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Of Japanese Martyrs, Hotel Refugee and Orthodox Reunion

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*The migrant/refugee debacle continues, with assaults, rapes and (so far, thankfully foiled) terrorist plots in Germany, Sweden and other countries, who have bent on an emotional and irrational desire to welcome all and sundry from Syria and other war-torn regions.  As I have written before, there is nothing wrong and indeed much good with the motivation to assist those less fortunate, but this must be guided by reason, by policies shaped with a 'strong juridical framework', as Pope John Paul ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis January 13th: Of Bridges and Boondoggle

Nota in Brevis January 13th:  Of Bridges and Boondoggle

Just don't slow down as you cross... *Ah, the public boondoggle waste of our tax dollars continues by an incompetent Ontario government run by our disordered Premier:  A main bridge on the Trans-Canada, built but a scarce two months ago to the tune of $106 million, collapsed on the weekend, forcing the closure of the only land route across Canada.  Trucks and cars had to take a 12 hour, yes, 12 hour, ... (Continue reading)

Nota In Brevis, January 7th: Of Hydrogen and Cultural Time Bombs

Nota In Brevis, January 7th:  Of Hydrogen and Cultural Time Bombs

*A Happy New Year to all of our readers, and may 2016 bring you all many joys and blessings, even if there are a few crosses and sufferings along the way.  As the Catechism reminds us in the words of Saint Rose of Lima “apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven”.  So climb way, way up. *This first week of the year began ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis, December 15th: Trudeau, Trump and Refugees

*The photo op of Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne welcoming Syrian refugees at Pearson airport warmed the cockles of many hearts.  There was Prime Minister Trudeau, offering a parka to one poor soul stepping off the plane, stating the obvious that 'it gets cold in Canada'.  No kidding, eh?  And the current refugees are being spared the worst of it, with this bizarrely, but welcome, warm winter, due, one may suppose, ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis, December 12th. Our Lady of Guadalupe, et al.

*Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, declared patroness of the Americas, and bumped up to a feast day, by Pope Saint John Paul II.  The image left on the tilma in those December days of 1531 resist scientific explanation to this day.  No one knows why the frail tilma has not decomposed, nor how the image, which apparently 'floats' above the fibres, retains its vibrant colour and almost life-like quality.  The shrine on Tepeyac hill in Mexico ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis, December 9th

*Buried in the headlines is the notice that at least 30 Afghanis are dead, killed in an attack by the Taliban at Kandahar airport.  God rest their souls, and so goes life if you are unfortunate enough to live in a fundamentalist Islamic backwater almost devoid of the rule of law, except so-called Sharia 'law'. I am still puzzled over our, and America's, mission there, or was that a 'war'?  What exactly did we accomplish with our sacrifice of men, ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis, December 4th

*Today is the memorial of Saint John Damascene, who lived in what is in now Syria and died on this day in 749, in a land that even back then, in the early days of Muslim expansion, lived under Islamic domination.  A polymath, gifted in many subjects, he was a great foe of the then-rampant iconoclast heresy, claiming that any sacred images (indeed, images in general) were evil and idolatrous.  So we can ask his intercession for Syria.  It is ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis November 30th

Nota in Brevis November 30th

Today is the feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle, brother of Saint Peter, patron of Scotland, Russia, Ukraine and Greece, for what reason are somewhat historically obscure.  Here is the Wikipedia take on the matter, whether accurate or not: According to legend, in 832 AD, Óengus II led an army of Picts and Scots into battle against the Angles, led by Æthelstan, near modern-day AthelstanefordEast Lothian. The legend states that he was heavily outnumbered ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis November 25

Nota in Brevis November 25

I am not surprised: Peter Jackson now admits that he made up the Hobbit trilogy more or less as it went along.  From the very start, I was suspicious of taking a relatively small children's book (we would say 'young adult' nowadays, I suppose), and making a full three two-plus hour movies out if such slender fare.  As Jackson puts it: You’re going on to a set and you’re winging it, you’ve ... (Continue reading)

Nota in Brevis, November 20th

Masked, armed Muslims stormed the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, taking 170 hostages.  As I write, there is an operation underway to free them, but I suppose we should get used to this, and not just in Islamic countries like Mali.  The tentacles of the ideology of ISIS, a virulent form of Islam, which bears many similarities to the early days of the 'religion of peace', spread pretty much all over the world, even in our own 'peace-keeping' Canada.  It ... (Continue reading)

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