Paul set no store by the things that fill our visible world, any more than a man sets value on the withered grass of the field. As for tyrannical rulers or the people enraged against him, he paid them no more heed than gnats. Death itself and pain and whatever torments might come were but child’s play to him, provided that thereby he might bear some burden for the sake of Christ. (Saint John Chrysostom, +407)

Editor's Corner

Timothy, Titus and Episcopal Reckoning

A blessed memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, co-workers of Saint Paul, both of them ordained by him into the early episcopacy of the...

Rinse and Repeat By Rote

Great is the power of constant repetition So wrote David Foster in his Philosophical Scientists, a slim but powerful treatise dispelling some of the basic...

Saint Francis de Sales and the Joy of Salvation

It would be ironic if on this feast of the patron saint of writers, as well as this week dedicated to Christian unity, we...

Agnes the Pure and Chaste

'Tis incumbent upon us in these days, so inimical to anything chaste and pure, to remind ourselves of the genius of the feminine and...

Fabian, Sebastian and God’s Choices

Pope Fabian (+250) was put to death on this day in the persecution of Emperor Decius, for refusing to offer idolatrous sacrifice, and this...

Nota in Brevis

M.D. – Doctores Mortis, Which is to Say, Doctors of Death

The 'most rewarding work she has ever done'. So Dr. Ellen Wiebe describes her practice - such as it is - as a specialist in...

Rabbie Burns!

A joyful Rabbie Burns' Day from this Scotsman to all our Scots and would-be Scots readers, which, taken together, includes just about all o'...

Francis de Sales: A Saint for Our Times

Today, Tuesday 24 January 2023, is the feast of the French Saint St Francis de Sales. Born in the castle of Sales, on 21...

Pope Benedict and the Week for Christian Unity

From Wednesday 18th till Wednesday 25th of January - the feast of the conversion of Saint Paul - we are celebrating the Week of...

Just Do It

On this day in 1977, after a ten year hiatus, capital punishment resumed again in the United States, with the execution by firing squad...