A Triptych Memorial

In the liturgical revisions after Vatican II, the more complex hierarchy of feasts was simplified, so that we now have solemnities, feasts, memorials and...

Terror, Darkness, Lucy and Light

Another terrorist Christmas attack, in Strasbourg, France - on the border with Germany - with the young man of particular religious persuasion yelling the...

Wheat and Tares

“Heaven” should not be understood only in the sense that it towers above us, because this infinite space also takes the form of human...

The Cleansing Fire of Purgatory

Now He is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to Him all of them are alive. (Lk. 20:38) As we approach...

Two Theological Models in Comparison: 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...

The First Message of His Holiness, Saint John Paul II, for Lent

(In the spirit of beginning our Lenten journey, here is a retrospective of the first Lenten message by Pope (Saint) John Paul II.  He...

The Last Words of Pope Saint John Paul II

On this Holy Saturday, 2019, as come to the end of a long and difficult Lent for so many, these final messages of Pope...

Bishop of Hippo, A Saint for All Time

A blessed memorial of the great Saint Augustine (354-430), bishop and doctor of the Church, and perhaps the greatest theologian in her history (although,...

Humanae Vitae at 50

I am hurtling in a high speed train from Glasgow to London, with a heavy heart saying farewell to my native land, a sentiment...

Calum and Tina’s Childless Choice: A Reflection on Parenthood

The headlines proclaimed it, in a his and her perspective, on why a young-ish, urbanite couple plan never and, they mean never, never, never...