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      Random Reflections on Jacques Maritain

      Recently I was startled to realize, it being so uneasy a reminder of my own mortality, that the eminent French philosopher Jacques Maritain has...

      Why We Need More Bellarmines

      Before we get to Bellarmine, for those of you who would like to peruse my take on the strange saga of James Christian Agelles,...

      Whence and What Authority?

      “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them…” So quoted Malvolio in Shakespseare’s Twelfth Night (albeit as he read from a letter...

      27th Sunday: The vineyard of the Lord

      Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven and see; have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand has...

      Empowering our youth to make a mess

      In one of his World Youth Day homilies, Pope Francis told the throng of enthusiastic young adults that he wants a "mess." "I want...

      He Descended into Hell

      (As we begin these latter days of Advent, awaiting the imminent arrival of our Saviour, it would do us well to ponder what indeed...

      The Art of Giving and Receiving Gifts

      The highlight of Christmas is the Midnight Mass. There is an aura and smell of festivities, the church is beautifully decorated, elegantly dressed people...

      The Mass as Spectacle

      The visiting priest came with members of his Order and a few singers. They were there to raise money and awareness for their charity...

      Catholic Teaching: Counter-Cultural and Necessary

      (by John Baldino)Many of the teachings, traditions and practices of the Catholic Church are in contrast to the beliefs, habits and norms of modern...

      St. James the Greater

      Our September artist Andrew Wilson Smith is a freelance sculptor and stone carver, working in a variety of media including cast bronze, plaster, and...