Lent’s Little Lights

One of the most beautiful uplifting things that helps me stay focused on Lent is the theme of light. In his Angelus address of Sunday 28 February 2021,...

Don’t Get Comatose: The Barbarism of Bill C-7

George Santayana's aphorism that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it came to mind quite forcefully this week. And, I...

Almsgiving in the Twenty-first Century

“Grace builds on nature.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas) This statement from Saint Thomas’s Summa expresses in succinct form the theological insight that creation and redemption are...

When I Die, Do I Want to Be a…Tree?

This phrase recently appeared in the Ottawa Citizen in an article on the greening of death, a quote from Susan Koswan, a Waterloo writer...

A Brief History of Eminent Atheists

Here is a sober thought. Let us suppose we might be looking for the first atheists in the history of the world. My candidates...

The Feast of the Chair of Peter

On Monday February 22 we celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St Peter. What do we mean by the Chair of Peter and...

First Sunday of Lent: Purified and Perfected by Penance

After Jesus was baptized, the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan (Mk. 1:12). On...

Chastity: Appreciating An Underappreciated Virtue

”Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged” (John 19: 1) The visions of the 19th century German mystic, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, vividly depict...

The Psychology of Fasting

Fasting was an essential aspect of primitive Christianity, as it had been in Old Testament times. That the followers of Jesus would fast is...

Enforcing the Party Line – Or is that Lie?

We shall proclaim destruction – why? why? – well, Because the idea is so fascinating. But we must get a little exercise. We’ll have a few...