Articles from April, 2017

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The Real Catherine the Great


Saint Catherine of Siena, born in 1347, and who died on this day in 1380, was in no uncertain terms a remarkable woman.  Born into a family of 22 (!!) children (yes, all from the same parents without technological help), half of whom sadly died, Catherine showed signs of her uniqueness at an early age, eschewing the normal activities of young people, not least any interest in romance and marriage.  Interiorly, at the tender age of seven by her biographer, ... (Continue reading)

Today is a double memorial:  Saint Peter Chanel, who evangelized the island of Futuna, at at time when its residents had never heard of Christianity.  He was tireless and indefatigable in the midst of very difficult and discouraging conditions, and, like many martyrs, was already a saint before he was put to death. It seems that the King, Niuliki, was moved to jealousy when his own son desired baptism.  Like many rulers before and since, he thought that Christianity would ... (Continue reading)

Income, Guaranteed to Fail

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They are rolling out guaranteed income in three test communities in Ontario (Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay), along with a few jurisdictions in the United States and Europe. For those who have remained nescient of this magical money phenomenon, the premise is quite simple:  The government provides every household in the region, regardless of income, whether rich or poor, a certain amount of money every month, with which you can do what you will. This may sound too good to be ... (Continue reading)

C.S. Lewis Revisited


Arguably the two most influential Christian apologists of the twentieth century were G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. Both were accomplished essayists, novelists, poets, and converts from atheism. Chesterton’s conversion came first, and by the admission of Lewis it was Chesterton’s great tome The Everlasting Man that influenced his own conversion. Chesterton became a Catholic, Lewis an Anglican. But that is not the reason I rank Chesterton over Lewis. I do not mean to slight Lewis when I say that Chesterton ... (Continue reading)

The Eyes of the Heart: A Movie Review of “Prince of Foxes”

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  Year:  1949  Filming:  Black & White  Length:  107 minutes  Genre:  Adventure/Drama/History/Swashbuckler  Maturity:  PG (for intense thematic elements) Cast:  Tyrone Power (Andrea Orsini), Orson Welles (Cesare Borgia), Wanda Hendrix (Camilla Verano), Marina Berti (Angela Borgia), Everett Sloane (Mario Belli), Felix Aylmer (Count Marc Antonio Verano), Katina Paxinou (Mona Constanza Zoppo), Eduardo Ciannelli (Art Dealer) Director:  Henry King  Personal Rating:  5 Stars ***      In case you haven’t noticed by now, I am quite a fan of swashbucklers, and have been since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. My dad and ... (Continue reading)

France’s Malaise

France's Malaise

Thus endeth another Easter Octave, the week of Sundays that the Church offers us to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, with another 40 days of slightly more subdued celebrations ('Easter weekdays') to follow.  That whole 'rising from the dead' really did change the whole world, and our view of it, which is why writing about the 'news', even  must always be put into perspective.  All things are passing, God never changeth, wrote the great Theresa of Avila.  So set your ... (Continue reading)

A Reflection on Populism and Popularity


As we journeyed through the darkness of Holy Week to the great solemnity of Easter, with the acclamations given to Christ before his humiliating and ignominious death, I was pondering the Holy Father’s recent condemnation of “populism” as “evil.” Certainly, he could not have meant that popularity itself was evil. Christ was popular, for a time, before the crowds turned on him. Pope Saint John Paul II was also popular, and amongst his many and varied accomplishments, also has the ... (Continue reading)

The Greatest Sermon of Saint Fidelis


Today is the feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, whose original name was Mark Rey:  His names comes from his birthplace, with the Fidelis his name in religion, after he joined the Capuchins in the first decade of the 1600's, as Shakespeare was writing his sonnets and plays in England just after the Elizabethan era, and the so-called 'Reformation' at its height. Mark's first job was as a lawyer, in which task he was known for honesty, and his work for ... (Continue reading)

Une Autre Terrorisme Attaque

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(There are another terrorist attack in France yesterday, in Paris, near the Champs D'Elysees, a police officer targeted and killed with the usual suspect, ISIS, claiming responsibility.  To be more particular, it was a lone gunman, who had already been arrested, spending 15 years in jail for the attempted murder of two other police officers in 2001.  I suppose France will never learn, or at least learn the hard way. You see, ISIS and Islamic terrorism in general, need not ... (Continue reading)

Britain Goin’ It Alone


Prime Minister Therea May in Britain has just called an early election, hoping for a mandate to lead Britain out of the European Union. Pundits, to say nothing of British citizens, are widely divided on the effects of departure, on Britain, Europe and the world. Financial disaster, riots in the street, or improved stability and increased national fervour. When questions like this arise, it is wise to go first to the essence, the nub, of the question: What is the proper ... (Continue reading)

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