The Isolation of Margaret of Castello

Margaret of Castello (+1287 - 1320) is the patroness of the unborn, the disabled, the blind and, we may add of our own limited...

Evelyn Waugh and the Mass of the Ages

I was struck as I finished up reading over a small volume of letters by the great English writer Evelyn Waugh, author of such...

Mozart and Allegri’s Miserere

Fitting for this First Friday, the last one in this long Lent, is Allegri's Miserere, his unsurpassed musical setting of Psalm 51, recited in...

The Mystery of Salvific Suffering

As we move towards Holy Week in this last week of Lent - in the midst of this global crisis, the unfolding effects of which...

The Re-Consecration of England Through Our Lady of Walsingham

Tomorrow, March 29th, in the year of Our Lord 2020, five centuries after the beginning of what is known as the 'Protestant Reformation', England...

Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Pope Francis is inviting Catholics - indeed, all people of good will - to witness and receive his Urbi et Orbi - to the...

Steadfast Saint Turibius

Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo (+1606) is a model for bishops everywhere, and not just for the ordained, but for all priests and...

Ite Ad Joseph, the Mighty and Provident

The strong and silent saint from the Gospel, is a fitting one for our troubled times: The husband of the Virgin Mary, and foster...

Saint Patrick’s Emerald Hope

(Here is a re-posting of some thoughts on Saint Patrick's Day. Much has happened since then, and this will be a muted celebration, with...

The Devil’s Deathly Dominion

Physician-turned-author Walker Percy’s final novel, The Thanatos Syndrome, published in 1987, tells the odd tale of a town wherein the ‘elites’ are devolving -...