Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Serendipity of Marriage

I attended a winter wedding this past weekend, something I have the honour and privilege of doing more often than most (attend weddings, that...

Mirth, according to Saint Thomas Aquinas

On this feast of a 'mirthy' saint, it is a propos to take a brief glance at what Saint Thomas says about this most...

Laudato Si: A Commentary on Magisterial Ecology

In light of Pope Francis' call for September 1st to be a day dedicated to prayer for the environment and ecology, here is a...

A Tough Habit to Break

  Religious life is habit-forming. Though this is a play on words, the sentiment is accurate. In the culture of Roman Catholicism, mere mention of...

Mass Ad Orientem: A Ten Year Old’s Impression

(From the archives, but still highly relevant. Editor) On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, my ten-year-old daughter went to church with me....

Random Reflections on Jacques Maritain

Recently I was startled to realize, it being so uneasy a reminder of my own mortality, that the eminent French philosopher Jacques Maritain has...

The Church and China

It was a dramatic scene: venerable Cardinal Zen, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, a lifelong foe and survivor of Communism in China, a spiritual...

Will it be God or Mammon?

The headlines the other day declared in apocalyptic terms that one trillion dollars had gone up in smoke for the worldwide economy when Donald...

Herod, The Baptist and Conformity to the World

While I was away, relishing the world God has created (see my last post), we celebrated the memorial of the beheading of Saint John...

McLuhan Amongst Moralists: A Retrospective

This retrospective column, from the great professor David Dooley, no stranger to readers of these pages, is curiously prescient in its view of technology,...