Canada Up in Smoke

On October 17th of year last, marijuana was officially legalized in Canada, only the second sovereign nation to let loose the reins of law on the notorious drug (the other being Uruguay, with other nations taking a more incremental approach). Nine States have also...

Ignatius’ Bread and Canada’s Weed

Saint Ignatius of Antioch (+107) joyfully ‘went to the lions’, as the saying goes, meeting his martyrdom in the Coliseum, perhaps less than a decade after the death of the last Apostle, John the Evangelist. Ignatius was the epi-scopos – literally the...

Four Saints in One

We celebrate a veritable panoply of saints today: In Canada, we have the memorial of Saint Marguerite D’Youville (+1771), a lovely French Canadian mademoiselle, who married young to a dissolute man, Francois D’Youville, a dissipated bootlegger who sold...

All Too Human Saints and Prophets

A blessed Sunday to all our readers, on which we always commemorate Christ’s resurrection and triumph over decay and destruction, trampling death for all eternity. The readings speak of the cleansing of the lepers, Naaman, by the prophet Elisha, and the ten, by...

A Danse Macabre of a Debate

Concerning the other night’s ‘debate’, allow me to offer the following enthymeme, a sort of summarized syllogism described by Aristotle: When a society loses faith, it loses reason. When we lose reason, we lose manners. When we lose manners, we lost...

Benedict Beatifying Newman

(As a lead up to Cardinal Newman’s canonization this Sunday, we thought we would offer the homily preached by Pope Benedict when he beatified the Oratorian a novena of years ago now…) MASS WITH THE BEATIFICATION OF VENERABLE CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN...

Denis, Leonardi and Newman

We have two saints on the universal calendar today, and one blessed yet to be put thereon, who will be canonized this Sunday. In historical order, the first is Saint Denis, patron of Paris, her first bishop, and of France. He was likely martyred in the mid-third...

Newman the Kindly Prophet

Although he died on August 11th, this is the day the Church has chose to commemorate Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (+1890); for it was on October 9th, 1845 that the former Anglican minister, halfway through his earthly journey, finally convinced of the truths of...

A Tale of Two Synods

Today marks the beginning of two synods, the one on the ‘Amazon’, with its controversial working document, and the one in Germany, with perhaps its even more controversial agenda: Married priests; ‘natural revelation’ given to indigenous...