Valentine’s Day and Violence

As we near the over-hyped commemoration we call 'Valentine's Day' (Valentine was a rather obscure third-century martyr, of whom we know little, but legends...

The Advent Acronym of the O Antiphons

Tomorrow, we begin the seven days of proximate preparation for Christmas.  We should try, in the midst of a consumerist culture, to resist the...

Scheer Wins

Andrew Scheer has won the election as leader of the federal Conservative Party, thankfully and rather surprisingly narrowly edging out front-runner Maxime Bernier, who...

Dominion Day, Trudeau’s Socks and Canadian Martyrs

A blessed and joyous Dominion-Canada Day to all, as we mark the 150th anniversary of the signing on of those first few provinces into...

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 March for Life and the Contemplative Life

The annual March for Life is coming up in two days, this Thursday, May 10th, with Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral at 10:00 a.m.,...

Marguerite Bourgeoys and What Canada May Yet Be

Today is the feast of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700), founder of the Congregation of Notre-Dame, and founder also of the first official schools in...

Dial M for Mayhem

It was sad in this season of joy to read of two recent murders by Muslims. One was of a young medical student, Maria...

Labor et Dolor

We recently held a faculty retreat at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, whose theme was 'Play'.  A curious focus, one might think, for serious-minded...