Jerome’s Holy Vulgarity

All saints change history, often in ways that are mysterious and opaque, but at times more obviously so. Such is Saint Jerome, to whom...

Lorenzo, the Unintentional Missionary and Martyr

Today is the feast of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (+1637), born of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, raised well in the Catholic Faith...

Vincent’s Simple and Clear Path

The life of Saint Vincent de Paul (1581 - 1660) spans a fractious time in France, with the wars of religion nearing their apex,...

The Non-Milquetoast and Quite Holy Canadian Martyrs

In the rest of the world, the Canadian, or if you will, North American, Martyrs, six priests and two laymen put to death for...

Keeping Up With Humour

An apparently disgruntled reader took some umbrage at my take on Grumblin' Greta, describing, au contraire, yours truly as the 'humourless' one, and 'knowing...

Matthew the True Disciple

Saint Matthew, whose original Hebraic name was Levi, presents Christ as the new Moses, leading His people from the darkness and slavery of sin...

The Indomitable Faith of Taegon, and Korea

Catholicism was brought to Korea by scholars in the 18th century, via books written in Chinese. When missionaries arrived in the early 19th century,...

Bellarmine, Clear in Mind and Soul

In the midst of the theological confusion in which our Church is mired, we could use a few more men with the clear, disciplined...

Cornelius, Cyprian, Schisms and Apostasies

Saint Cornelius was Pope for a scant two years in the third century, elected in 251, fighting against his fellow bishop Novatian, who declared...

O Crux Ave, Spes Unica

The Exaltation of the Cross - so it has been termed in the liturgical revisions after Vatican II - dates back to the time...