He Shall Give His Angels Charge Over You

My family were attending a High School football game, and were sitting high up in the bleachers. My little sister–a skinny little thing–was seven years old. When the home team scored a touchdown everyone stood up and cheered. She did too, and as she did, she slipped through the narrow gap between the seat of [Read More...]

Tough Little Sister

Therese once said, “I believe I am humble.”I was speaking at a conference on the saint when someone asked the obvious question, “How could she have said, ‘I believe I am humble?’ Surely if you think you’re humble, you’re proud, and therefore you’re not humble, and you’re certainly not a saint.”The answer comes in discovering [Read More...]

The Little Flower

I was sitting in a room in Oxford at a conference when I heard John Saward mention the Little Way of St Therese. I had just been finishing my book on the Rule of St Benedict and remembered that he referred to his rule as a ‘little rule for beginners. ‘Little Rule’ and ‘Little Way’ [Read More...]

Rosaries or Rifles?

Daily Telegraph journalist Sam Leith has a good piece on the present revolt in Burma where Buddhist monks are turning out in their thousands–supported by crowds of ordinary people to protest against the military dictatorship in their country. It is reminiscent of the scenes in the Philippines, Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe in [Read More...]

Thought for the Day

This was sent in by a reader: …Protestants, especially fundamentalists, object that they consider “Scripture alone” to be the “infallible” authority within the Church. And Catholics are obliged to agree that Scripture contains, at least materially, all the truth God willed to reveal to us. But both history and logic confirm Pontificator’s Second Law: “When [Read More...]

Extraordinary Priest

This could only happen to the extraordinary Fr. Nicholas Schofield in London: first he goes out to visit Catholics in Dubai of all places, next thing you know he’s attending a requiem for the Cardinal Duke of York, last of the rightful Stuart Catholic monarchs of England, then he finally makes it home to find [Read More...]


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