The Middle Ages: The True ‘Gothic’

Long ago, there was a surefire test by which to recognize a truly cultured person: anyone who could hear the William Tell overture without...

Heroism, Then and Now

“Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, while others have greatness thrust upon them”.   So wrote Shakespeare in Twelfth Night . ‘Greatness’ may take...

Marie of the Incarnation: A Canadian Mystic

Marie de l’Incarnation: Études de théologie spirituelle by Pierre Gervais, S.J.:  A Review Pierre Gervais is a Canadian-born Jesuit, professor of systematic, sacramental, and spiritual...

True-dope-ia

I had to wait a few days before writing on the election of Justin Trudeau as our new Prime-Minister-in-waiting, not least for the emotion...

Boring Sermons: A Thomistic Take

Why Sermons are Boring   Daniel Callam, C.S.B.In moving offices recently I found, between my copies of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, a long-lost...

Till We Have Faces: To Niqab, or Not?

In an interesting turn of events, the niqab, the face-covering veil worn by certain Muslim women, has become a defining election issue in Canada. ...

Festival and Ferial, by Anna Rist: A Review

Festival and FerialAnna RistKaufmann Publishing, St. Simon’s Island , 2014ISBN : 978-0-9905329-3-4 In one of his Odes (IV.2) Horace describes the danger of trying to...

Primal Rage

This morning, as I begin this column, ten people at a community college in Oregon were killed by yet-another loner gunman, seeking some kind...

Of Romans and Mustard Seeds

If an early Christian had been asked to speculate where the centre of the Catholic Church on earth would end up, it's not inconceivable...

The Refugee Question

The lifeless body of the 2 year old Aylan Kurdi lying face down on a beach has caused outrage around the world (I have...