Bartholomew’s Lack of Guile

We don't know all that much about today's saint, Bartholomew, the 'son of consolation', identified with the 'Nathaniel', the enigmatic figure in the first...

The Queenship of Mary, All Holy and All Good, and, then there’s Justin…

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

The Salutary Reforms of Saint Pius X

We should pray today to Pope Saint Pius X (1835-1914) for all the woes we are currently facing in the Church. He too was...

Fathers, Presidents and History

Today is the memorial of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1190 – 1153), named after the ‘clear valley’ in which he helped establish a Cistercian...

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 Gift of a Consecrated Life

We need some good news stories, and I was witness to one yesterday, as Sister Margaret Mary MacGrath of the Sisters of Our Lady...

The Message of Mary

A blessed and joyful solemnity of the Assumption, the greatest of the feasts of Our Lady, commemorating her entrance into heaven, body and soul,...

Scandals, Kolbe and Mary

I am here at the Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome, waiting for my (delayed) flight back to Toronto and, well, back to life...

Tales of Canterbury

I hurtle in one of France’s TGV’s towards Rome, with ancient, stone-built French villages blurring by, nestled quite naturally in the breathtaking beauty of...

San Lorenzo in Roma

A blessed feast of Saint Lawrence to all our readers, the third century martyr whose quite literally legendary life echoes through the ages, his...