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No Harvard Anywhere, and Other Notes


Stephen Gordon argues that it is a good thing that Canada does not have an ‘elite’ university like Harvard (and, by extension one may presume, no ‘ivy league’ universities at all).  His argument, from my brief perusal, is that everyone should benefit from a university education, since it leads to higher salaries, which is why Canada’s socialist centres of higher education all strive for the same bland socialist level:  No one excels, and, lo and behold, everyone does well! The ... (Continue reading)

The Indomitable Hilary of Poitiers

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Today is the feast of Saint Hilary of Poitiers (310-367), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who was such a brilliant foe of the fourth century heresy that denied the divinity of Christ he is known as the Malleus Arianorum, the Hammer of the Arians. The main part of his life follows upon the Council of Nicaea in 325 which condemned the Arian heresy by declaring Christ to be homo-ousois (consubstantial), of the 'same being' as the Father. The heresy ... (Continue reading)

Marguerite Bourgeoys and What Canada May Yet Be


Today is the feast of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700), founder of the Congregation of Notre-Dame, and founder also of the first official schools in Canada.  A missionary from France, she faced difficulties in her first years in Quebec City before going to Ville-Marie (now Montreal), where she started in the first elementary school, free of charge, in an abandoned stone stable. This was in an era when every female religious was cloistered, and there were attempts to unite her new ... (Continue reading)

Of Death and Baptism

Source: CNN

Another day, yet another terrorist attack, this time in Israel, where a Palestinian, an 'ISIS sympathizer', drove a truck through a squad of Israeli soldiers, backing over his victims, before being shot to death by Israeli soldiers and a 'tour guide'.  Hmm.  Even the tour guides are armed in lsrael, which is always on edge.  But how does one guard against an enemy within one's midst, where every vehicle is a weapon of mass destruction?  Ideological and cultural borders will ... (Continue reading)

Saint John Neumann and Bishops


Today is the feast of Saint John Neumann, born in Bulgaria, but who  travelled to the United States in 1836 to seek ordination since there were ‘too many priests’ in his native country (remember those days?).  Having already completed his seminary studies, he was ordained in New York city, and, after some difficult years as a diocesan priest, joined the Redemptorists for a more complete community life. His zeal, holiness and indefatigable work amongst the streams of immigrants (Bishop Neumann ... (Continue reading)

Of 2017, and the Continuing Struggle of and with Islam

Source: The Daily Mail.

Ringing in the new year of 2017, rife with predictions from seers and others on what might happen during this 100th anniversary of the Fatima revelations, has already seen its troubling signs.  One thousand or so 'migrants' from sub-Saharan Africa tried to storm the border, rushing and fighting their way into southern Spain.  They fought with riot police with rocks and clubs, but were turned back. What happens when they return with rifles and grenade launchers?  I am not sure ... (Continue reading)

Of Holy Families, Peace and Good Will Toward Men


Today's feast of the Holy Family reminds us of the fundamental importance of this 'basic building block' of each and every society, not just Catholic ones.  Although Christian revelation and practice elevate and perfect the family unit, making it a true ecclesia domestica, a kind of domestic Church, there can be no society at all without the family even at a natural level:  Husband, wife and children. Any deviation from this ideal leads to some level of diminution in society, ... (Continue reading)

Of Silence, Saint Death and Saint John


Feel free to peruse an article I just finished on Shuasku Endo's controversial novel Silence, published in 1966, and now soon to be released as a major Hollywood production.  The book follows a Jesuit missionary, Sebastian Rodrigues, forced to choose between apostasy, and saving a whole group of people being tortured.  The tale analyzes the nature of  faith, evangelization and love.  The 'controversial' bit is that Endo seems to imply that apostasy can in fact be the deepest form ... (Continue reading)

Pope John Paul II’s Final Christmas Address


For putting us spiritually into the Christmas spirit, here is the Pope Saint John Paul II's final Christmas address, from 2004, which seems now almost like another universe:  The world has changed, but also still much the same, and the words of the saintly Pope echo through time, unto eternity: 1. Christus natus est nobis, venite, adoremus! Christ is born for us: come, let us adore him! On this solemn day we come to you, tender Babe of Bethlehem. By your birth ... (Continue reading)

Christmas Terror


As a number of pundits have predicted, there was a terrorist attack in Berlin, at a Christmas festival, with a multi-ton 'lorry' smashing full speed into a stall selling mulled wine. Eleven people were killed by the truck, with scores wounded, some severely, and a twelfth victim, the operator of the truck, killed by an Islamic hijacker, who careened it into the market.   Just today, we heard that the alleged perpetrator was shot and killed by police in Milan, after ... (Continue reading)

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