The world mounts a double attack on the soldiers of Christ. It wheedles in order to lead them astray; but it also terrifies, in order to break them. Let us not be held fast by our own pleasures, let us not be terrified by someone else’s cruelty, and the world has been vanquished (Saint Augustine, on the feast of Saint Vincent, the martyr)

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Vincent, Roe, Good from Evil

Saint Vincent the Deacon (+304), who suffered grievous tortures witnessing to his Catholic faith under the Diocletian persecution, is a providential saint for this...

Saint Agnes and True Feminity

Today, the universal Church celebrates the memorial of Saint Agnes, a young Virgin Martyr, who perished by the sword under the reign of Diocletian...

Fabian and Sebastian’s Choice

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

Tolkien’s Legacy

The death of Christopher Tolkien as a nonagenarian ends a legacy, for it was this youngest son of the great J.R.R. that took –...

Abbot Anthony’s Narrow Path

Saint Anthony is commonly called 'the Abbot', or Anthony ‘of Egypt’, where he retreated to the wilderness as a young man to live completely...

Nota in Brevis

A Day of Life and A Day of Reckoning

President Trump has declared today, January 22nd, the memorial of Saint Vincent the Martyr, as ‘National Sanctity of Human Life Day’ – something called...

Sunday Musical Offerings

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Thoughts on a Frigid Morn

It is minus 38 or so in Edmonton, without wind chill, too cold even for the penguins in their zoo; they have multiple feet...

The Costa and Celibacy

Pope Emeritus Benedict and Cardinal Sarah have just released a book in defence of clerical celibacy, just as Pope Francis is pondering relaxing the...

Memento Mori

A blessed and joyous feast of the Baptism of the Lord, commemorating the beginning of Christ’s public ministry which, as more than exegete has...