A Debacle of a Debate

I watched a bit of the ‘debate’ last night between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and I use that term reservedly.  A debate is...

Labor et Dolor

We recently held a faculty retreat at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, whose theme was 'Play'.  A curious focus, one might think, for serious-minded...

Nature and Poetry

I apologize to my merry band of faithful readers for not posting for a bit.  I have been away, with limited time to write,...

Good King Louis

We celebrate today in the universal Church one of my own favorites (not least since I was baptized on this day in bonnie Scotland...

Enhancing the End of the Olympics

Thus endeth the 2016 Rio Olympics, with their share of oddities, but without major mishap or terrorist attack, God be praised.  Canada finished in...

Clarifying Thoughts on the Olympic Ideal

I suppose I am in the Olympic mood, but a couple of further thoughts on sports and athletics, which are on most people's minds,...

Bodily and Spiritual Strength

While we're on the theme of athletics, I came across an article claiming that men are 30% weaker now than they were even a...

Papal Reverence

We are in the midst of an enigmatic papacy, and many Catholics know not how to respond to Pope Francis.  Well, some think they...

Pope Francis, Islam and World Youth Day

I suppose Pope Francis is correct that we should not strictly identify Islam with terrorism, but a lot depends on how one defines 'terrorism'. ...

Facing East, and Other Thoughts

As I have mentioned previously, Cardinal Sarah, the head of the Congregation of Divine Worship (so the highest authority in these matters besides the...