Saint Irenaeus, Witness to Tradition

Saint Irenaeus (+200 a.d.), bishop of Lyons in the second century of the Church's existence, a disciple of the martyr Saint Polycarp, who was...

Joachim and Anne’s Immaculate Conception

I am the Immaculate ConceptionThese are the words Our Lady said to Saint Bernadette Sobirous, when asked by the young saint who she was....

Gay Wizards and the Benedict Option

I enjoyed a discussion recently with some priest friends on the Benedict Option, particularly as this applies to education.  How much do we 'retreat'...

Caecelia and Music that Breaks One’s Heart

As the patroness of Church music, and music in general, Saint Caeceilia has her work cut out for her. A young virgin martyr in...

The Spiritual War of Roe vs. Wade

Saint Vincent the Deacon (+304), who suffered grievously under the Diocletian persecution, is a providential saint for this sombre anniversary of the 1973 Roe...

Blessed Blondin and Bureaucracy

Bd. Marie-Anne Blondin (+1890), whose feast was just the other day, and of whom you may never have heard, founded a religious congregation of...

Of Euthanasia and Martrydom

*I have an article just published this morning in Crisis magazine (crisismagazine.com), which you can find here.  I will post it here after a...

Wedding Cakes and Walking on Eggshells

A blessed feast of Saint Boniface, (+735) the 8th century Apostle of Germany and what is now Europe, of which he is now the...

English Martyrs, Universal Witness

Today, on the first official day of summer, we celebrate two martyrs, John Cardinal Fisher and Thomas More, as well as a bishop, Paulinus...

Conservatives, Big and Small

One can get the measure of a man not from his guarded, careful behaviour, but rather from his occasional slip-up, his less careful moments,...