Belloc’s Tarantella – and as Sung by Old Thunder Himself

Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc Do you remember an Inn, Miranda? Do you remember an Inn? And the tedding and the spreading Of the straw for a bedding, And the fleas...

Suffer the Little Children…

In Mark, 10, Jesus is asked by the Pharisees (“to test Him”) whether divorce is lawful. As He admits, the Law of Moses (Deuteronomy...

Finding the True Meaning of Christmas

Last week I promised to consider how we could possibly ignore all the bad and sad news and try to make this Christmas as...

Hope of the Holy Innocents

The feast of the Holy Innocents, falling appropriately enough within the octave of Christmas, might seem a troubling commemoration at first glance.  Remembering the...

The Primacy of the Family, and Children

It has always been difficult for the homilist to preach on the feast of the Holy Family. In the old days, the priest would...

Christmas Urbi et Orbi 2002

(Here is the Christmas address of Pope Saint John Paul II, from way back in 2002, and the needs for which he prayed eighteen...

Christmas, 2020

What is God like? The Bible itself answers the question if we examine it carefully. The first thing that struck me as I reflected...

Christ’s Way of Glory

My mother’s sons were angry with me, they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept. (Song 1:6) For many...

Ça va bien aller: Will All Indeed Be Well?

The following reflection from contributor Father Tim McCauley offers a perspective on the financial impact of the lockdowns, in our current times of controversy....

2021: Dark State Descending, But Hope in Christ Ascending

"More than two millennia after the birth of Jesus Christ, His teachings continue to inspire and uplift billions and billions of people all over...