Lives Noble and Ignoble

Today is the feast of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (+1637) and his companion martyrs, put to death by the anti-Catholic shogunate in Japan, and who...

Signs in the Heavens

Signs, signs, everywhere, signs, blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind...So sang the Five Man Electrical Band in their 1970 anti-establishment ballad, whose lyrics...

The Battle of Vienna 1683

September 12th marks the anniversary of the Battle of Vienna, in 1683, when the army of the Holy Roman Empire, particularly with the help...

Hurricanes, Pot and Claver’s Charity

The inchoate and fevered brain of Jennifer Lawrence, the over-feted Hunger Games and X-Men actress, is partly right, that horrific hurricane Irma, now the...

A Tale of Two Princesses

September 5th was the 20th anniversary of the death of Teresa of Calcutta, canonized by Pope John Paul II on September 4th, 2003, but...

Of Hiroshima and Houston

I have an article published this morning in Crisis magazine on the evils of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, responding to an author...

John A’s and Saint Bartholomew’s Imperfections

The iconoclasm and historical revisionism continues apace in the United States, with statues toppling on the left, right and centre, mainly on the right,...

Lessons from Kolbe and Auschwitz

To be honest, I was not fully aware until I came to Auschwitz a few years ago while on pilgrimage in Poland that there...

You’ve Been Googled

James Damore, an engineer at Google (or should I say former engineer at Google) was fired recently for sending around a memo criticizing his company's...

Sixtus II, Pope and Martyr

A blessed memorial of Pope Saint Sixtus II and Companion Martyrs, who were beheaded along with six of his deacons in witness to the...