Christmas – a Lifeline and a Love Letter

If you have elderly parents, or are elderly yourself, you’re probably familiar with the alarms worn around the neck or on a bracelet. Someone living alone can summon help at the push of a button. (I hasten to add that I have no personal experience with this,...

Farewell to Future Generations

It is oft good – if still disheartening – to read of one’s deepest fears realized, for it signifies that one’s thoughts are tending in the right direction, even if those same thoughts lead to a dark place. It is thus that I, with some...

Canisius the Indefatigable

Saint Peter Canisius’ life (1521-1597) spans the century of what history inaccurately calls the Protestant ‘reformation’, while describing our saint as one of the foremost champions of what is unfortunately called the Catholic...

The Salvific Message of Christmas

As we draw close to Christmas, waiting in these days of darkness, it is profitable to reflect on the purpose of the Incarnation. An anecdote I heard once has it that someone spray-painted on a highway rock-face, Jesus saves!, below which someone attempting humour...