Albert the Great, Theologian and Scientist

Saint Albert (1200-1280), whose life spans what William Walsh called the 'greatest of centuries' was himself, even during his own lifetime, given that title,...

Mother Cabrini’s Legacy

In the United States, November 13th is the memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, or 'Mother Cabrini' (1850 - 1917) as she came to...

Saint Thomas and Merit

(Here is, for your perusal, Saint Thomas' teaching on charity - or divine-like love, 'willing the good' - is the principle of merit, rather...

Martin’s Martial Memorial

Once the most well-known and beloved of saints, Martin, Bishop of Tours, overlaps with what we now know more commonly as Remembrance Day, which...

The Cleansing Fire of Purgatory

Now He is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to Him all of them are alive. (Lk. 20:38) As we approach...

God and the Five Senses

A priest I knew many years ago opposed to the move from Latin to English in the prayers and readings at Mass. “For,” he...

Pope Benedict on Today’s Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran

BENEDICT XVI ANGELUS St Peter's Square Sunday, 9 November 2008 Dear Brothers and Sisters, The liturgy today has us celebrate the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, called the "mother...

The Dedication of Saint John Lateran: A Call to Holiness

Brothers and sisters, you are God’s building. ... For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Cor 3:9, 17) November 9th, just before...

The Faith is All or None

(I may write more on the recent headline, which comes not as a surprise, that most 'Catholics' - and one must use that term...

Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Yes, it's Guy Fawkes Day, when the English people of a certain religious persuasion - or of none...