Storming the Beaches for Freedom

June 6th was the 77th anniversary of the storming of Normandy, the Allied offensive on the north shore of France, taking the war to...

Sine Dominico Non Possumus

A blessed and grace-filled Solemnity of Corpus Christi! To our Canadian readers, at least, where this day is moved from its regular Thursday, recalling...

Boniface, Laying the Axe to the Root of Evil

Saint Boniface, bishop, missionary and martyr was hacked to death by a band of Frisian idol-worshippers on this  day, June 5, 754, along with 52...

The Hope and Courage of Charles Lwanga and Companion Martyrs

If the Church seems moribund in North America, there is hope in the vast continent of Africa, where there are untold millions of Catholics,...

Peter and Marcellinus, Hidden Yet Their Voice Goes Out Through All the Earth

Like many of the early martyrs, not much is known of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, except that they died for the Faith, put to...

Justin, a Philosopher’s Martyr

Saint Justin (+165) who is called the 'martyr', was born around the time the last Apostle, John, departed this life for heaven. Justin was...

A Divine Visitation

A blessed feast of the Visitation, to all our readers, wherein we recall the meeting of four chosen souls: Our Lady, Saint Elizabeth, and...

Complicit Complaisance and Flying the Rainbow

To paraphrase a popular alliterative 1958 novelty song, we are becoming a nation of pathological people pleasers – and by ‘we’ I mean those...

Canterbury’s Augustine, Who Made Britain Catholic

There are two Saints Augustine - the bishop of Hippo, and author of the Confessions and numerous other theological masterpieces, and, today's saint, Augustine first...

Philip Neri’s Cheerful Spirit

We celebrate today one of the most joyful and idiosyncratic – the two are not unrelated - of saints, Philip Neri, (+1595), the founder...