Christmas classics: 5 films for you and your family to rediscover

As we celebrate the supreme gift of the Incarnation, and ponder again the miraculous love of our God, Who comes into our little human lives at Christmas and makes Himself one of us, it is also a great time to treasure the simple things that are dear to us, that make memories, and that fill […]


What Are People For?: Les Miserables Musings

Last Sunday when viewing Thomas Hooper’s recent film Les Miserables, I was struck by its rich meditation on the human person. At first I assumed the French Victor Hugo must have been a practicing Catholic, though after a bit of research it seems like the Catholic influence came from his wife and her family. Hugo’s own […]


Can the Church Grow with the Times?

In a fast-moving secular world, many people’s complaint about the Church is that it is old fashioned. While I can understand their point (and perhaps at times this is actually what draws me to the Catholic Church), upon closer inspection, the Church does have innovation and newness to her, you just have to look. Recently, […]

Marian Gardening: Job’s Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi)

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” -Psalms 125:5 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). There are two reasons for mourning: firstly, in repentence of our own sins, like Mary Magdalene (“she began to wash his feet, with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her […]