With unceasing blows of healing chisel and careful stripping away, the divine Artificer seeks to prepare stones to build an eternal dwelling... In the same way, our heavenly Father works on chosen souls who, from all eternity, by his supreme wisdom and providence, have been destined for building up the eternal dwelling. (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, +1968)

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The Indomitable Faith of Taegon, and Korea

Catholicism was brought to Korea by scholars in the 18th century, via books written in Chinese. When missionaries arrived in the early 19th century,...

Bellarmine, Clear in Mind and Soul

In the midst of the theological confusion in which our Church is mired, we could use a few more men with the clear, disciplined...

Cornelius, Cyprian, Schisms and Apostasies

Saint Cornelius was Pope for a scant two years in the third century, elected in 251, fighting against his fellow bishop Novatian, who declared...

O Crux Ave, Spes Unica

The Exaltation of the Cross - so it has been termed in the liturgical revisions after Vatican II - dates back to the time...

The Man with the Golden Mouth

Saint John Chrysostom (+407) is a model bishop, a doctor of the Church, an ascetic and contemplative monk who wanted only to retreat from...

Nota in Brevis

Joyful Pio and Angry Greta

Before we leave Padre Pio in the liturgical rearview mirror, an anecdote that sort of captures the man, who lived his Faith, as do...

Oxymoronic Synodality, Blackface and Green Truancy

'Binding synodality' we add to the list of oxymorons - those obviously incompatible concepts that people still stick together. Synods, that is, gatherings of...

Pope Francis’ Problematical Flexibility

I’m not sure what to make of the Holy Father’s most recent comments, again on an airplane back to Rome, from his papal visit...

Despair, Hope and the Rosary

In honour of the Blessed Virgin, we might peruse Pope Saint John Paul II's encyclical on the Rosary, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, which he promulgated...

The Company We Keep

The climate-change crowd seem to be testing the bounds of sanity and, pardon the pun, good taste. A Swedish professor, a certain Magnus Söderlund has...