Wheat and Tares

“Heaven” should not be understood only in the sense that it towers above us, because this infinite space also takes the form of human interiority. Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a field of wheat to enable us to understand that something small and...

Martha, Mary and Ill-Fated Marriage

Our Lady of Fatima purportedly revealed to young Jacinta that many marriages are not willed by God, the truth of which may be borne out by a mere cursory glance around the world. Today is the anniversary of what seem to have been two such ill-fated unions. On July...

Walking the Opeongo Line with Saint Ann

A brief note from the now-shuttered, yet still beautifully maintained, parish of Saint Joseph’s, on the Opeongo Line, as we, about 90 or so pilgrims, make our way from Our Lady of Fatima in Renfrew to the shrine of Saint Ann’s in Cormac. Begun by diocesan...

Peter of the Golden Words

Saint Peter Chrysologous (+450) was, as the traditional account has it, chosen bishop of Ravenna in 433 after the Pope, Sixtus III, had a vision of Saint Peter and Saint Apollinaris (former bishop of Ravenna) who pointed out a young man as the next episcopus. Soon...

Can Popes be Heretics?

Is the Pope a heretic? should sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but is a charge that has been made by a group of level-headed theologians. I was a bit taken aback by the claim, and thought a good place to find an answer is the current Code of Canon Law, which...

Philip and Angie: Wedding Homily

On Saturday, I officiated at the wedding of Angie Scandale and Philip O’Reilly. The celebration would have been memorable for the music alone – the choir consisted of Philip’s past and present students from St. Andrew’s High School, where he...

How I Worked Against Stress This Week

Yesterday I skimmed a lawyer’s cease-and-desist letter, said “Not my problem”, sent it to my editors and went sailing out to exercise class. This is probably not what the author thought would happen. However, I had had a glorious week fighting the...