Holy Thursday: The Institution of the Holy Eucharist

The most vital characteristic of our Catholic faith is not its external organization that has of late, thanks to Pope Francis, attracted the attention...

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...

‘Adding’ the Saint Michael Prayer After Mass

Following my previous article, “Becoming a Catholic Pastor, Post – ‘Pennsylvania’”, I unplugged from the world of ecclesial and secular news. I tried to...

Therese, NAFTA and Communist Short Lists

I enjoy the serendipity of providence when the liturgical readings match up unwittingly with the day, as we celebrate Ste. Therese of Lisieux, more...

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...

Providence and a Thief’s Goodness

Last year on Palm Sunday we heard the passion from Saint Mark’s Gospel, and next year it will be from Saint Matthew. Each is...

Unplanned: The Beginning of the End of Abortion?

On April 10th, I got in the car with my sister and drove to Ottawa for a private screening of “Unplanned”. I had read...

An  Easter Hymn: Ad cenam Agni providi

Ad cenam Agni providi, stolis salutis candidi, post transitum maris Rubri, Christo canamus principi. Cuius corpus sanctissimum, in ara crucis torridum, sed et cruorem roseum, gustando Dei...

A Full Glimpse of John Henry Cardinal Newman

John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) was a priest of the Church of England who, after much agonizing, found his way into the Church of...

The Revelation of Fatima

The 100th anniversary of Fatima is a significant one in the minds of many, not least due to the effect of the apparitions on...