Reflections on Rome

I post this final report, for now, on my recent pilgrimage, and my final destination, the eternal city to which all roads lead, Roma. These...

T.S. Eliot on Society and Religion

Thomas Sterns Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St. Louis, Missouri and migrated to England at the age of 25. As did the American novelist...

Etienne Gilson on Mad-Hatters and Metaphysics

The character of the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland has its origin in the fact that in the 1800s hat makers...

The Iranian Revolution … 40 years later

“What did I do to them?” Shah Reza Pahlavi, 1979 Throughout the world, February 11 of this year may have seemed like any other day. It...

Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Doctor and Reformer

Saint Catherine of Siena, like the Christ she loved and served so well, lived a brief life of 33 years, yet moved the world...

The Eucharist and Gratitude

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the...

Debacle in Hong Kong and the Church

When Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of the extradition bill that triggered the largest and longest protests in that city’s history, protest leaders...
Pope St. John Paul II

The Baptist and the Second Sunday of Advent

Angelus, Second Sunday of Advent, 7 December 2003 1. "Prepare the way of the Lord, clear him a straight path" (Lk 3: 4). This invitation of...

Pope Benedict and the Angelic Doctor

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, 2 June 2010 Saint Thomas Aquinas Dear Brothers and Sisters, After several Catecheses on the priesthood and on my latest Journeys, today...

A Catholic Response to the Transgender Moment

The Catholic doctrine of the imago Dei  - that man is made in the very ‘image of God’ - looks perhaps simple at first...