Issue: November 2015

Letter from the Publisher

“I am not dying, I am entering life.” These words of the little Therese encapsulate the mystery of life and death. 

Tragic Death, Comedic Death

It is when the will is fixed upon what it loves most—ultimately, either self or God—and, as St. Augustine puts it, by the weight of this love either sinks or rises. 

Is Euthanasia Ever Lawful?

Examines the reasons for the exceptional gravity of the sin of euthanasia in its two elements, homicide and suicide.

A Retirement Home

The chaplain of Bremien-Notre-Dame, a retirement home, draws upon the daily experiences of his ministry to reflect upon the life of persons in their twilight years.


provided for every need. When death approaches, He is again present to impart one 
last sacrament, so that the dying Christian may leave the world as befits him.

Last Rites

The term “Last Rites” in common use typically refers to the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, but in a wider context, it can refer to the whole complex of rites used to assist the dying, or at least those who are in danger of death . . .

The Balm of Sickness

Pope Pius XII. Radio message to the sick, November 21, 1949. 

Legend of the Locket

A story from Fr. Finn’s Mostly Boys (New York: 1896)

Clinging to the Church

The story of a man, who, desperately clinging to life and throwing himself into God’s hands, sought to finish his days by restoring a little church.

Awakening Goodness

Why Christian parents need to make the education of their children in goodness an essential part of their vocation as educators. 

Do Manfully

The vital importance of maturity and the three things needed to mature a man. 

Why We Have Churches

“Thus saith the Lord: Heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool; what is this house which you will build for me? And what is this place of my rest? My hand made all of these...

SSPX Ost-postolate

Interview with Fr. Pezzutti about his experiences working in the SSPX missions in Eastern Europe. 

The Dwelling Place of God

“For unto thy faithful, O Lord, life is changed not taken away: and the abode of this earthly sojourn being dissolved, an eternal dwelling is prepared in heaven.”


The sacrament of Extreme Unction

News from Tradition

  • Pope Francis and the Hammer and Sickle Crucifix
  • New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral Receives a Facelift
  • Martin Luther to be Honored in Rome
  • News Flash! Chimpanzees are not People!
  • The Health of the Church in Germany

Exit or Requiem

Conference by Fr. Jean-Michel Gleize, SSPX, on the question of “assisted suicide.” 

Letter to the Editor

The question of making a Living Will. 

Last Word

The Last Rites