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      Remembering Father Alphonse de Valk

      (Today marks the anniversary of the death of Father Alphonse de Valk, C.S.B., a doughty and indefatigable Basilian priest, pro-life-and-family apostle, and the founder...

      Third Sunday of Easter: Christ, the Atoning Sacrifice

      Jesus Christ the righteous…he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole...

      Masterpieces of Easter Music

      The original Gregorian chant of the traditional Easter sequence, Victimae paschali laudes, which goes back to the 11th century, perhaps to Wipo of Burgundy,...

      The Case Against Abortion

      (In light of today's commemoration of Saint Margaret of Castello, patroness of the unborn, and of Arizona's recent instantiation of pro-life laws protecting the...

      Thomas Aquinas and Natural Law Theory

      Introduction Natural law is a theory in ethics and philosophy that says that human beings possess intrinsic values that govern their reasoning and behavior.  Natural...

      Saint Stanislaus of Szczepanów

      We celebrate Saint Stanislaus today (+ April 11, 1079), bishop and martyr, who accepted the episcopacy only at the direct order of Pope Alexander...

      The Eclipse and the Via Negativa

      An eleven-year-old boy in our neighbourhood told me that for today’s eclipse passing through Eastern Ontario, he was going to fill up a big...

      Vivaldi’s Magnificat

      Monsignor Antonio Vivaldi was not only one of the greatest of Baroque composers, but also a Catholic priest, who directed a girls' orphanage, for...

      Homily of JP II in the Basilica of the Annunciation, 2000

      A blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation to one and all! Verbum caro factum est, alleluia! The feast is moved this year, since its traditional...

      Divine Mercy Sunday and the Pierced Side of Christ

      ‘Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe’… ‘My Lord and my God!’ (Jn. 20:18)). Today is Divine...