The Choice of Saint Matthias

In today Office of Readings for the feast of Saint Matthias, Saint John Chrysostom writes 'neque dixerunt: Elige, sed ostende electum - quem elegeris,...

The Patronage of Saints

When the Church canonizes some of her faithful as ‘saints’, she is declaring that they lived a Christian life more perfectly, practising charity in...

The Church and China

It was a dramatic scene: venerable Cardinal Zen, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, a lifelong foe and survivor of Communism in China, a spiritual...

Altar Boys

I found an old picture of my father in an attic drawer. It was taken on the occasion of the St. Peter’s Altar Boy...

A Few Good Men

This past Saturday was the solemnity of the birth of Saint John the Baptist, a feast that commemorates the beginning of the end of...

James the Greater and Humanae Vitae: Signs of Contradiction

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint James 'the Greater', not because of any intrinsic superior quality to the other James, 'the Lesser', the...

Gay Wizards and the Benedict Option

I enjoyed a discussion recently with some priest friends on the Benedict Option, particularly as this applies to education.  How much do we 'retreat'...

Rumblings in the Jungle

Mount Agung in the Indonesian resort island of Bali is currently erupting, and residents and tourists are waiting to see if it will really...

Vincent and Roe

Saint Vincent the Deacon (+304), who suffered grievously under the Diocletian persecution, is a providential saint for this sombre anniversary of the 1973 Roe...

Blessed Blondin and Bureaucracy

Bd. Marie-Anne Blondin (+1890), whose feast was just the other day, and of whom you may never have heard, founded a religious congregation of...