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Mary, Conceived without sin

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

Ambrose, the Silent Reader

Ambrose was not even baptized when in 374, as Governor of Aemilia-Liguria in northern Italy, he went to a church to quell a conflict...

Sanctus Nicholas

We know quite little of Saint Nicholas of Myra. That he was born in Myra - now in Turkey - where he was bishop most...

John of Damascus, Polymath and Iconophile

John of Damascus, or John Damascene (+749), is considered the last of the Church Fathers, that golden age, lasting for about eight or so...

Xavier the Missionary

Francis Xavier – the relic of whose forearm recently made a tour around Canada last year – was one of those remarkable men of...

Nota in Brevis

Lust, Esto Vir and Franco

Of all the sins, Saint Thomas says (II-II.153.5) that lust perverts the reason the most, its intensity – meant to bond together a man...

Catherine: Scholar, Martyr, Virgin, Saint

In one of those ironies of God's history, the patron saint of philosophers is a teenage virgin martyr from the fourth century, Catherine of Alexandria...

Clement, Columbanus and Pro

November 23rd is another of those triptych saint days, with three on offer to lift our spirits as we approach Christ the King, Advent...

Politics, Piggery and Doing One’s Duty

As the midterms make clear, the U.S. continues its continental divide, between the (ironically) red Republicans and the blue Democrats, with the former under...

Guy, Gosnell and Social Cohesion

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Yes, it is Guy Fawkes Day, when Brits of a certain religious persuasion celebrate - or used to...