Darkness and Pronouns

And thick darkness shall cover the land…The widespread blackouts in Manitoba and California – regions which otherwise share almost nothing else in common – signify our tenuous hold on what we call ‘civilization’. Contrary to...

Luke, Evangelist, Physician, Artist

Saint Luke (+84), the author of the third Gospel, as well, as our Tradition has it, of the Acts of the Apostles, was hence responsible for a quarter of the New Testament, more than any other author. He may have also had a hand in the Letter to the Hebrews. In Saint...

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...