The Logic of the Sacred Heart

Today's solemnity of the Sacred Heart is of rather recent provenance as Church history goes.  Although the full humanity of Christ, body and soul,...

Camillus’ Revolution

Today marks the 228th anniversary of the official beginning of the French Revolution, back in 1789 with the storming of the Bastille prison.  Much...

Teresa, Teacher of Prayer

Today is the feast of Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), a discalced Carmelite nun who reformed the Order, which traced its origins way back...

Dedicated to God

The Presentation of the Virgin Mary is a mirror image, if you will, of the future Presentation of her Son in the Temple, both...

Hilary and Mungo

Today, we celebrate Saint Hilary (+367), Bishop of Poitiers and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church for his clear and incisive writings against the...

Annunciation to Mary

A blessed solemnity of the Annunciation, which has been transferred this year from March 25th (which was in Holy Week). Commemorating the conception of...

Trump, Zika and Contraception

The Holy Father has started another furore with his latest off-the-cuff interview on the plan ride back from his pilgrimage to Mexico.  I would...

Orlando Massacre and the Clash of Cultures

As you have likely read already, fifty people have been killed in an attack on an Orlando 'gay' nightclub, with fifty-three more injured, the...

Romuauld the Hermit

A brief word on Saint Romuauld (+June 19, 1025/27), before today ends, a tenth-century monk, who founded the strict Camaldolese Order, named after the...

Nero, John Paul II and the Protomartyrs

The first, or proto-, martyrs of the Church of Rome commemorate the untold number of Christians put to death under the reign of Nero,...