Father Magallanes’ Mexican Martyrdom

The twentieth century saw the rise of various vicious anti-Catholic regimes, totalitarian and ruthless in stamping out the Church. Ecrasez l’infame! Voltaire would sign...

Saint Roch Against the Plague

August 16th, besides the public memorial of King Stephen of Hungary, is also the feast of a very popular mediaeval Saint, Roch of Montpellier,...

The Miraculous Friar of Pietrelcina

While we're on the topic of signs, the life of today's saint, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, was filled with them. His long life as...

Pius’ Salutary and Courageous Reform

Saint Pius X (+1914) was the first of peasant to be elected Pope in centuries, the bishops of Rome all being chosen from the...

The Stigmata of Saint Francis

On September 17th, the Franciscan Order celebrates the Feast when our Seraphic Father Francis received the Stigmata of the Crucified Christ. The servant of God,...

Mater Dolorosa, Mother of Sorrows

A blessed memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows to all, a feast begun in the 1233 - in the youth of that greatest of...

Gregory, a Pope for All Seasons

One of the great joys of history is reminiscing about the past, giving hope for the present; for history is ‘eschatological’, moving towards a...

Our Lady of Walsingham, England’s Dowry

(In light of today's official 'feast' of Our Lady of Walsingham, September 24th, the premier Marian shrine in the British Isles, I am re-posting...

Saints Chanel, Montfort and Wojtyla

On this joyful Eastertide day, we celebrate a double memorial: Saint Peter Chanel (+1841) who evangelized the island of Futuna in the South Pacific...

Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster OSB (1880-1954): A Pastor Whose Heart Burned with Christ’s Love

On August 30th, as a Church we joyfully celebrate the liturgical memorial of a great but largely unknown pastor of the Church, Blessed Alfredo...