The Joyful Martyrs of Nagasaki

Today is the feast of Saint Paul Miki and Companion martyrs, put to death by crucifixion on February 5, 1597 at Nagasaki, Japan, whose...

Our Good Agatha

Saint Agatha (+251) is one of most venerated of the 'virgin martyrs', a category of saint which has its own office, and is one...

A Song of Candlemas

A blessed feast of the Presentation to all our readers, which used to be, and in some places still is, termed Candlemas, a celebration...

The Charism of Saint John Bosco

The term 'charismatic' is thrown around rather lightly these days, but in the Church's theology, it has a rather specific meaning, derived from Saint...

Sample’s Quiet Revolution

Liturgical music. The phrase may instil a faint feeling of nausea in those even remotely attuned to true beauty, as the strains of treacly...

The Enduring Value of Thomas Aquinas

Such is the title of a chapter from Pope John Paul II's landmark 1998 encyclical, Fides et Ratio, on the relation between faith and...

Timothy, Titus and Episcopal Power

A blessed memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, co-workers of Saint Paul, both of them ordained by him into the early episcopacy of the...

A Pauline conversion

Everyone loves a good conversion story, from the fictional Scrooge on a Dickensian Christmas morning, to the very real Saul on that road to...

The True Ecumenism of Saint Francis de Sales

In this week of prayer for Christian unity, I have an article on the Toronto archdiocesan webpage – or more like a few brief...

Vincent and Roe

Saint Vincent the Deacon (+304), who suffered grievously under the Diocletian persecution, is a providential saint for this sombre anniversary of the 1973 Roe...