Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Summa, Question 168: mirth.

Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologica Question 168, Article 4. Whether there is a sin in lack of mirth? I answer that, In human affairs whatever is against reason is a...

The Cruise of the ‘Nona’

Hilaire Belloc, The Cruise of the 'Nona.’ 1925 On the whole, of the cads and gentlemen I have met, I could give the cads a shade of...

Lost Lectures of the Fruits of Experience

Maurice Baring, Lost Lectures of the Fruits of Experience. Peter Davies Ltd, London: 1932. Chapter 12: Music. But the most remarkable musical experiences of my life happened...

Canadians in arms pt 3

Camouflage S. M. George Massey, C.M.S.C. from B.M.A. “Blitz,” Vol. 1, No. 3 Brockville, ON: July 1942. They tell us tales of camouflage, The art of hiding things; Of painted...

Canadians in arms pt 2

Shown here about to enter Campobasso’s Holy Rosary Church are Roman Catholic personnel of three Canadian infantry units. Fresh from the Italian front, where they had been relieved by soldiers of...

Canadians in arms

Address (in part) given by Brigadier G. P. Vanier, D.S.O., M.C. at graduation class exercises, O.T.C., Brockville. First comes faith. Faith in God and in His...

The Ballad of the White Horse

“Mother of God,” the wanderer said, “I am but a common king, Nor will I ask what saints may ask, To see a secret thing.” *** “When our last...

Fairy tales

I deny that biology can destroy the sense of truth, which alone can even desire biology. - G. K. Chesterton, The Long Bow "Papa, tell...

To reject the soup

In Ireland, my ancestors were offered a devil’s bargain by the otherwise good people during the potato famine. At that time, well-intentioned but misguided...

The Greeter

“Perhaps it was rather rude of me to turn my back, but upon my blessed word, I—I’d never heard such a thing in my...