A Review of Adrian Owen’s “Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border...

Imagine that you could communicate with someone in a coma. What kinds of questions would you ask? Maybe you would ask if they had...

The Lenten Fast for Today’s Catholic

Can there be a shorter account of Our Lord’s forty days in the desert than the one from Saint Mark? It omits not only...

God or King?

I have this theory, and history attestst to its veracity, that people are by nature monarchists.  Oh, we may give lip service to republicanism...

Christ and the Incorruptibles

“I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in...

Nero, John Paul II and the Protomartyrs

The first, or proto-, martyrs of the Church of Rome commemorate the untold number of Christians put to death under the reign of Nero,...

The Fragility of Bridges and Covenants

As I was leaving Rome, watching out the window of the da Vinci airport, after five days of hot, sunny weather, the rain began...

Vienna and the Holy Name of Mary

September 12th commemorates the Battle of Vienna, the great victory in 1683 of the Christians armies, led by Jan Sobieski, against the Ottoman Turks...

Mulling over Merton

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, theologian, poet, mystic, and the author of more than seventy books. Having lost both parents by the...

The Last Sunday of Advent

  What follows is Pope Saint John Paul II's last Advent address, way back in 2004. He would go to his eternal reward three months...

Losing Canada

When the cross atop Mount Royal was first erected in 1924, the Montreal Gazette described it as “a memorial to the survival of the...