Merrie England Once More

As I begin this reflection, I am on my way to the Devon coast, having just passed through Bath, set up by the Romans...

The Echo of Glencoe

On the way to the Highlands, about thirty or so miles north of Dumbarton, one passes through a valley of sombre beauty and history,...

Ben Nevis

When one first arrives in Scotland, everything seems a wee bit, well, smaller or, as they might put it, ‘wee-er’. The streets are narrow,...

Catholic Glasgow

On an intersection in Scotland’s largest city, at Glasgow Cross, the Jesuit priest Saint John Ogilvie, after brutal tortures by the ‘King’s Men’ in...

Remembering Ancestors

If for the Romanas it was 'dulce et decorum pro patribus mori, sweet and proper to die for one's nation, literally, one's fathers, it...

Singing, Sex-Ed and Louis and Zelie Martin

Paula Adamick in her article today, in her usual vivid way, connects the cultural trajectory from the ‘long, hot summer’ of 1968 to the...

On Martyrdom and True Religious Freedom

Carl Sundell has a very a propos article today in Catholic Insight on the remarkable Frank Sheed (+1982), a Catholic lay apologist who emphasized...

Maria Goretti and the Noonday Devil

On a hot and sweltering July 6th 1902, in a small farming town in the fetid area outside of Rome, a young maiden of not-yet...

Pier of Italy and Elizabeth of Portugal

On this July the 4th we have two saints, Elizabeth of Portugal (+1336), queen, wife, mother, widow, peacemaker, third order Franciscan who, after her...

Doubting Thomas and the Nature of Faith

Today is the feast of Saint Thomas, the Apostle, who gets a bit of a bad rap as 'doubting' Thomas, a term is that...