Andre Grasset, Canada’s First Beatus, a Martyr in the September Massacres

Blessed André Grassett was the first Canadian to be beatified - not quite the first 'saint', which requires canonization, which honour belongs to the...

The Tragedy, and Hope, of Ireland

Ah, the Emerald Isle, the cradle of Catholicism for the British Isles, land of heroes and martyrs, of rousing and melancholic music, of large...

The Not so Hidden Life of Blessed John Juvenal Ancina

Saint Philip Neri, the founder of the Oratorians and the ‘second Apostle’ of Rome, recommended reading books beginning with ‘S’, that is, lives of...

Abbot Weakland, Pope Paul and the End of Chant?

I had no idea that recently-deceased Archbishop Rembert Weakland was almost single-handedly responsible for the abolition of Gregorian chant in the Benedictine Order, which...

The Baptist and Losing One’s Head

The celebration of the beheading of Saint John the Baptist - after all, it was his expeditious entrance into heaven - is sort of...

The Persevering Prayer of Monica

Monica is the patron saint of mothers - not least, those who pray for the conversion of their children, an integral part of the...

The Black Madonna: Our Lady of Częstochowa

This feast of the 'Queen of Poland' is a national holiday in that great nation, with thousands of pilgrims flocking to her shrine at Jazna...

Saint Joseph Calasanz, a Radical Reformer

We would be remiss if we did not at least remark on this day on the great Saint Joseph Calasanz (+1648), a zealous priest,...

Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

It is an unfortunate accident of history – insofar as we may speak of accidents, when all things are guided in their providential design...

Saint Bartholomew, aka Nathaniel, In Whom There Was No Guile

A blessed feast of Saint Bartholomew, to one and all! Like many of the Apostles, we don't know all that much about the life...