On the Beach, With Benedict and Hope

Pope Benedict XVI, in his second encyclical, the 2008 Spe Salvi (Salvific Hope) offers a distinction from the Letter to the Hebrews: We as...

John of Kanty’s Holy Hidden Life

On this Christmas Eve's Eve, we quietly celebrate the commemoration of John of Cantius (1390 - 1473), or 'Kanty' in the original Polish transliteration...

Canisius the Indefatigable

The life of the Saint Peter Canisius (1521-1597) was a Dutch Jesuit back in the early halcyon days of the Order. He was one...

Obsessed with Death

In his 1987 novel, The Thanatos Syndrome, physician-turned-author Walker Percy imagines a town whose inhabitants are reverting to simianism, that is, becoming more ape-like,...

History is Christological, Mariological – and Josephological

A fruitful read by Peter Leithart: Man's Marian Future. And not only is our future Marian, but so is our past and present, but...

Lucy’s Light

It may be difficult to believe in these dark December days, but a scant week from now, once we pass the winter solstice, the...

Beauty and the Beast-ly

The author asks, Why is Everything So Ugly?, and his answer is an intriguing reflection on the lack of beauty in modern New York....

Pope Damasus: The Faith, the Bible and the Mass of All Time

We owe quite a lot to Pope Saint Damasus (305 - 384), who oversaw the universal Church during the tumultuous era of the lingering...

The Holy House of Loreto

The memorial of Lady of Loreto was put back into the universal calendar, on this day by Pope Francis three years ago, in December,...

Juan Diego, Hidden Keeper of the Tilma

Amare nesciri - 'love to be unknown' - exhorted Saint Philip Neri (+1595), founder of the Oratorians, who himself was an unknown teenager in...