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Media, Bought and Sold


The mercantile nature of journalism has finally come full circle, as the newspapers (well, given that many publish in other media, we should call them 'news sources') are now begging for public subsidies. (Continue reading)

Mirth, according to Saint Thomas Aquinas


On this feast of a 'mirthy' saint, it is a propos to take a brief glance at what Saint Thomas says about this most Christian of attitudes towards life: Joy in the simple things:   Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologica Question 168, Article 4. Whether there is a sin in lack of mirth? I answer that, In human affairs whatever is against reason is a sin. Now it is against reason for a man to be burdensome to others, by offering no pleasure to others, and by hindering ... (Continue reading)

True Love, Post Holiday, Beyond Emotion

family love

Each year between January and March, my family moves out into the wide world. Some of us go to college, others go to work, and the rest of us fall into the travel plans wherever we might be useful. Then, usually sometime in November, my family returns from our travels across the country and hops back into life as one big happy family in Alabama. My dad and my brother-in-law both work jobs that require a lot of travel in ... (Continue reading)

Silence and the Clericalism of Fr. Rodrigues


Father Scott Murray Scorsese’s film adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s Silence is true to the original. In fact, I don’t believe I have ever seen a movie that so closely follows its source. There are, of course, small changes and not all of Fr. Rodrigues’ interior monologues and narrations make their way into the film, but the plot is unchanged and nearly all of the novel’s dialogues are present. For me, having read the novel more than once, this fidelity to the ... (Continue reading)

Discouragement in Prayer

prayer courage

Discouragement has to be one of the most debilitating feelings. It's not so much depressing as it is zapping of any kind of energy that you had to pursue your goal. It can come in many forms: your plans are foiled, the promotion at work did not come, or you feel as if everything you do doesn't quite work out. There is also discouragement in prayer: you pray and pray and pray and nothing seems to happen; you feel as ... (Continue reading)

The Wrath of Agha Khan’s Island

trump and agha

One can only hope that Justin Trudeau's sense of entitlement and noblesse is finally catching up to him.  Even the secular media, who have placed their halo around his hallowed locks, are in consternation at his bizarre New Year's holiday on the private island of Agha Khan, whose full name and title are Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the 49th and current Imam of Nizari Islamism, which accounts for about 20% of the world's Shia Muslims, in the minority compared ... (Continue reading)

Why Children (and Adults!) Should Learn Latin

Pius XII Latin

Whenever the census in Canada rolls round, I suspect that I am one of the few people who, in the box where one reports languages spoken in the home, must honestly write Latin. Since the birth of my first of four sons seven years ago, I have spoken almost entirely in Latin to them. Why? Not because I am passing on a family tradition. I grew up speaking English. I began learning Latin when I was seventeen. That year I entered ... (Continue reading)

The Church Will Become Smaller…


From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge—a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes, so will she lose many of her social privileges. In contrast to an earlier age, she will be seen much more as a voluntary society, ... (Continue reading)

The Purpose of Beauty


Like many people, I have a love affair with old churches. I lived in Rome a few years ago, and I am surprised I was at all coherent during that period. The wealth of churches—small ones down little cobblestoned side streets, gloriously gaudy ones at the end of large piazzas, and sparse haunting ones with so much history you could almost feel the weight of it—were quite literally everywhere I turned, and left me either speechless or in desperate need ... (Continue reading)

PTSD, Violence and Responsibility


Another day, another shooting, this time on American soil, at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Details are still forthcoming, but the alleged perpetrator is a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq war, who claimed the government was controlling his mind, a victim of the ubiquitous and catch-all  diagnosis of 'PTSD'. He was permitted to check a firearm, which he used to gun down a number of people in the baggage claims, apparently at random in cold blood, after which he ... (Continue reading)

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