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Pedro de Alcantara & Iron Nun

São Pedro de Alcântara

Sir or Madam,

I have the tile panel as depicted in the photo attachment. It is a copy of a panel in the chapel of São Pedro de Alcântara [St. Peter of Alcantara] in Lisbon.

I have found some information on the Franciscan Friar whom the chapel venerates, but have not been able to find information on the story/event the panel commemorates. Would you be able to help me find the meaning behind the tile panel? I would greatly appreciate any information or lead you could provide.

     Thank you so much,


Panel Sao Pedro Alcantara


TIA responds:


The panel you sent us is one of the panels commemorating the life of St. Peter of Alcantara. As you noted, it is on one of the walls of the Church of the Monastery of São Pedro de Alcantara in Lisboa.

Although we did not find a specific explanation of that panel, a simple analysis of the scene it represents raises some thoughts.

The Saint is kneeling in front of a Monastery and showing one of his companions standing at his side two baskets: one with fish and another with bread. A group of Franciscans comes to the door of the Monastery to witness the event, while two Angels leave the scene.

The ensemble suggests that the Franciscan-Capuchin Monastery was without food and that the Saint asked God to supply for the needs of its Friars. A miracle took place and the panel commemorates it.

Below, we reproduce other photos of the Church to show our readers how the panels are arranged in it. You can enjoy viewing other close ups of that Monastery by visiting this collection of photos.


     TIA correspondence desk

Convento dos Franciscanos - Igreja Sao Pedro de Alcantara


Unilateral No-Fault Divorce

Dear Margaret,

I saw your report “Chile Shows Discontent with the Pope.” I share all the concerns you described in your article.

With the non-profit organization Mary’s Advocates, I work to reduce unilateral no-fault divorce and support those who are unjustly abandoned. In unilateral no-fault divorce, those who control the split of everything, view marriage obligations in a way that is diametrically opposed to the Christian and Catholic understanding. In no-fault divorce, no distinction is made between the party who reneges on the marriage promises, and the party who is counting on those promises to be upheld.

The USCCB, National Catholic Register, Pewsitter, and LifeSite News have publicized our work. I presented a paper in Rome at a symposium with welcome letter by Cardinal Raymond Burke. Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, and EWTN have had me as a guest on their shows.

Can I send you an introductory info about our resources so you can share with others?

     Sincerely Yours in Christ,


PS – My last two blog entries were about misinformation about marriage coming from those who should know better. Catholic U. Professor Fr. John Beal, Condoning no-fault divorce

Bai Macfarlane
Mary’s Advocates


Rotten Vatican Finances


When we read about the Vatican, instead of expecting a manifestation of holiness – as there should be – we receive bad news of growing corruption. Nothing is more consistent with this New Conciliar Church that adores man and the world, instead of God.

Below you see another symptom of corruption, this time in the Holy See’s finances.

      Keep up the good work. You are making a difference.


Former US ambassador Glendon resigns from Vatican bank board

VATICAN CITY – February 16, 2018 - The former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, has resigned from the board of the Vatican bank in the latest vote of no-confidence in the bank's efforts to turn itself around.

The Institute for Religious Works said Friday that Glendon was leaving to “devote more time to other Catholic causes.” But her departure follows the still unexplained firing of the bank's respected deputy manager, Giulio Mattietti. Vatican officials have been unusually mum about the mysterious dismissal, as well as reports of internal dissatisfaction with the remaining bank management.

Glendon, a Harvard University law professor, had been U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 2007-2009 and joined the board of the IOR as it worked to clean up its decades-long reputation for scandal and mismanagement.

Original here


Defending the Iron Nun


Re: Running the Race on this Earth

“Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3

I realize Dr. Marian Horvat takes great issue with the choices that Sister Madonna Buder has made with her vocation. I also realize that this is certainly something Dr. Horvat believes that she has the right to do. I question, however, her choice to do so by directing personal and belittling insults at Sister Buder.

“Scrawny-legged old woman”
“Scraggly, bony limbs”
“Gollum-limbed woman”

Was it absolutely necessary to write this article utilizing such unkind and uncharitable language? Could not Dr. Horvat have made her points without personally attacking Sr Buder's appearance? Such an approach makes Dr. Horvat appear petty and jealous, while it completely undermines her arguments. Instead of coming across as someone who is concerned about the state of religious orders in our day, Dr. Horvat seems haughty and judgmental. Surely, that was not her intent.

Perhaps Dr Horvat needs to reread some of her own work on civility and manners.


TIA responds:

Mr. E.M.,

Thank you for taking the time to read Dr. Horvat’s article and to write your critique.

You personally attack her for making personal attacks against someone like the Iron Nun who is doing wrong things. Following your logic, you should also be upset with any Catholic who would criticize Luther for a gluttony that was so remarkable it made him look like a pig. Or criticize Marx for the fact he was extremely dirty in his personal hygiene. According to you, Catholics should be polite even when dealing with the enemies of the Church.

Now then, this presupposition that Catholic should not personally attack their enemies is a liberal maxim, as brilliantly demonstrated here by Fr. Salva y Salvany.

So, when you take this position, you are not advocating good manners in a Catholic society. You are just attacking Dr. Horvat because you identify personally with the progressivists aims of Sister Buder.

Further, covered by this supposed shield of “courtesy for the evil,” you did not lose one opportunity to personally attack Dr. Horvat. Indeed, you called her petty, jealous – jealous of what? Of Sr. Buder’s elderly appearance? – haughty and judgmental. Now, if you were really concerned about not personally attacking others – even those who are bad – why did you do so with someone who is good? By taking this position, you incurred your own condemnation, Mr. E.M. Is it not a hypocritical position to ignore your own contradiction?

You also revealed whom you really hate and whom you really love. The Scripture says “Where your treasure is, there is your heart.” (Matt 6:21) So, applying this rule, we see that your love and your treasure lie with Progressivism, not with the real Catholic Church.

We hope next time you will be more careful in the application of your liberal principles of courtesy…


     TIA correspondence desk


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Posted March 1, 2018

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