Skeletons and Resurrection   Sedlec Ossuary and the Modern Paradox of Death...

        “It is quite impossible for a thinking being to imagine nonbeing, a cessation of thought and life. In this sense everyone carries the proof...

Boring Sermons: A Thomistic Take

Why Sermons are Boring   Daniel Callam, C.S.B. In moving offices recently I found, between my copies of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, a long-lost...

18th Sunday: The Canon of Holy Mass

For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. (Jn 6:33) As we listen to our Lord’s Eucharistic...

Catholic Teaching: Counter-Cultural and Necessary

(by John Baldino) Many of the teachings, traditions and practices of the Catholic Church are in contrast to the beliefs, habits and norms of modern...

Of Severed Heads, Pronoun Wars and Canaries

An Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero, is planning to head up the first human body-head transplant, taking the head from a man, Valery Spiridonov, who...

Pilgrim Eagle: A Review of Charles A. Coulombe’s History Text Puritan’s Empire

  “This above all: To thine own self be true.”   -William Shakespeare       Puritan’s Empire by Charles A. Coulombe is a unique tour-de-force of American history from a Catholic...

Korea on the Brink: Holiness or Tragedy?

Today is the feast of the martyrs of Korea, led by the indomitable convert priest, Father Andrew Kim Taegon, tortured and beheaded in 1846...

On the Lord’s Appearing: A Review

(From the archives, but always new, here is a review of an excellent book by Father Jonathan Robinson, provost of the Toronto Oratory.  A...

A Hallowed Eve: The Spiritual and Cultural Traditions of Halloween  

Halloween has always been a complicated holiday, laced together with many threads of different spiritual traditions and cultural customs. It has always stirred up...

Festival and Ferial, by Anna Rist: A Review

Festival and Ferial Anna Rist Kaufmann Publishing, St. Simon’s Island , 2014 ISBN : 978-0-9905329-3-4   In one of his Odes (IV.2) Horace describes the danger of trying to...