Scotland’s Last Martyr

We're a bit late on re-posting this piece, on the last martyr of the 'Reformation' - a term which I generally put in scare...

Pope Paul VI in Praise of Women

A young mother lightly remonstrated with me about my diatribe on Women's Day, claiming that the post did not emphasize enough the positive and...

Simplifying in Lent

One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come,...

The Dilemmas of Atheism

“When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).The following random reflections on atheism address what many...

Frost and Fire: A Lenten Poem

To have the soul of a poet Lord,To have one that feels to the depths.The gaping wide hole in my soul LordThe sadness and...

Good and Bad Fruit

Eighth Sunday Per Annum (C) March 3, 2019.No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each...

Frankenstein’s Creation

No mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I...

The Cult of Sentimentalism

“A sentimentalist is one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.” Oscar WildeStuffed animals, flickering candles, cello-wrapped flowers, unfocussed...

Divine Friendship

Our Gospel reading today is a continuation of last Sunday’s reading. You recall that in the beatitudes Our Lord invites us to tread the...

Forgive our Sins as We Forgive

I’ve been hearing confessions, now, for over fifty years, and I have noticed that there is one sin that comes up more than any...