Confiteor, Et Miserere Mei

At the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we begin with the call to repentance and to a reflective manner of life...

John Henry Newman: A talk delivered to the Basilian Lay Associates

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, whose life spanned most of the nineteenth century—1801-90—was and remains a fascinating character. Much of his charm is found in his...

The Salvific Power of Beauty

Dostoyevsky wrote, through the voice of Prince Myskin in his novel, The Idiot, that ‘beauty would save the world’. I have often wondered about that...

Beat the Devil

The British agnostic philosopher Bertrand Russell said he could not believe in Satan because the very notion of a devil was not even probable,...

The Anti-Depressant Saint

If it 'twere not the Sixth Sunday of Easter, we would celebrate today one of the most joyful and idiosyncratic of saints, Philip Neri,...

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...

A Night in Paris

I had this romantic notion on the pilgrimage of sailing away from my native land, watching the ‘white cliffs of Dover’ recede into the...

Feminist Follies, Part III

(In this three-part series, Paula Adamick explores the impact and legacy of the lives and lies of some of feminism’s most influential – some...

Evil Intentions

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil intentions: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly....

Wherefore art thou, Modesty?

It may seem a bit odd to speak of modesty when the weather outside is frightful—at least roundabout where I live in rural Ontario. But...