Smoke Can Blind Us (Lent 4.A)

My father and his sister both played the piano, and from time to time they would do a four-hand duet at family gatherings. As far as I remember, they always played the same thing—Jerome Kern’s popular song “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”I thought...

Childless Despair and Childlike Hope

This rather sad article recounts the growing movement of deliberate childlessness, in the United States, and beyond. Or, as those in the movement like to call themselves, ‘child-free’, to remove any connotations that being somehow ‘child-less’...

Pope Saint John Paul II’s Last Lent

Here is Pope Saint John Paul II’s final Lenten meditation, which he finished on September 8th, 2005 – the birthday of Our Lady – just before his death on April 2nd, 2005. A fitting recollection on the joy – and sacrifice – of ageing well,...

The Layered Meaning of the Prodigal Son

In 1861, John William Burgon, the (Anglican) dean of Chichester cathedral, preached a sermon in Christ Church cathedral, Oxford, that included the following statement: THE BIBLE is none other than the voice of Him that sitteth upon the Throne! Every Book of...

Losing Canada

When the cross atop Mount Royal was first erected in 1924, the Montreal Gazette described it as “a memorial to the survival of the Canadian people, whose growth was, in the early struggles, parallel to the growth of the faith which is represented by the...

A New Archbishop, and a Mystery Solved

seatofwisdom.ca Bishop Michael Mulhall – who has led the diocese of Pembroke since 2007, wherein I and the College at which I teach both happen to reside – has been appointed by Pope Francis, as of today, March 28th, as the Archbishop-elect of Kingston. He...

From the Desert

Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness (1 Cor. 10:5). These sobering words from our epistle reading describe the fate of most of the Jewish people who had been saved from slavery in Egypt. Our first reading...

Kissing Rings and Boxing Rings

The Holy Father has just completed his one-day pilgrimage to the Holy House of Loreto. As tradition has it – not of divine faith, but small-t ‘tradition’ – this is the original house of the Holy Family in Judea which, in the 13th century, was...