Athanasius Contra Mundum

Today is the memorial of one of the most heroic bishops in the history of the Church, the great Saint Athanasius (+373), who stood...

Father Alphonse de Valk and the End of an Era

The passing of Father Alphonse de Valk, C.S.B., yesterday, April 16th, 2020, is the passing of an era. Many of our readers may recall...

Cathedrals and Chastisements

It was one year ago yesterday – April 15th, 2019– that Notre Dame cathedral, built over a century between 1160 and 1260, and has...

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...

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...

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...