American Apocalypse

‘Tis difficult to write history in the midst of it – for any ‘story’ needs a beginning, a middle and an end, and at...

Boniface’s Good Work

Saint Boniface, bishop and martyr, was hacked to death by a band of Frisian idol-worshippers on this  day, June 5, 754, along with 52...

The Opticks of Justice

Isaac Newton penned his treatise Opticks in 1704 – and who am I to improve upon his spelling, about which they were not exactly...

Peter and Marcellinus, Hidden, Yet Known

Not much is known of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, except that they were martyrs, likely put to death by beheading at the 12th milestone...

Mater Ecclesiae and the Entrance into ‘Ordinary Time’

We celebrate today the memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, as mentioned, made official by Pope Paul VI in 1964. During the Council, there...

Rise and Fall: Everest and Constantinople

May 29th is the anniversary of two world changing events: The first was the reaching the summit of Mount Everest, the top of the...

The Remarkable Maid of Orleans

Saint Jeanne d’Arc, the maid of Orleans, is hailed as patroness of France, their saviour, as the story goes, in the fight for their...

The Legacy of Paul VI

The controversial Pope Saint Paul VI is commemorated on May 29th, the day of his ordination to the priesthood in 1920 – this marking...

Augustine’s Monastic Mission

The first bishop of Canterbury, Augustine (+604, pronounced in England, ‘Austin’, was a Roman citizen, like the ‘other’ Augustine, of Hippo, who lived over...

Philip’s Spirit of Joy

We celebrate today one of the most joyful and idiosyncratic – the two are not unrelated - of saints, Philip Neri, (+1595), the founder...