Truth and Fiction

The saying that the truth will set you free has been so often repeated that is the sort of thing that one almost ignores....

The Mercy of Hell?

So, what of hell? As you may have heard, and on which I wrote a few days ago, Pope Francis has allegedly (through the...

Pagan Idolatry and Catholic Fortitude

A writer must at times take back, or at least re-form, opinions once vaguely and lightly and perhaps too hastily held. Even the great...

Excerpts from Pope Benedict’s Last Christmas Homily

Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty that is the splendour of truth. Again and again it astonishes...

Symptoms of disunity

About five years ago, my dad began working for a company that repairs railroad tracks. His job requires him to be away from home...

Mulling over Merton

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, theologian, poet, mystic, and the author of more than seventy books. Having lost both parents by the...

Pastoral

Our May 2013 cover artist, Francis Dvorak, was previously featured in the January 2013 issue.

Life, death, and lousy campgrounds

In the time that my family has been on the road, our journey has been predominantly dictated by where we my parents have to...

The future of Catholicism

When a publisher telephones and asks for a new book, written quickly, there is only one response: a high- pitched, only partly controlled “yes.”...

A Kinder Visitation

A blessed and joyous feast of the Visitation, commemorating the journey and meeting of the Virgin Mary to her ‘kinswoman’ Elizabeth, at her home...