Leaning on the Rock-ing Chair of Peter

The Chair of Saint Peter, is a comforting one, a symbol of the 'pillar and bulwark' of the truth, which is the Church, signifying...

Debating Doubling Down

Are we still permitted to question and debate the mask and lockdowns, or is the new inquisition muzzling us in more than a figurative...

Evelyn Waugh’s Edmund Campion

Five years after his conversion to Catholicism in 1930, English author Evelyn Waugh set his considerable literary talents - he has been described as...

Beginning Lent

A blessed and grace-filled Lenten season to all our readers, beginning with this solemn commemoration of Ash Wednesday to launch us on our way...

33 Days and Seven Sundays to Saint Joseph!

While on families on this Family Day, and, more to the point, in this year of Saint Joseph, someone mentioned that today is the...

A Presidential and Monarchical Family Day

I suppose it is requisite to wish everyone a happy Family Day, even though, as my own Dad said about 'Mother's Day' - every...

Salvifici Doloris: Hope and Joy in Suffering

On the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, way back in 1984, Pope Saint John Paul II promulgated an Apostolic Letter on the mystery...

When Refusing Communion is an Act of Love and Healing

'Shunning', 'exclusion', 'forbidding', even, dare we add, 'excommunication' - hardly words that are often connected with 'love', which on the contrary oft goes along...

Scholastica’s Last Day with Benedict

Saint Scholastica (+543) was the sister - some sources say the twin - of Saint Benedict. Like her brother, she forsook everything to follow...

Saint Jerome Emiliani’s Journey to Heaven

Today, with Saint Josephine Bakhita, we also celebrate Saint Jerome Emiliani (+1537), who ran away from his home in Venice at the age of...