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Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

The Last Christmas CardEvery year, numerous people who usually sent Prof. Plinio a Christmas card had a hopeful expectation. It was to receive sometime later, a reply with another card containing a Christmas message signed by him, filling their souls with joy and hope. On Christmas 1994, the last one the distinguished Catholic leader celebrated on this earth…

Don’t Treat Wolves Like Lost SheepThe doctrine of Our Lord Jesus Christ is full of seemingly antagonistic truths which nevertheless when examined closely, far from mutually denying one another actually complement one another, forming a truly marvelous harmony. This is the case, for example, with the seeming contradiction between Divine justice and goodness. God is at the same time infinitely just and infinitely merciful. Whenever we close our eyes to one of these perfections in order to understand the other we fall into grave error. In His earthly life, Our Lord Jesus Christ gave admirable proofs of His gentleness and His severity.

Saint John Bosco: Overcoming All Kinds of ObstaclesThe great Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesian Congregation, has an eminently priestly expression, but that of a man of the people. He was a peasant who became a priest, and that was a glory to him. There is something truly majestic in him. What does that majesty consist of? In him there is something resolute and triumphant, of one who has overcome and is triumphing over all sorts of obstacles.

Impressions of the Shroud of TurinThough dead, one notices in Him a curious thing: He was only 33 years of age when He died, but to our eyes today He seems much more mature. I would easily estimate His age to be...

Remedy for Contemporary Moral HardnessHe who is cruel is selfish. Man only harms his neighbor out of selfishness or desire to benefit from advantages to which he is not entitled...

Why We Need Beauty in Our LivesGod created beauty for the life of the soul. It has no corporal usefulness. It does not satisfy hunger, shelter us from a storm or provide warmth...

The victory of divorce did not result, however, from the fact that a particularly fervid or efficacious pro-divorce onslaught had finally managed to raze the glorious rampart of conjugal indissolubility...
 
 

The Three Faces of the RevolutionAs we have demonstrated so many times, the Protestant Revolt of the sixteenth century, the French Revolution, and the Communist Revolution constitute the three phases of the same immense movement...
 

Observing this photo of the Almansa Castle in Spain, we must make a distinction between two wonderfully harmonic but clearly distinct visual fields...
 

Commentary on Saint Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy GhostFirst of all, I would like to note how in this prayer Saint Augustine really soars to unimaginable heights right from the start, and even when you do not stop to analyze every word. This most beautiful prayer contains passages that need to be analyzed.

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