The Seraphic Doctor: Saint Bonaventure

Some of the 'Doctors of the Church' have epithets, and Saint Bonaventure, whom we celebrate today, is the 'seraphic', perhaps for his transcendent teaching;...

The Storm of a True Revolution

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

Saint Camillus de Lellis: Giving all For Christ

A true saint for our times is the one we celebrate today - Camillus de Lellis (+1614) (we will follow the Canadian calendar, and...

Like a Tree Cut Back: Memoir of A Lost Ireland

Like a Tree Cut Back By Michael McCarthy The Poetry Business, Sheffield, England smith-doorstop, 2021 Father Michael McCarthy’s memoir, Like a Tree Cut Back, takes its title from...

Saint Henry’s Heavenly Rule

We need more leaders such as Saint Henry (+1024) Emperor of the Romans and King of the Italians, the last of the 'Ottonian' line...

Freedom of Speech, D.O.A. in our Dominion?

The right to free speech is a bedrock of any free and open society – which seems almost tautological now that I write it....

William, Mary, and the Last Martyr of the Protestants

July the 12th is ‘Orange’ Day, celebrated still with a particular fervour in Northern Ireland, commemorating the defeat of the Catholic Stuart King James...

Louis and Zelie Martin’s Ecclesia Domestica

July 12th is the day chosen as the feast of the parents of the 'Little Flower' as Louis and Zelie Martin are often known,...

The Martyrs of Gorkum and Annulled Anne of Cleves

In one of those many mysteries of providence, this day marking the martyrs of China is also the anniversary of the Martyrs of Gorkum,...

Myriads of Martyrs for China: Where to From Here?

There have been untold thousands of martyrs in China through the centuries, but July 9th is chosen as the day to commemorate them. It...