her and Her Feast Day

Life & Works 1. General Background St. Genevieve was born around Anno Domini 419 or 422 in Nanterre, France, “a small village four miles from Paris, near the famous modern stations, or Calvary, adorned with excellent sculptures, representing our Lord’s Passion, on Mount Valerien.”1 She died in Paris in 512. Holy Mother Church celebrates her...
Ante-Purgatory: The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante's Purgatorio

Ante-Purgatory: The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante’s Purgatorio

At this death there ensured a struggled between the powers of good and evil for his soul; since he had uttered the name of Mary with his dying breath and shed a tear of true repentance, the heavily faction prevailed and bore his soul off to Paradise.
Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante's Purgatorio

Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante’s Purgatorio

Listers, “The “Divina Commedia” is an allegory of human life, in the form of a vision of the world beyond the grave, written avowedly with the object of converting a corrupt society to righteousness: “to remove those living in this life from the state of misery, and lead them to the state of felicity”. It...
20 Quote Graphics from the 2015 World of Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

20 Quote Graphics from the 2015 World of Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

Listers, the World Meeting of Families exists to strength and support family. According to the official site of the 2015 gathers: “Held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. Each World Meeting of Families has...
7 Prayers for God to Defend & Cleanse His Holy Catholic Church

7 Prayers for God to Defend & Cleanse His Holy Catholic Church

Listers, the gates of hell have not and will not prevail against the Church. As the Catechism states: “Simon Peter holds the first place in the college of the Twelve; Jesus entrusted a unique mission to him. Through a revelation from the Father, Peter had confessed: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living...
26 Quotes from Pope Francis' Visit to Washington D.C. and New York City

26 Quotes from Pope Francis’ Visit to Washington D.C. and New York City

Listers, Pope Francis’ visit to the United States is one marked with historic firsts. His Holiness Pope Francis was the first Roman Pontiff to address a full joint session of the U.S. Congress. Second, Pope Francis was the first Vicar of Christ to address the United Nations at the opening of a General Assembly. As expected,...
Monks & Beer: 13 Paintings by Eduard von Grützner

Monks & Beer: 13 Paintings by Eduard von Grützner

Listers, Eduard Theodor Ritter von Grützner (May 26, 1846 – April 2, 1925) was a German painter and professor of art especially noted for his genre paintings of monks. Grützner was, along with Carl Spitzweg and Franz von Defregger, one of Munich’s leading genre painters in the second half of the 19th century. The paintings...
When the World's Statesmen Called for a Patron: 24 Quotes on Thomas More's Sainthood

When the World’s Statesmen Called for a Patron: 24 Quotes on Thomas More’s Sainthood

Listers, St. Thomas More is known as the “Man for All Seasons” – but he is also a man claimed by all ages. Exactly why Sir Thomas More became a saint is a question that seems to draw out competing philosophies. In the petition to have More declared a saint, the petitioners wrote, “He was a...
The SPL Weekly: Issue № 18

The SPL Weekly: Issue № 18

From SPL This Great Sacrament We Hail: 2 Eucharistic Hymns by Thomas Aquinas Listers, “down in adoration falling / this great sacrament we hail.” The Feast of Corpus Christi is amongst the most important feasts of the liturgical calendar, especially given our modern epidemic of misbelief or disbelief amongst Catholics in the Eucharist as the...
The SPL Weekly: Issue № 16

The SPL Weekly: Issue № 16

Pentecost Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created. R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light...
I Smell Heresy - 11 Cardinal Burke Memes

I Smell Heresy – 11 Cardinal Burke Memes

A few light-hearted memes regarding His Eminence Cardinal Burke.
On the Privilege of Being a Woman: 7 Quotes on True Femininity

On the Privilege of Being a Woman: 7 Quotes on True Femininity

When the time has come, nothing which is man made will subsist. One day, all human accomplishments will be reduced to a pile of ashes. But every single child to whom a woman has given birth will live forever, for he has been given an immortal soul made to God's image and likeness.
3 Explanations on Lenten Fasting from St. Thomas Aquinas

3 Explanations on Lenten Fasting from St. Thomas Aquinas

Listers, it is easy to become caught up in the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent. Amidst navigating rules like a meal and two small snacks that do not equal a full meal, it very important to remember the purpose behind these practices of the Church.1 St. Thomas Aquinas offers three thoughts on fasting in his Meditations for Lent, which help...
47 Questions & Answers on the Sacrament of Matrimony from the Late Nineteenth Century

47 Questions & Answers on the Sacrament of Matrimony from the Late Nineteenth Century

The Sacrament of Matrimony is the Sacrament which unites a Christian man and woman in lawful marriage.
4 Facts about the Catholic Saint who Fought the Loch Ness Monster

4 Facts about the Catholic Saint who Fought the Loch Ness Monster

Then the blessed man observing this, raised his holy hand, while all the rest, brethren as well as strangers, were stupefied with terror, and, invoking the name of God, formed the saving sign of the cross in the air, and commanded the ferocious monster, saying, "Thou shalt go no further, nor touch the man; go...
The 10 Authentic Trappist Monk Beers

The 10 Authentic Trappist Monk Beers

In 1997, eight Trappist abbeys founded the International Trappist Association (ITA) to prevent non-Trappist commercial companies from abusing the Trappist name. Today there are only 10 authentic Trappist ales in the world.
Our Lady of Milk: 20 Images of Mother Mary Nursing

Our Lady of Milk: 20 Images of Mother Mary Nursing

Known by many names - Maria de la Leche, Maria Lactans, Nursing Madonna - the art arguably challenges certain modern Western sensibilities.
Islam as a Christian Heresy: 8 Quotes from St. John Damascene A.D. 749

Islam as a Christian Heresy: 8 Quotes from St. John Damascene A.D. 749

"There is also the superstition of the Ishmaelites which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist."