(I)f there is no ultimate truth to guide and direct political activity, then ideas and convictions can easily be manipulated for reasons of power. As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism. (Pope Saint John Paul II, Centesimus Annus)

Editor's Corner

Sunday, and Pre-Election Thoughts

A blessed and glorious Sunday to all our readers... Today's Gospel speaks of Christ's 'elect' - that is, His chosen, which in the end means...

Crux Stat, Dum Volvitur Orbis

Saint Paul of the Cross (+1775), the second of sixteen children, grew up in poverty in rural Italy, knowing the value of things, and...

Darkness and Pronouns

And thick darkness shall cover the land...The widespread blackouts in Manitoba and California - regions which otherwise share almost nothing else in common -...

Ignatius’ Bread and Canada’s Weed

Saint Ignatius of Antioch (+107) joyfully 'went to the lions', as the saying goes, meeting his martyrdom in the Coliseum, perhaps less than a...

Four Saints in One

We celebrate a veritable panoply of saints today: In Canada, we have the memorial of Saint Marguerite D’Youville (+1771), a lovely French Canadian mademoiselle,...

Nota in Brevis

Darkness and Pronouns

And thick darkness shall cover the land...The widespread blackouts in Manitoba and California - regions which otherwise share almost nothing else in common -...

Ignatius’ Bread and Canada’s Weed

Saint Ignatius of Antioch (+107) joyfully 'went to the lions', as the saying goes, meeting his martyrdom in the Coliseum, perhaps less than a...

All Too Human Saints and Prophets

A blessed Sunday to all our readers, on which we always commemorate Christ's resurrection and triumph over decay and destruction, trampling death for all...

A Time to Give Thanks, and a Time to Vote

A blessed and joyous Thanksgiving to all our readers, a greeting which we would have offered earlier, but some technical glitches got in the...

Denis, Leonardi and Newman

We have two saints on the universal calendar today, and one blessed yet to be put thereon, who will be canonized this Sunday. In historical...