Eco-trad Worries

The environment. I am torn between hopefully banning all new plastic from the house and despairing that without China and India on board, there is really nothing the West can do to stop the world from becoming a plastic graveyard.

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Labour, Leisure and Life

Labour Day – what a dull, prosaic name for a holiday, all of which really should be ‘holy days’, dedicated to feasts of the transcendent, Christ, Our Lady, the saints and the truths of our Faith. This current ‘feast’, if you will, dedicated to the drudgery of work – or escape therefrom – has its origins in a strike in 1872 by the Toronto Typographical Union for a 58-hour workweek, which seems rather quaint to us – both the typography and the demand for no more than 58 hours of it. George Brown, politician and editor of the Globe and

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Gregory, a Pope for the Ages

One of the great joys of history is reminiscing about the past, giving hope for the present; for history is ‘eschatological’, moving towards a final purpose. Hence, we Catholics should never lose hope, and this virtue is easier to cultivate and foster in our souls if, as Christ said, we could but read the signs.
Saint Gregory, pope from 590 to 610 A.D. was one of the more hopeful figures in our panoply of saints. Raised in an aristocratic and wealthy family, the son of a Roman senator (even if that office had declined somewhat from Rome’s glory days) he dedicated

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Pope Benedict’s First Address on Saint Gregory the Great

BENEDICT XVI
GENERAL AUDIENCE
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Saint Gregory the Great (1)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Last Wednesday I spoke of a Father of the Church little known in the West, Romanus the Melodist. Today I would like to present the figure of one of the greatest Fathers in the history of the Church, one of four Doctors of the West, Pope St Gregory, who was Bishop of Rome from 590 to 604, and who earned the traditional title of Magnus/the Great. Gregory was truly a great Pope and a great Doctor of the Church! He was born in Rome about 540 into a rich

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Pope Benedict’s Second Address on Pope Gregory the Great

BENEDICT XVI
GENERAL AUDIENCE
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Saint Gregory the Great (2)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, at our Wednesday appointment, I return to the extraordinary figure of Pope Gregory the Great to receive some additional light from his rich teaching. Notwithstanding the many duties connected to his office as the Bishop of Rome, he left to us numerous works, from which the Church in successive centuries has drawn with both hands. Besides the important correspondence – in last week’s catechesis I cited the Register that contains over 800 letters – first of all he left us writings of an exegetical character, among which his Morals, a commentary

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