Anthony of Padua, or Lisbon, but Certainly of Heaven

Saint Anthony of Padua is usually named historically after the city-state in northeastern Italy where he died after his brief but full life at...

Sto Lat! Pope John Paul II’s Centenary, and Pope John I

On this May 18th, as we celebrate the first Pontiff with the name of the beloved disciple – and more on him in a...

The Indissolubility of a Mother’s Love

In one of those many paradoxical ironies of history, it was on this day that Woodrow Wilson – for whom I have not much...

A Re-Appreciation of What the Mass Really Is

Absence makes the heart grow fonder… The proverb holds true in the main, but not, we must admit, always. There are many things, and we...

Cathedrals and Chastisements

It was one year ago yesterday – April 15th, 2019– that Notre Dame cathedral, built over a century between 1160 and 1260, and has...

The Isolation of Margaret of Castello

Margaret of Castello (+1287 - 1320) is the patroness of the unborn, the disabled, the blind and, we may add of our own limited...

Evelyn Waugh and the Mass of the Ages

I was struck as I finished up reading over a small volume of letters by the great English writer Evelyn Waugh, author of such...

The Mystery of Salvific Suffering

As we move towards Holy Week in this last week of Lent - in the midst of this global crisis, the unfolding effects of which...

The Re-Consecration of England Through Our Lady of Walsingham

Tomorrow, March 29th, in the year of Our Lord 2020, five centuries after the beginning of what is known as the 'Protestant Reformation', England...

Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Pope Francis is inviting Catholics - indeed, all people of good will - to witness and receive his Urbi et Orbi - to the...