Sitting Ducks

Christie Blatchford has it right: to paraphrase her gist, men are sitting ducks, or at least like those slow-moving targets in cheapo carnival shooting...

Saint Ursula’s Women

Saint Angela Merici (+1540) lived and died in Italy, maturing during the tumultuous events of the early Reformation (she died five years after the...

Paul of Tarsus and Patrick Brown

You have to love conversion stories, from the very real Saul on that road to Damascus, to the fictional Scrooge on a Dickensian Christmas...

The Other Saint Francis

It would be ironic if on this feast of the patron saint of writers that I did not write a few words at the...

The Spiritual War of Roe vs. Wade

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

Fabian and Freedom

Pope Fabian (+250) was put to death on this day in the persecution of Emperor Decius, for refusing to offer idolatrous sacrifice, and this...

Abbot Anthony’s Narrow Way

Saint Anthony, commonly called ‘of Egypt’, where he retreated to the wilderness, or ‘the Abbot’, for his leadership in the perfect living out of...

The Despair of Dunkirk

I am not entirely sure what Christopher Nolan was going for in his recent re-make of Dunkirk, a visually lush version of the heroic...

Contraception, Attestation and Assimilation

I am not sure what is happening within the Church, but to hear that the recently-appointed head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Father...

Hilary and Mungo

Today, we celebrate Saint Hilary (+367), Bishop of Poitiers and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church for his clear and incisive writings against the...