How St Mathias Shows the Way

St Mathias - by Rubens

Today is the Feast of St Mathias–the Apostle who was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. His selection is very instructive–showing us the way to make decisions as Catholics and being a defense of the Apostolic Succession and the living, dynamic authority of the Church. It all comes from the passage in the Acts of the [Read More...]

Mary Queen of Heaven: The Bible Tells Me So

queen of heaven

Calling Mary the “Queen of Heaven” seems to most non-Catholics a title too far. How can the simple girl from Nazareth be “Queen of Heaven”? Isn’t that a pagan term? In fact, isn’t the “Queen of Heaven” actually condemned in the Bible? In Jeremiah 44 the Hebrews are blamed for turning back to false gods [Read More...]

A Little Lesson in Moral Theology

I am no moral theologian, but I understand some basics, and if more people understood the basics of Catholic moral theology they would understand (even if they did not agree with) the Catholic teaching on certain moral actions much debated in our society. The basic principle is this: every action is always either objectively right [Read More...]

Mother of God in the Month of May

mother-of-god

Having a sandwich with my buddy–a former Baptist–when we were discussing the Mother of God. “Mary is the defender of Christian orthodoxy” I explained. “If you have the wrong view of Mary you will almost certainly have the wrong view of Christ. If you have the right view of Mary you will almost certainly have [Read More...]

Divine Mercy–Light in the Darkness

Divine Mercy

Recently I have been increasingly drawn to the Divine Mercy devotion. At the Catholic leadership conference in Philadelphia I met Fr Michael Gaitley–who is the director of the Divine Mercy shrine in ¬†Massachusetts and listened to his powerful talk on the Divine Mercy. I have begun praying the Divine Mercy chaplet every day, and have [Read More...]

Immaculata: from the Head to the Heart

Immaculate Conception Mosaic

It is often said that the longest journey is from the head to the heart. In other words, we can sometimes understand something intellectually, but until it gets into the heart–the seat of emotion and the seat of our will–it will only ever be a good idea. This is what happened to me with the [Read More...]


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