SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Life & Soul
January 17, 2021
Christopher Altieri
"A gentle and caring pastor," was how the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert recalled Archbishop Tartaglia, "who combined compassion with a piercing intellect." Bishop Gilbert went on to say, "[W]e will miss his wisdom and wit very much."
January 11, 2021
Emily C. A. Snyder
I started counting the days since anyone had touched me: back in March, a friend hugged me good-bye. The day before my world collapsed. At least we hugged each other. What day was that? No idea. What month, then? March. That was March. Then April came. The churches closed. This was … June? July? What day is it? What month is it? At least I know the year.
January 11, 2021
Richard Cipolla
“You”, he shouted, “the one who dresses up like a priest every day like an idiot in this summer heat, I forgot your name, what’s your name? “  “Ricardus”, I answered in dread. “OK, hot shot, look at that verb in the fourth line of the page we are reading: tell me everything you know about it.”
January 10, 2021
Fritz Bauerschmidt
"In our desire for mastery over our lives, and the lives of others, we will believe and promote falsehoods; we will deny and suppress the truth to bolster our egos, even when doing so deadens our souls and harms those around us." - Deacon Fritz Bauerschmidt
December 07, 2020
Eleanor Parker
The liturgical season of Advent has given rise to many great traditions, from the election of the Boy Bishop, to St Nicholas, to Carolling.
December 04, 2020
Constance Watson
“An American voice came on the phone. ‘Hi, this is Meghan Markle. Want to play at my wedding?’” The call from Kensington Palace was for the 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and it led to the moment on May 19 2018 when he would play at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. After he got the call, he
November 29, 2020
Br. Mark Dohle
In our monastery’s large refectory, at the furthest end, a large cross hangs over the abbot’s place. It is the cross we use on Good Friday. I sometimes will walk down to it, the refectory dark except for the light that is over the cross. I will stand there and sip my coffee and pray,
November 05, 2020
Fr Andrew Pinsent
Inspiration is important to every kind of human knowledge, art, and practical skill, but what is it?
November 02, 2020
Fr Lawrence Lew, OP
November is a time for remembering our mortality and the lives of those who have gone before us
November 02, 2020
Charles Coulombe
The month of November has always been a magical time for me – as it is for many other people
October 16, 2020
William A Thomas
From the mid-16th century onwards, small groups of Irish Cath­olics used to gather at remote flat rocks in the hills of rural areas to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. These popular places became known as “Mass Rocks”. There were thousands of them dotted all over Ireland, helping the Catholic faith survive under
October 16, 2020
Charles Coulombe
Sanctity is probably not something we would immediately associate with anyone connected with the European Union. But just as the Founding Fathers might not recognise their handiwork in the modern United States government, nor Dag Hammarskjold his in the current dominant ideology at the United Nations, nor the framers of the Statute of Westminster theirs