The Cult of Sentimentalism

“A sentimentalist is one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.” Oscar Wilde Stuffed animals, flickering candles, cello-wrapped flowers, unfocussed...

The Lasting Legacies of Peter and Paul

Keeper of the Keys Most readers are familiar with the various Gospel accounts of St. Peter as the Apostle specially chosen by Christ to “feed...

Dishonest Wealth Made Honest

Twenty-fifth Sunday Per Annum (C) September 22, 2019. You cannot serve God and wealth (Lk. 16:13). At face value, it would seem that that the Gospel...

Personhood and Abortion:  A Historical Review in the Catholic Tradition

Introduction In 1973 the controversial Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the United States.  In that first year alone, about 700,000 abortions...

Moral Meltdown: A Magisterial View of the Morality of Embryo Adoption

Perusing the website of Snowflakes, an American adoption agency, the viewer is presented with myriad photos of respectable, young-to-middle-aged couples radiantly embracing beautiful, healthy,...

Mass in Pyjamas?

When I go to work during this pandemic, I make doubly sure that I am properly dressed and have adequate PPE – 'personal protective...

The Comforting Strength of the Holy Mass

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you,...

Pope Francis on the Assumption

Dear Brothers and Sisters! At the end of its Constitution on the Church, the Second Vatican Council left us a very beautiful meditation on Mary...

Defining Virtue

In his Confessions, the brilliant St. Augustine tells his reader that he knows quite well what time is, until someone asks him to define...

Our Brokeness and the Eucharist

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take...