Saint Francois de Laval: A Man for Canada

Saint Francois-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval (+1708), the first bishop of Quebec, two centuries before ‘Canada’ even existed, began life in France, a descendant from nobility...

Holy, or False, Innocence?

Marc Bauerlein has an insightful essay on false innocence in the recent issue of First Things, describing those who feign an innocence that, perhaps...

For a Few More Medical Moscatis

April 12th marked the anniversary of the death of Saint Joseph Moscati, an Italian physician, who dedicated his life to helping the sick and the...

Dance me to the end of love

Is love dead, actually? A recent article bemoans the fact that we – well, Americans in particular – are falling out of love with...

Charbel’s Hidden Fruitfulness

Today is the memorial of Saint Charbel Maklouf (+1898), an ascetic, chaste, humble example of monastic sanctity, who spent his life as a priest-hermit...

A Night in Paris

I had this romantic notion on the pilgrimage of sailing away from my native land, watching the ‘white cliffs of Dover’ recede into the...

The Objective Superiority of Consecrated Life, or Why, ‘Tis Better Not to Marry?

Before we leave the great French-Canadian missionary Saint Marie of the Incarnation in the liturgical rear-view mirror, a word on the consecrated life as...

Cyril, Methodius and Valentine

Today in the universal calendar we celebrate the ninth-century monks and missionaries Saints Cyril and Methodius, patrons of Europe, who translated the Liturgy into...

Early Canadian Fortitude

Today, September 26th, is the feast of the Canadian or, if you will, the North American Martyrs.  They were all Jesuits, six priests and...

Notre Dame and France’s Baptism

Nothing is accidental in God’s providence, which guides all things – concretely and immediately – to their final end, in the overall plan He...