Ave Maria, Regina Mundi et Coeli!

A blessed memorial of the Queenship of Mary, a feast formally instituted by Pope Pius XII on October 11, 1954, in his encyclical Ad...

Mourning Travesties and Glaciers

'Travesty' does not seem to begin to describe what has happened in a court in Victoria, Australia, with the appeal of George Cardinal Pell...

Saint John Eudes and Giving Our All

Saint John Eudes (+1680) was, like all saints, ahead of his time. During the fractious century in the wake of the Protestant ‘reformation’, he...

Hippolytus, Pontian, Pope and AntiPope

Just like Popes, anti-Popes come and go, sometimes even during their own lifetimes. Hippolytus is one such figure: The history is somewhat obscure, but...

De Chantal’s Visitation

Jane Frances Fremiot (+1641) was a beautiful, refined young woman from Burgundy, betrothed to the Baron de Chantal at 21 years old; and a...

The Laughter of Lawrence

You all may know the story of Saint Lawrence (+258) a Spaniard from Valencia, chosen in the very bloom of his early maturity by...

Edith Stein’s Cross

Edith Stein (+ 1942) was a brilliant philosopher, earning her doctorate summa cum laude in August of 1916 on the problem of empathy. Brought up in...

Dominic and the Goodness of God’s Creation

Saint Dominic, who died in 1221, four years before his most famous spiritual son, Thomas of Aquinas was born was, like the famed ‘Dumb...

The Heads of Sixtus and Companions

Historians count ten traditional persecutions of Christians in the early Church – up until the Edict of Milan in 313 under Emperor Constantine, who...

Hiroshima’s Hellfire

As well as being the feast of the Transfiguration, this day also has the sombre anniversary of the first of two - and so...