The Seraphic Doctor: Saint Bonaventure

Some of the 'Doctors of the Church' have epithets, and Saint Bonaventure, whom we celebrate today, is the 'seraphic', perhaps for his transcendent teaching;...

Matthew’s Marvelous Metanoia

Saint Matthew, also known as Levi, presents Christ as the new Moses, leading His people from the darkness and slavery of sin into the...

Sweden’s Charitable Bibliophile Bridget

Before Sweden was known for ABBA and IKEA  – two exports not to everyone’s taste, even if billion-dollar brands – along with a soft,...

A Day of Four Saints

We celebrate a veritable panoply of saints today: In Canada, we have the memorial of Saint Marguerite D’Youville (+1771), the first Canadian-born saint -...

St Margaret Mary Alacoque: The Saint who Directs Us to Jesus’ Most Loving and...

The feast of St Margaret Mary Alacoque, which we celebrate today, Saturday October 16, reminds us of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was on...

Saint Teresa’s Dark Night

September 5th is the feast of St Teresa of Calcutta, this year on a Sunday, but a few words may be in order, as...

Matthias’ Achieving Greatness

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them  So wrote the Bard in his 1602 play the Twelfth Night, and...

Angels Guardian

This memorial of the Guardian Angels goes back to the year 1500, the very dawn of the Protestant ‘Reformation’, seventeen years before Luther would...

Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine, Foundress of Canada

We have celebrated a number of 'Catherines' of late in our liturgical calendar, two of them Canadian: Kateri Tekakwitha on April 17th, the native...

Edith Stein’s Cross

Edith Stein (+ 1942) was a brilliant philosopher, earning her doctorate summa cum laude in August of 1916 on the problem of empathy - understanding...