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,...

Scandals, Kolbe and Mary

I am here at the Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome, waiting for my (delayed) flight back to Toronto and, well, back to life...

The Loneliness of the Whistleblower

When Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was crusading against the Vladimir Putin government by investigating one crime after another, she had imagined the damning headlines...

Four Saints in a Day

We celebrate a veritable panoply of saints today: In Canada, we have the memorial of Saint Marguerite D’Youville (+1771), who married young to a...

Excerpts from Pope Benedict’s Last Christmas Homily

Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty that is the splendour of truth. Again and again it astonishes...

The Layered Meaning of the Prodigal Son

In 1861, John William Burgon, the (Anglican) dean of Chichester cathedral, preached a sermon...

John Paul II’s First Visitation as Pope

CONCLUSION OF THE MARIAN MONTH HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II 31 May 1979 "And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment...

The Theologian versus the Philosopher: Bernard and Abelard

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, 4 November 2009 Two Theological Models in Comparison: Bernard and Abelard Dear Brothers and Sisters, In my last Catechesis I presented the main features...

Parents beware: The effects of teaching same-sex attraction during pre-adolescence

(At the request of the author, we are re-posting this reflection by Leeda Crawford from September 2010, sage advice for parents with children in...

Timely Words from a Far Off Place

(On this feast of the Holy Family, in my breakfast reading, I stumbled across this homily from Pope Saint John Paul II which he...