Of Irenicism and Arachnids

I have been asked by a reader to comment on two recent Ottawa-related themes:The first is our Prime Minister's participation in the rites and...

Death, Automatically

A panel of health-care providers, as the term now has it, on the radio other day was discussing euthanasia, or, again as the language...

Freedom

Hence the domestic household is antecedent, as well in idea as in fact, to the gathering of men into a community. - Pope Pius...

Teresa, Teacher of Prayer

Today is the feast of Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), a discalced Carmelite nun who reformed the Order, which traced its origins way back...

Blaise and Ansgar

Saint Blaise, a bishop of ancient Sebastea (now in Turkey), as well as a physician, was tortured and martyred for the faith in 316...

John of Damascus, Polymath and Iconophile

John of Damascus, or John Damascene (+749), is considered the last of the Church Fathers, that golden age, lasting for about eight or so...

The Point of It All

There have been two tragic and public suicides in the news of late, which I have picked up on these pilgrimage travels, praying for...

Romuauld the Hermit

A brief word on Saint Romuauld (+June 19, 1025/27), before today ends, a tenth-century monk, who founded the strict Camaldolese Order, named after the...

Luther’s Re-Formation?

Today's 500th anniversary of the 'Reformation' is a rather arbitrary one, based on the legend, perhaps apocryphal, that Martin Luther's defiantly nailed his '95...

Justin the Martyr

Saint Justin, who is called the 'martyr', was a pagan convert to Christianity, based in large part upon his investigation of the rational arguments...