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‘Happy Holidays’? Bah! Humbug! – Catholicism.org

Charles Dickens was a great literary genius. He had a gift for complicated plots, for colorful characters, and for emotionally evocative storytelling. As a social critic, he also penetrated into the unseemlier side of industrial capitalism, that Protestant beast that grew up in post-Reformation England and turned the merry cities and towns of that nation once known as Mary’s Dowry into appropriate backdrops for Bleak House, Oliver Twist, and Little Dorrit.


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Holy Art Catholic Religious Art — Guest Article By Marilyn Nash – On The Eponymous Flower



Remembering Michael Davies, Founding Father of Traditional Catholic Counterrevolution – On The Remnant Newspaper –


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Bl. Anacleto González Flores: Spiritual Leader of the Cristeros  – Battler Against The Revolution Culture – On The Remnant Newspaper



The Legends Of Saint Barbara – On Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites



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New York’s Gargoyles: The Immigrants Who Made Them and the Hunters Who Saved Them,” an Illustrated Book Talk

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Holiday Nostalgia Rides – New York Transit Museum


St. George Theatre  By Tom McDonald, A NYC Transit retiree

St. George Theater in Staten Island, NY.

Constructed in the same era as the Loew’s Wonder Theatres, the St. George Theatre in Staten Island is another classic old hall that has been brought alive through some renovations done by very generous individuals. Located at 35 Hyatt Street, a short walk from the ferry terminal, the St. George Theatre was once considered the most magnificent theatre in the borough. Since its revival in the early 21st century, it may well be again.

Solomon Brill of the Isle Theatrical Company was an independent owner of 15 theatres in the New York City area at a time when most movie houses were built by Hollywood studios. He began construction in 1928 and the St. George opened its doors on December 4, 1929 as a movie and vaudeville house, where one could see a flick and catch a live performance in the same sitting. This two-tiered entertainment was abandoned in 1934, but revived during the 1940s to help sell war bonds. After World War II, it remained a movie palace until 1977, under the stewardship of the Fabian Theater chain, which had acquired the St. George in 1938.

Subsequent owners used the venue for a roller rink, an antique showroom, and a night club, all unsuccessful ventures. In the mid-1990s, it briefly opened as a performing arts center, but closed down quickly. The St. George Theatre remained dark until 2003, when the film “School of Rock” used it for its final scene.

In 2004, Mrs. Rosemary Cappozalo and her daughters, Luanne Sorrentino and Doreen Cugno, started a not-for-profit organization to save this historic theatre from being torn down with Cappozalo donating over a million dollars for a renovation of the site. Since re-opening in June of 2004, over 800 events have been held there, with performers like Tony Bennett, Jerry Seinfeld, Whoopi Goldberg, and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo among the headliners.

Today, the St. George Theatre seats 1,800 people. It is a fine place to see a show of any kind, with the distinctive look of the old, classic movie palaces of the 1930s, including murals on the walls in the lobby, winding staircases to the mezzanine, and stained-glass chandeliers. The updated sound system is another attractive reason to drop by to see a show at this wonderful venue.

The 1 train to South Ferry, the 4 and 5 to Bowling Green and the R and W to Whitehall Street/South Ferry all leave you by the Manhattan entrance to the Staten Island Ferry.  Upon arrival at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, the St. George Theatre is two blocks away, at 35 Hyatt Street.

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From the book of the prophet Isaiah  27:1-13 The Lord cares for his vineyard once again

On that day, The Lord will punish with his sword that is cruel, great, and strong, Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the coiled serpent; and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.

On that day – The pleasant vineyard, sing about it! I, the Lord, am its keeper, I water it every moment; Lest anyone harm it,  night and day I guard it.

I am not angry, but if I were to find briers and thorns, In battle I should march against them; I should burn them all. Expunging and expelling, I should strive against them, carrying them off with my cruel wind in time of storm.

In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall sprout and blossom, covering all the world with fruit. Is he to be smitten as his smiter was smitten? or slain as his slayer was slain?

Or shall he cling to me for refuge? He must make peace with me; peace shall he make with me!

This, then, shall be the expiation of Jacob’s guilt, this the whole fruit of the removal of his sin: He shall pulverize all the stones of the altars like pieces of chalk; no sacred poles or incense altars shall stand. For the fortified city shall be desolate, an abandoned pasture, a forsaken wilderness, where calves shall browse and lie.

Its boughs shall be destroyed, its branches shall wither and be broken off, and women shall come to build a fire with them. This is not an understanding people; therefore their maker shall not spare them, nor shall he who formed them have mercy on them.

On that day, The Lord shall beat out the grainb between the Euphrates and the Wadi of Egypt, and you shall be gleaned one by one, O sons of Israel.

On that day, A great trumpet shall blow, and the lost in the land of Assyria and the outcasts in the land of Egypt Shall come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain, in Jerusalem.

From a spiritual Canticle by Saint John of the Cross, priest

Though holy doctors have uncovered many mysteries and wonders, and devout souls have understood them in this earthly condition of ours, yet the greater part still remains to be unfolded by them, and even to be understood by them.

We must then dig deeply in Christ. He is like a rich mine with many pockets containing treasures: however deep we dig we will never find their end or their limit. Indeed, in every pocket new seams of fresh riches are discovered on all sides.

For this reason the apostle Paul said of Christ: In him are hidden all the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God. The soul cannot enter into these treasures, nor attain them, unless it first crosses into and enters the thicket of suffering, enduring interior and exterior labors, and unless it first receives from God very many blessings in the intellect and in the senses, and has undergone long spiritual training.

All these are lesser things, disposing the soul for the lofty sanctuary of the knowledge of the mysteries of Christ: this is the highest wisdom attainable in this life.                                                                                                                          

Would that men might come at last to see that it is quite impossible to reach the thicket of the riches and wisdom of God except by first entering the thicket of much suffering, in such a way that the soul finds there its consolation and desire. The soul that longs for divine wisdom chooses first, and in truth, to enter the thicket of the cross.

Saint Paul therefore urges the Ephesians not to grow weary in the midst of tribulations, but to be rooted and grounded in love, so that they may know with all the saints the breadth, the length, the height and the depth—to know what is beyond knowledge, the love of Christ, so as to be filled with all the fullness of God. The gate that gives entry into these riches of his wisdom is the cross; because it is a narrow gate, while many seek the joys that can be gained through it, it is given to few to desire to pass through it.