Theresa of Avila: 500 years

(I was hoping to post this article on the great 16th century Carmelite reformer Saint Theresa of Avila, the 500th anniversary of whose birth...

Life is Not a Fairy Tale

When a person gets everything that she wants, when she has all the things that she thinks she needs, and life is being wonderfully...

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Since you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of His Son, the Spirit who cries out: Abba, Father....

Water in the Wasteland: Unexpected Elements of Hope and Redemption in Television...

I am the kind of person who sometimes derives hope from unusual things. As a lover of stories, I often will comment that a...

The Governor General’s Hubris and Anti-Intellectualism

  On November 1, Governor General (GG) Julie Payette was a keynote speaker at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa.  She touched upon a...

Against Organized Religion

             In 1999 it was estimated that 24 million Americans—almost one in 10—do not admit allegiance to any particular faith denomination according to a...

Ordination and Marriage in Hitchcock’s ‘I Confess’

(This analysis of Alfred Hitchock's film noir classic 'I Confess' offers some key insights, but, as a caveat, also gives away elements of the...

Saint Cyril and Our Lady

Today is the traditional feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, signified in one of the most famous ‘icons’ of the Virgin Mother, which,...

Tales of Canterbury

I hurtle in one of France’s TGV’s towards Rome, with ancient, stone-built French villages blurring by, nestled quite naturally in the breathtaking beauty of...

The Catholic Roots of Modern Science

A strange myth has evolved through recent centuries alleging that the Catholic Church was forever the enemy of science, and that it set out...