Sweden’s Saint Bridget

Before Sweden was known for ABBA and IKEA and a soft, but moribund, version of socialism – two exports not to everyone’s taste, even...

The Bright Moment of Conception

There are sometimes good things in the news, like this report from the Telegraph that when conception occurs, that is, when the male sperm...

Cornelius, Cyprian, Schisms and Apostasies

Saint Cornelius was Pope for a scant two years in the third century, elected in 251, fighting against his fellow bishop Novatian, who declared...

The Rosary, Lepanto’s Hope

Today is the memorial of the Holy Rosary, a feast instituted by Pope Saint Pius V in commemoration of the Christian naval fleet in...

The Message of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes is one of the few 'visions' of the Virgin Mary to be placed in the public Liturgical calendar of the...

Hurricanes, Pot and Claver’s Charity

The inchoate and fevered brain of Jennifer Lawrence, the over-feted Hunger Games and X-Men actress, is partly right, that horrific hurricane Irma, now the...

Saint Thomas and Trump’s Executive Order

Pursuant to President Trump's executive order on the notorious Johnson Amendment, my Dad put me onto an article in the National Review, recounting the...

The Liberal Gong Show

The Gong Show - from which we derive the term 'a gong show', sometimes morphed into a more scatological form, which may apply more...

Lorenzo, the Unintentional Missionary and Martyr

Today is the feast of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (+1637), born of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, raised well in the Catholic Faith...

My beads

Born either in 1834 in Limerick, Ireland or Norfolk, Virginia, Fr. Ryan was described by a contemporary as having “an open, manly character.” He...