The Queen’s Seventieth

We could not let this day pass without wishing the Queen - about whom I am ambivalent, but a queen’s still a queen - a...

The Seven Penitential Psalms

When you are old—as I am—a single word or event can release a flood of memories. That happened to me when I noticed that...

The Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption to sonship....

Robin Hood “telling his beads”: A Catholic reflection on the prince of thieves

  The legends of Robin Hood and his Merry Men exert a near universal appeal, and have done so for generations. From ballads to books...

Glorying in Glass: A Movie Review of “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Year:  2012  Filming:  Color  Length:  127 minutes  Genre:  Drama/Adventure/Fantasy  Maturity:  PG-13 (for intense themes, scary images, and fantasy violence) Cast:  Kristen Stewart (Snow White), Chris Hemsworth (the Huntsman), Charlize Theron (Ravenna), Sam Claflin (Prince William),...

Of True Feminism, Early Martyrs and Thomas Aquinas

The paradoxes continue in our modern era, not least of which is that concerning 'gender' and feminism, with two stories that come to mind: First,...

Reading St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

Among the many fruitful ways of understanding the writings of St. Paul is to focus on the connection that he makes again and again...

Pentecost Sunday: The Spirit of Truth

When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will...

The Joyful Apostle of Rome

Today, May 26th, is the feast of one of my favorite saints, Philip Neri (1515-1595), born and raised in the renaissance city of Florence...

Hollywood’s Sense of Sin

In a radio address on October 26, 1946, with the horrors of World War II still fresh (if such be the term) in the...