Life Is Fragile, So Use The Good Dishes

One of the greatest lessons learned during my nursing career is the fragility of human life. Many times when a patient and their loved...

Of Hawking, the Ides and the Demise of the Canadian Family

I am still pondering the providential serendipity of Stephen Hawking’s death yesterday, the math whiz going to meet His God on pi day.  A...

The Ratzinger Report Revisited

The Italian journalist and Catholic convert Vittorio Messori in 1985 published his two hundred page interview with Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict...

The Courage of Bishop Michael Power: Crucial For Our Times  

In 1842, when Father Michael Power, a Haligonian born of Irish parents, was consecrated as the first bishop of the newly formed Diocese of...

Hollywood Potential: Why Catholics Should Watch Movies

In my high school years, I became very active on a small, obscure social media website by the name of Tumblr. For anyone who might...

The Entrance of Baptism

A BIBLICAL TEXT can become so familiar that we simply bypass statements that would ordinarily puzzle us. I’m thinking of an aspect of the...

The Magnanimity of Bearing Misfortune Beautifully

Trite and tautological though the claim may be, permit me to begin by stating the obvious: it is good when good things happen.  Good...

Christopher Dawson On Religion and Progress

  Baptized Anglican, Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) during Easter of 1909 visited Rome where he experienced a mystical event and became a Roman Catholic at the...

Word Painting in William Byrd’s Vigilate and Ave Verum Corpus

Few composers have lived and nonetheless thrived in such a turbulent era as William Byrd. Born sometime between 1539 and 1543, Byrd grew up...

Mass in Pyjamas?

When I go to work during this pandemic, I make doubly sure that I am properly dressed and have adequate PPE – 'personal protective...