August 7, 2020

The Third Joyful Mystery: The Birth Of Our Lord

This is part four of our look at the mysteries of the Rosary. I would like to remind you that if you want to purchase a Rosary for yourself, you don’t have to look any further than to the righthand side of this page for Alan Creech Rosaries. Alan is a longtime friend of InternetMonk, […]

The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

This is part three of Martha’s series on the mystery of the Rosary. Yes, we ran the Second Mystery before the First, partly due to when Martha’s emails arrived on this side of the pond, and partly due to user (i.e., yours truly) error.  You can read parts one and two if you haven’t read […]

The Second Joyful Mystery: the Visitation

This is the second in a series by our own Martha of Ireland on the mysteries of the rosary. Part one can be read here.  In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah,  and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  And when […]

The Mysteries of the Rosary

The above heading is a phrase from a short prayer said during the recitation of the Rosary: “Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary […]

Not Ladies in Nightgowns

Yesterday was the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels.  I’ve alluded to this already in the post for St. Michael’s Day and how in the popular imagination angels look something like this. Apart from anything else, I think this arises as a degradation of the artistic tradition depicting angels carrying souls to Heaven, where the […]

The Feast of Michaelmas

For those of you whose name is Michael (or Michelle), congratulations!  Your patronal feast day is 29th September, the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel.  This feast also honoured all the other angels as well (under the name of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels) up to the start of the 17th century […]

Relishing Relics

A short post about bones, or, Bring Me the Head of John the Baptist. To borrow a quote from Chesterton contrasting the suicide and the martyr, and the attitude of Christianity to both,  The Christian feeling was furiously for one and furiously against the other: these two things that looked so much alike were at […]


As a follow-up to the post on Purgatory, and to fulfill the promise therein where I said we would speak of indulgences, here we treat of that most vexed topic. Before we begin, an acknowledgement: Yes, there was Tetzel and the sale of indulgences for the dead and yes, Tetzel was in the wrong.  You […]


Time for a look at yet another mysterious Roman Catholic doctrine: Purgatory. Nobody understands Purgatory (except theologians and possibly those saints who have had private revelations), so (a) don’t worry if you don’t find it makes any sense and (b) as ever, the opinions expressed below – except where expressly stated otherwise – are those […]

The Scandal Of Forgiveness

This is the post that will have me burned at the stake, or hanged, drawn and quartered, or at the very least tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail. The topic was mentioned on here recently about the Irish government’s plan to introduce mandatory reporting of child abuse, with particular reference to […]