Canada’s Protectress

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, who died on this day in 1680 outside what is now Montreal, is venerated, as I discovered at Mass this morning,...

Cardinal Sins

Already suffering the sustained heat of this long, hot summer, Catholics everywhere have also been stunned by the sudden fall from grace of Cardinal...

Georgian Bay Pilgrimage

I've been gone for a couple of days, on pilgrimage to Martyrs' Shrine, in Midland, Ontario, of which I have written a number of...

Good Shepherds, Good Mothers and Benedict XVI

A blessed Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as' Good Shepherd' Sunday after the Gospel reading, upon which Father Callam offers an insightful meditation....

Our Love Must Make Us Strong: The Music of Loreena McKennitt

It all started one Christmas as I rummaged through the CD racks at the library, in search of Christmas music different than the usual...

Honour and Ambition: Thoughts on the Requirements for Political Office

Politics is a curious business, and not just in the United States the Big Day approaches:  Here in Ontario, Canada, about a four hour...

Bossuet and Protestantism

Jacques Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704), bishop of Meaux, lived in a time shortly after the Reformation. A bishop of much lustre, Bossuet frequented Versailles, preaching...

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...

The Gift of a Consecrated Life

We need some good news stories, and I was witness to one yesterday, as Sister Margaret Mary MacGrath of the Sisters of Our Lady...

Chrysostom, Siloam and Hurricanes

Saint John Chrysostom (+407), an ascetic and contemplative monk who wanted only to retreat from the turmoil of life in the Eastern empire, was...