Peter, Paul and Pell

A blessed solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul to all our readers, a venerable feast that goes back to the very origins of the...

Saint Irenaeus, Witness to Tradition

Saint Irenaeus (+200 a.d.), bishop of Lyons in the second century of the Church's existence, a disciple of the martyr Saint Polycarp, who was...

Resisting Reform

As many saints, scholars and sundry others have discovered, reform is a difficult business.  Reforming oneself is hard enough, in others, more difficult still,...

A Few Good Men

This past Saturday was the solemnity of the birth of Saint John the Baptist, a feast that commemorates the beginning of the end of...

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,...

Parents’ Day?

Tomorrow, besides being the much more important solemnity of Corpus Christi (at least here in Canada, more on which in a bit) is also...

Wynne’s Socialist Largesse

Alexis de Tocqueville is proved right once again, that the tyranny of the majority lies inherent in any democracy.  Our erstwhile Premier, Kathleen Wynne,...

Captain Fantastic and Hollywood’s Anti-Catholicism

Viggo Mortensen, the same actor who played Strider/Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, seems to enjoy getting naked in his non-Tolkien films,...

Saint Anthony and Our Lady

There is a curious connection with today’s memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, the place in Italy where he died (in 1231), for he...

An Irish Monk in Scotland

We celebrate in our particular diocese today the feast of Saint Columbkille (521-597), an Irish monk from Donegal on the wild west coast of...