Lessons from Kolbe and Auschwitz

To be honest, I was not fully aware until I came to Auschwitz a few years ago while on pilgrimage in Poland that there...

You’ve Been Googled

James Damore, an engineer at Google (or should I say former engineer at Google) was fired recently for sending around a memo criticizing his company's...

Domini-Canes

Today is the feast of Saint Dominic, who died on the sixth of August, 1221, having founded one of the great and glorious religious...

Sixtus II, Pope and Martyr

A blessed memorial of Pope Saint Sixtus II and Companion Martyrs, who were beheaded along with six of his deacons in witness to the...

The Cure of Ars: A Model for Priests

On this day, August 4th, in 1859, the world witnessed the passing into eternity of a most remarkable man, a simple country priest, who...

Of Irenicism and Arachnids

I have been asked by a reader to comment on two recent Ottawa-related themes: The first is our Prime Minister's participation in the rites and...

Ignatius and his Society

Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) whom we celebrate on this last day of July, in some ways belongs more to the early days of...

Bach’s Musical Offering

Today marks the 267th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach, who passed into eternity this day in 1750, after a rather barbaric...

Saint James and the Reconquista

Before we leave Saint James the Greater and polygamy behind for now, two further factoids that came across my attention:  It seems the Mormons...

Joachim and Anne’s Immaculate Conception

I am the Immaculate Conception These are the words Our Lady said to Saint Bernadette Sobirous, when asked by the young saint who she was....