Katowice’s Hot Air

At the World Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland, which wrapped up on December 15th, 196 countries – well, representatives from said countries, including our...

CRISPR Children, Edited

You may have heard of CRISPR babies, which may phonically sound rather macabre, but the acronym stands for the rather prosaic Clustered Regularly Interspaced...

The Advent O Antiphons

Today, December 17th, we begin the seven days of proximate preparation for Christmas, sort of analogous to the more familiar twelve days of Christmas...

Fra Juan’s Canticle of Light and Darkness

The Carmelite Order traces its spiritual roots back to the prophet Elijah, but its practical foundation is in the twelfth century, round about the...

Terror, Darkness, Lucy and Light

Another terrorist Christmas attack, in Strasbourg, France - on the border with Germany - with the young man of particular religious persuasion yelling the...

Am I not your Mother?

On a rather chilly morning on a hillside outside what is now Mexico City, in the year of our Lord 1531, while the Protestant ‘Reformation’ was...

Damasus’ Incarnational Faith

Pope Saint Damasus (b. 305), who oversaw the universal Church from 366 to his death in good old age in 384, is perhaps best...

Mary, Conceived without sin

I am the Immaculate ConceptionThese are the words Our Lady said to Saint Bernadette Sobirous, when asked by the young saint who she was....

Ambrose, the Silent Reader

Ambrose was not even baptized when in 374, as Governor of Aemilia-Liguria in northern Italy, he went to a church to quell a conflict...

Sanctus Nicholas

We know quite little of Saint Nicholas of Myra. That he was born in Myra - now in Turkey - where he was bishop most...