CONVERGING IMPROBABILITIES

So everyone knows that I’m heading to Italy to attend (and concelebrate) the Mass of canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman.  What could be better than taking (a very small!) active part in the honoring of my own personal spiritual and theological hero? ...

LET’S GET VULGAR

Before everyone freaks out, what do I actually mean?  The word “vulgar” has come to mean crude and/or obscene.  But that is not quite the original meaning that has morphed into this modern sense.  The earlier, original, meaning of the word was used to...

TWIN SAINTS

This Thursday is the Memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian.  They are worth getting to know.           According to the tradition, they were twin brothers, born in Syria, and they were physicians.   Contrary...

GLORYING IN THE CROSS

As Catholics (and as many other Christians), we think nothing shameful about wearing a cross or crucifix (unless, of course, we’re reluctant to “identify” as believers).  But do we think of what we are doing and saying when we wear it?...

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

This coming Friday, 13 September, is the Memorial of St John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople and Doctor of the Church.  He was a vehement opponent of what he saw as corruption, especially corruption in the imperial court, and he was exiled by the Empress...