Saturday, February 17, 2018

Olympic Cult of the Body

(What follows is a revised version of a piece I wrote two years ago, for the Rio Olympics, adapted. Just so all readers know,...

A Joyful Martyrdom at Nagasaki

Today is the feast of Saint Paul Miki and Companion martyrs, put to death by crucifixion on February 5, 1597 at Nagasaki, Japan, whose...

Agatha’s Goodness

Saint Agatha (+251) is one of seven women whose name appears in the Canon of the Mass (that is, the first and longest one,...

Blaise and Ansgar

Saint Blaise, a bishop of ancient Sebastea (now in Turkey), as well as a physician, was tortured and martyred for the faith in 316...

Shedding A Light on the New Barbarism

A blessed feast of the Presentation, also called Candlemas, celebrating the dedication of the child Jesus in the Temple, the purification of Our Lady...

Bosco’s Gift

Saint John Bosco, who died on this day in 1888, offers us one of the most exemplary and endearing models of the priesthood, similar...

Sitting Ducks

Christie Blatchford has it right: to paraphrase her gist, men are sitting ducks, or at least like those slow-moving targets in cheapo carnival shooting...

Saint Ursula’s Women

Saint Angela Merici (+1540) lived and died in Italy, maturing during the tumultuous events of the early Reformation (she died five years after the...

Paul of Tarsus and Patrick Brown

You have to love conversion stories, from the very real Saul on that road to Damascus, to the fictional Scrooge on a Dickensian Christmas...

The Other Saint Francis

It would be ironic if on this feast of the patron saint of writers that I did not write a few words at the...