Thomas Aquinas, Poet of Corpus Christi

A blessed and grace-filled solemnity of Corpus Christi to one and all, a feast that has a long and varied history dating back to...

Obedience in a Time of Crisis – A Cross in the Road

Anarchy is the condition in any society where there is no law, no rule, no measure – chaos, and may be said to be...

Anthony of Padua, or Lisbon, but Certainly of Heaven

Saint Anthony of Padua is usually named historically after the city-state in northeastern Italy where he died after his brief but full life at...

Erastianism and a Free Church

Thomas Erastus (1524 – 1583) was a Swiss physician and theologian who adopted the newfangled heretical doctrines of Ulrich Zwingli, a sort of extreme...

Henry and Catherine and What Might Have Been

It was on this day in 1509 that Henry VIII, of the recently founded, and some say upstart, Tudor dynasty, married Catherine of Aragon,...

Son of Consolation

It is fitting that we celebrate Barnabas, the ‘son of consolation’, or the ‘son of encouragement’, around the time of Pentecost, for the Holy...

A.A., Catholics and Temperance

This is the 85th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, back in 1935 by Bill Wilson, a WW I veteran and stockbroker, and...

Ephraim’s Mission of Beauty

In the Church universal, we celebrate the life of Saint Ephraim, often called the 'Syrian', who is also venerated amongst the Orthodox (on January...

An Irish Monk in Scotland: Saint Columbkille

If you will forgive a little parochialism, today is the feast of Saint Columbkille (521-597), who is not celebrated in the universal calendar, but...

Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom

A blessed ‘feast’ of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, Sedes Sapientiae, an ancient and venerable title the Virgin Mary as the Chora tou Achoretou,...