St. John Vianney

The New Secular Puritan Covenant

Thanksgiving brings back memories for Americans of the Pilgrims and Puritans, carrying out their “errand into the wilderness” to build a “city on a hill,” surviving that first bleak Massachusetts winter of 1620-21. As a kid, I remember that cutting out Puritan hats from black construction paper and taping them to the school windows was [...]

The Saints of August

August can be a dreadful month, with summer heat and lethargy at their peak. This is why so many take the month off, or most of it, heading to favored spots for vacation. Congress “recesses” for the month, a well-deserved break from months spent bickering and accomplishing practically nothing. Traditionally, many European offices are shuttered [...]

The Bicentennial Ordination Anniversary of St. John Vianney

He was raised up by Divine Providence in the same generation as St. Catherine Laboure and St. Peter Julian Eymard. He shares a birthday with Bishop Fulton Sheen and St. Peter Canisius. He was a contemporary of President Lincoln and Queen Victoria. Six Popes sat in Peter’s Chair during his lifetime, including the longest serving [...]

The Devil’s Most Effective Foe

Not even the casual observer of Salvation History can fail to conclude that Our Lord loves the unlikely.  He chose a teenage girl from the backwater of Nazareth to bring the King of Kings into the world.  He called a fisherman who was, as Chesterton put it, “a snob and a shuffler,” to helm His [...]

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