The Power of the Holy Name

The memorial of the Holy Name of Jesus dates back to the early modern period, just after the Middle Ages, a devotion popularized, along...

Stand up and Fight, Canada

There are two Americas, a situation not unlike circa 1860. Back then, there were those for slavery, and those against, and in 2019, there...

Fathers, Presidents and History

Today is the memorial of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1190 – 1153), named after the ‘clear valley’ in which he helped establish a Cistercian...

Saint Francois de Laval: A Man for Canada

Saint Francois-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval (+1708), the first bishop of Quebec, two centuries before ‘Canada’ even existed, began life in France, a descendant from nobility...

Saint John Neumann and Bishops

Today is the feast of Saint John Neumann, born in Bulgaria, but who  travelled to the United States in 1836 to seek ordination since...

Political ‘Knifing’?

I have been meaning to comment on a ridiculous article in the National Post at the end of August, but one which does pertain,...

Virtue, Vice and Everything Nice? Blessed Dina Belanger

Father Callam’s take on Christ’s declaration that it is what comes from within a man making him unclean, all those unbridled and disordered passions...

The Real Message of Saint Patrick

(Here is a modified re-posting of some thoughts on Saint Patrick's Day from last year. Much has happened since then, and you may find...

That Slippery Morphing Conscience

Conscience can be a slippery thing, if we allow it so, eventually fluctuating under the waves of circumstances around us, by which we may...

Ite ad Joseph

A blessed and joyous solemnity of Saint Joseph to one and all!The silent saint from the Gospel, husband of the Virgin Mary, and foster...