The Art of Giving and Receiving Gifts

The highlight of Christmas is the Midnight Mass. There is an aura and smell of festivities, the church is beautifully decorated, elegantly dressed people...

Theotokos, or Christotokos? A Christmas Heresy

I will often ask my students in class whether Christ was a human person.  The answer may seem straightforward:  Of course He was (or...

Being Santa: A Family’s Perspective

(Whatever your stance on the Santa Claus legend, and whether you maintain said legend in some way, shape and form for your children, this article...

The Theology of Christmas Presents

(A classic by the master essayist, on why we give Christmas presents, for those of us who still who sometimes wonder what is the...

He Descended into Hell

(As we begin these latter days of Advent, awaiting the imminent arrival of our Saviour, it would do us well to ponder what indeed...

Ad Multos Annos, Father Alphonse de Valk, Fifty Years a Priest.

It is fitting on this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of life, that we offer a hearty and warm congratulations to Father...

What Does the Church Believe? : The Catechism of the Catholic Church

(This archived address by Cardinal Ratzinger, forwarded by Father Callam, fits in well with our preparations for Advent on this memorial of Pope Damasus....

Why Are Catholics Not Holier Than They Are? Father Paul Quay’s ‘The Mystery...

(I thought this memorial of the great Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier was a fitting day to post this adaptation of an address I offered...

Magisterial Clarity and Ambiguity

There is an old saying that the three rules of real estate are ‘location, location, location’.  A similar rule applies to public speaking: ‘brevity,...

A Student Interrogates his Law Professor

Professor: Who will be first? Yes, you Miss Ezjakina:   Student: Mr. Rechtson, a moment ago, you quoted a renowned jurist regarding the preamble to the...