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...

Simplifying in Lent

One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come,...

Thomas Aquinas and Corpus Christi

A blessed and grace-filled solemnity of Corpus Christi to one and all, a feast that has a long and varied history dating back to...

Polycarp’s Late and Early Witness

Commemorating a simpler time in the nascent Church, today is the memorial of Saint Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, and a disciple of Saint John...

Mary, and the Work and Meaning of Beauty

I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;in pain you shall bring forth children. (Genesis 3:16) Ironically, although technological advances have made it possible for...

Merrie England Once More

As I begin this reflection, I am on my way to the Devon coast, having just passed through Bath, set up by the Romans...

Remember Saint Martin

Today we celebrate Remembrance Day (in the United States, Memorial Day), commemorating the cessation of hostilities in World War I, on the eleventh hour,...

The Iranian Revolution … 40 years later

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

A Remembrance Day to Remember

My most memorable Remembrance Day experience took place eight years ago. It was my first semester out of Canada (I think it’s difficult to...

McLuhan Amongst Moralists: A Retrospective

This retrospective column, from the great professor David Dooley, no stranger to readers of these pages, is curiously prescient in its view of technology,...