Saint Machar

St Machor was one of the disciples of St Columba, the famous apostle of the Northern Picts and founder of the celebrated monastery of Iona. According to the ‘Aberdeen Breviary,’ “sanctum virum gignit Hibernia, educavit illum Albania, cujus corpus in reverentia Turonensis tenet ecclesia.” He was the son of Syaconus or Fiachna, an Irish kingling, […]

The Battle of Altimarlach

THE BATTLE OF ALTIMARLACH: A BALLAD. ‘Twas morn; from rustic cot and grange The cock’s shrill clarion rung: And fresh on every sweet wild flower The pearly dew-drop hung. Given up to thoughtless revelry, In Wick lay Sinclair’s band, When suddenly the cry arose, “Glenorchy’s close at hand!” For now the Campbell’s haughty chief The […]

A Free and Independent State

Now, therefore, we, the people of Virginia, do declare and ordain that the Ordinance adopted by the people of this State in Convention, on the twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and all acts […]

Inferences, Analogies, and Sophisms

Time and changes in the condition and constitution of society may require occasional and corresponding modifications. One single object, if your provision attains it, will entitle you to the endless gratitude of society, that of restraining judges from usurping legislation. And with no body of men is this restraint more wanting than with the judges […]

Convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum

Will the baptized of Ireland shut their eyes to the light set ablaze by Saint Patrick? Will the baptized of Ireland stop up their ears to the truth of the Gospel that he preached? Will the baptized of Ireland turn their backs to the burning and pierced Heart that once ruled over every hearth? Is […]

Adze-head

Ticfa táilcend tar muir meircenn: a bratt tollcend, a chrand cromchend: a mías inairthiur a tigi: fris[g]erat a múinter huili, ‘Amen, amen.’ Ticfat tailcind, conutsat ruama, noifit cella, ceoltigi béndacha ben[n]chopuir ili: fla[i]th himbachla. Two years or three years before Patrick’s arrival, this is what they used to prophesy:– Adzehead1 will come over a furious […]

Among the Ruins

We were now treading that illustrious Island, which was once the luminary of the Caledonian regions, whence savage clans and roving barbarians derived the benefits of knowledge, and the blessings of religion. To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish, if it were possible. […]

A Strange Form of Schism

It is not only a risk of schism, but a certain kind of schism already exists in the Church. … We are witnessing today a strange form of schism. Externally, numerous ecclesiastics safeguard formal unity with the pope, at times for the good of their own career or out of a kind of papolatry. And […]

Weapon

Est Rosarium praecipue implorando Matris Dei patrocinio adversus hostes catholici nominis institutum. Leo P.P. XIII., Salutaris ille spiritus precum, die XXIV. Decembris An. MDCCCLXXXIII. Our Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula is a Catholic building built by our fathers to be a House of God, for the celebration of the holy Mass, for the praise […]

Omnipotent Moral Busybodies

My contention is that good men (not bad men) consistently acting upon that position [imposing “the good”] would act as cruelly and unjustly as the greatest tyrants. They might in some respects act even worse. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would […]

A Hard Fate

City Hall, April 28, 1862. To Flag-Officer D. G. Farragut, U. S. Flag-Ship Hartford: Your communication of this morning is the first intimation I ever had that it was by your strict orders that the United States flag was attempted to be hoisted upon certain of our public edifices by officers sent or there to […]