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Ite Ad Joseph

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Saint Joseph was proclaimed the patron of this country at its very origins, by none other than Samuel de Champlain himself, on March 19, 1624, a choice later ratified by Pope Urban VIII.  Although Canada has gone through many trials, and seems to heading for many more, like his guidance of the Holy Family, Saint Joseph will see us through, one way or the other. It is a curious parallel in providence that the secondary patrons of this country, the ... (Continue reading)

Monsignor Vincent Foy: Requiescat in Pace

(Courtesy LifeSite News)

Monsignor Vincent Foy passed away to his eternal rest on the night of March 13, after a long and fruitful life as a priest of God.  He would have turned 102 years old on the vigil of the next solemnity of the Assumption, August 14th.  I had the honour and privilege of attending his 75th anniversary of ordination in June, 2014, and thought this reflection by Terry Mc Dermott written at the time would be a most appropriate way to ... (Continue reading)

Saint Patrick’s Day after a Brief Hiatus


A very blessed and joyous Saint Patrick's Day to all our readers, after a brief hiatus due to technical issues, for which we heartily apologize. Think of it as part of your, and our, Lenten sacrifice. But anon, now that we are back in business, so to speak, I will be posting an article or two for your perusal in the next while, along with other odds and ends. And thank you for your loyalty and patience. Pax et gaudium Christi et Mariae,  jpm Editor, ... (Continue reading)

Women’s Day and the Two Trudeaus

justin and sophie

Yesterday, I alluded briefly to Sophie-Gregoire Trudeau, and how she had taken Emma Watson on a scooter ride around Ottawa upon the latter's visit to the capital city last year. One would think they would be fellow travelers in more ways than one, sharing the feminist goals and dreams, whatever they may be. Well, let me eat my words, or at least nibble them a bit. On this 'International Women's Day', Ms. Trudeau made the capital sin against feminism by ... (Continue reading)

The Long and Short of Nukes and Koreans


The North Koreans have tested yet another potentially-intercontinental missile, this one reaching scant 1000 km before crashing into the sea.  Not bad, some might say, for the impoverished country, but one uses the term ‘intercontinental’ with a grain of salt, for they have a long way to go yet.  The distance from Pyongyang to Los Angeles is 9569 km, so any long-jong missile has to have another 8000 kilometres of juice before it can hit the continental U.S.  Anchorage ... (Continue reading)

The Hope and Joy of Lent

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Today we begin the great journey of Lent, a name derived from an olde-Germanico-English word for 'spring', as in renewal, rejuvenation, a pruning and winnowing, so that new and vibrant growth may take root and flourish.  We deny our insatiable souls the pleasure of certain permitted but not necessary things, re-attune ourselves in our relationship with God through the dialogue of prayer, and force ourselves to go a bit out of our comfort zone in helping others, not least in ... (Continue reading)

M-87 and the Demise of Free Speech

. The benign face of totalitarian tendencies.

Not one MPP, yes, nary a one of our elected representatives in provincial parliament, not on Conservative, not even the much-vaunted Sam Oosterhoof and all the rest of the Conservatives, raised a voice of protest, even a token one, against the recent provincial motion M-37 condemning, you guessed it, Islamophobia.  Emotionally-driven legislating is never good at the best of times, and this is not the best of times.  Newly minted representative Nathalie Des Rosiers put forward the motion, which ... (Continue reading)

Discerning the Chair of Peter

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We celebrate the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter on this day, commemorating by synecdoche the office of the papacy, instituted by Christ, as recounted in today's Gospel from the sixteenth chapter of Saint Matthew: Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, ... (Continue reading)

The Imposition of Family Day

Ottawa Citizen

I suppose it is requisite to wish everyone a happy 'Family Day', even though my reservations with this holiday, which is not really a 'holy day', run deep.  Imposed top-down by the heavy-handed and intrusive government of Dalton McGuinty, the pre-Wynne premier, many of whose socialist and immoral policies, the ineptitude of whose government, the debt load he piled up, the boondoggles of green energy for which we are still paying in the billions, were anything but good for the ... (Continue reading)

Two Marital Extremes


Pondering the post-Valentine blues, here is a view of two opposite sides of culture that would have very difficult time cohabiting, so to speak.  In Pakistan a mob of enraged men (there seem a lot of them in that part of the world) stormed a police station, beating and shooting to death a young couple.  The leaders of this mob were members of the female side of the couple, led by her own father, and as the article relates, ... (Continue reading)

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