Prayers for the Pope & the Church

Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Francis. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. Our Father, Hail Mary.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is sanctified and governed; mercifully hear our humble supplications for all degrees and orders therein; that, by the gift of Your grace, all in their several stations may faithfully serve You. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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TRIUMPH: 15 Paintings Depicting Catholic Victory over Sin, Death, Paganism, and Heresy

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • April 21st, 2018

Listers, Christ is victorious. The following selection of Sacred Art depicts the victory of Christ and His Church over sin, death, paganism, and heresy. Often bearing the words victory or triumph in the title, these works invite the observer to contemplating the saving power of Jesus Christ. May… Read More →

Vessel of Divine Wisdom: 15 Paintings of St. Augustine

Art & Architecture

SPL Staff • April 21st, 2018

Listers, it would be difficult to exaggerate the influence St. Augustine excerted on Catholicism and Western thought. The following selection of Sacred Art is truly but a sample of the items that take this Doctor of the Church as their subject. May St. Augustine, the example of contrite souls,… Read More →

7 Introductory Questions to Book One of Plato's Republic


SPL Staff • March 18th, 2018

Listers, it would be difficult to exaggerate the place of Plato’s Republic in the West. As Alfred North Whitehead, a twentieth century matematician and philosopher, famously proclaimed, “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of… Read More →

Acedia: 10 Quotes from The Noonday Devil


SPL Staff • December 26th, 2017

Listers, acedia is the noonday devil. In his 2013 work, The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times, Jean-Charles Nault, O.S.B., the Abbot of Saint-Wandrille, presents a fascinating if not unsettling argument that the modern age is steeped in the sin of acedia. In fact, Abbot Nault… Read More →

Souls Without Longing: 52 Quotes from The Closing of the American Mind


SPL Staff • September 14th, 2017

Listers, The Closing the American Mind is a difficult but rewarding text. Written in 1987 by Allan Bloom, a professor at the University of Chicago, the work takes on a prophetic tone, as it calls out the intellectual crisis of the University and of the overall American culture. The following… Read More →
La Mort de César (ca. 1859–1867) by Jean-Léon Gérôme, depicting the aftermath of the attack with Caesar's body abandoned in the foreground as the senators exult.

Great Books: 15 Lessons from Cicero's On Duties


SPL Staff • August 17th, 2017

Listers, “few of those who have sought to present a systematic account of the development of political philosophy have attached great importance to Cicero’s political thought.”1 Marcus Tullius Cicero, born January 3, 106 BC, was a Roman politician, lawyer, and an incredible rhetorician whose… Read More →
Golden Angel Lawrence OP

RCIA: 5 Questions on Faith and Reason in Catholicism


SPL Staff • June 20th, 2017

Listers, faith and reason are in harmony. The same God that endowed man with reason is the same God that died upon the Cross. To claim that faith and reason are harmonious is to also claim that there is no conflict between theology and philosophy, between Catholicism and science, and between… Read More →

RCIA: 8 Questions for those Interested in Becoming Catholic


SPL Staff • June 13th, 2017

Listers, all are welcome to come and know more about Jesus Christ and his Church. The following questions present many of the preliminaries of the Catholic faith. Whether you are a devout evangelical or an inquisitive agnostic, these basic questions will help introduce you to Catholicism and the… Read More →
St Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie, Yonkers (NY), photo by Fr. Lawrence, OP.

RCIA: 5 Biblical Lessons on How Jesus Gave Us the Holy Eucharist


SPL Staff • June 10th, 2017

Listers, the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of the entire Catholic faith. The Church calls the Holy Eucharist the bread of life, the bread of heaven, the food for everlasting life, the holy banquet, the perfect sacrifice, and the medicine of immortality. How can Sacred Tradition praise… Read More →

RCIA: 8 Basic Questions on the Sacrament of Confirmation


SPL Staff • June 4th, 2017

Listers, Confirmation allows us to be faithful soldiers of Jesus Christ. Perfecting the grace given to us in Holy Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation seals our souls with an indelible mark showing we belong to Christ and grants us the grace necessary to live as faithful disciples of Christ. As… Read More →
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