Puffballs

“What can go wrong?” I asked, “the book says it is safe, and it shows a picture of the thing. Listen! It says right...

Saint Patrick’s Emerald Hope

(Here is a re-posting of some thoughts on Saint Patrick's Day. Much has happened since then, and this will be a muted celebration, with...

Canadians in arms pt 3

Camouflage S. M. George Massey, C.M.S.C. from B.M.A. “Blitz,” Vol. 1, No. 3 Brockville, ON: July 1942. They tell us tales of camouflage, The art of hiding things; Of painted...

Easter, Popularity and Populism

I hope that all our readers are enjoying their 'week of Sundays' during this Easter Octave, every day a solemnity, to be celebrated with...

Pope Francis’ Troubling Terminology

There is a principle in theology – which applies to other sciences as well – that we interpret the less authoritative, the less precise...

Maria Goretti, Lust and the Noon-Day Devil

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God (Mt 5:8) But I say to you every one who looks at a woman...

The True Ecumenism of Saint Francis de Sales

In this week of prayer for Christian unity, I have an article on the Toronto archdiocesan webpage – or more like a few brief...

Saint John Eudes and Giving Our All

Saint John Eudes (+1680) was, like all saints, ahead of his time. During the fractious century in the wake of the Protestant ‘reformation’, he...

A Few Good Men

A blessed Friday to all, as we continue this journey through June, and soon into summer. Spring should bring hope, and the promise of...

Generally Speaking

On American morals As I also have the habit, and have never been able to imagine how it could be connected with morality or immorality,...