Dona Cesarina, an Enemy of TFP

“I don’t like the motto of your society,” quipped Dona Cesarina (see footnote), an acquaintance I had not seen in many years, as I met her by chance near the Conde Prates Building. Dona Cesarina is still a young grandmother … Continue reading

The Hat

In different epochs, the hat became a symbol of the dignity of the one wearing it; today, it still survives as a reminder of an ancient vision of courtesy While not a surprising sight, the hat certainly awakens the dormant … Continue reading

Our Lady of Good Counsel of Genazzano

  This testimony of Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira about the grace that he received of Our Lady of Good Counsel of Genazzano is taken from the July-August 1986 issue of the magazine Madre del Buon Consiglio, published by the … Continue reading

Zeal for the Most Holy Name of Mary

In times past, people considered names to be symbolic of the person. This was so true that for a long time people even gave great importance to initials, a kind of symbol of the name, which in turn is a … Continue reading

Discovering the Wisdom of Saint Ignatius

The Spiritual Exercises by Saint Ignatius of Loyola are often presented as a magnificent sequence of logical arguments that can lead a person to amend his life, save his soul, choose his state in life or make important resolutions. While … Continue reading

Who is the Real Saint Anthony?

There is a tendency nowadays to depict saints as people who 
bypass the realities of life and somehow attain sanctity with 
little effort. Here we have two pictures of Saint Anthony of Padua. The first is a fresco in the … Continue reading

The Marvels of Saint Bernadette

After reading the life of any saint, we close the book exclaiming, “What a great saint! I did not think something like this could exist.” Indeed, as long as it is well written, the life of any saint is a … Continue reading

The Grandeur of the King Dignifies the Cook

Consider the aerial view of Windsor Castle shown in the upper picture. The first impression one has is of a setting for a fairy tale—the immensity of the edifice, the marvelous variety of its parts, the delicacy and strength affirmed … Continue reading

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