CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - February 5, 2014

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

The first article in every CERC Update is a short reflection on the spiritual life.  Think of it as food for the journey.  I give full credit to Magnificat for their remarkable apostolate and for their daily meditations from which I find these.  Magnificat is amazing.  This week, Caryll Houselander sustains us with some hard-learned practical wisdom.  See “Vigilant Through Our Trials.”

“He who does not pray to the Lord, prays to the devil," Pope Francis tells us in one of his frequent references to the father of lies.  "When we do not profess Jesus Christ," he explains, "we profess the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness."  As startling as those comments are to modern ears, they signal an important shift, the beginning of a rediscovery of the nature of evil and of sin.  Anne Hendershott clarifies things in, "Satan, Sin, and Sociology."

Next Heather MacDonald explains how Shakespeare and the other greats of Western Civilization lost out to the 'rubrics of gender, sexuality, race, and class.'  It's a very sorry tale extremely well told and told to encourage a course correction in the humanities.  See "The Humanities Have Forgotten Their Humanity."

Do we have a 'right' to be created?  C.S. Lewis didn't think so and neither does Father James Schall, S.J.  See "On the 'Right' to Be Created."

Let's attach ourselves to reality and let's not let anybody steal it away from us.  Donald DeMarco outlines the threat in "Making Reality Disappear." - J. Fraser Field

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"Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement...get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal. ...To be spiritual is to be amazed." - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel



New Resources:

Vigilant Through Our Trials - Caryll Houselander - The Letters Of Caryll Houselander: Her Spiritual Legacy
The Transforming Effect of Mental Prayer - Father Edward Leen, C.S.SP. - ch. 5 from Progress Through Mental Prayer
Satan, Sin, and Sociology - Anne Hendershott - Catholic World Report
On the 'Right' to Be Created - Rev. James V. Schall, S.J. - Crisis
The Humanities Have Forgotten Their Humanity - Heather MacDonald - City Journal
Making Reality Disappear - Donald DeMarco - National Catholic Register
Dreaming of Charlemagne - Father Raymond J. de Souza - National Post
Theirs Was an Austere Grace - Sister Lou Ella Hickman - The Catholic Answer
Gnostic Froth or the Way, the Truth, and the Life - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

Editorials of Interest:

When God cries - L’Osservatore Romano
Pope at Sunday audience: imagine a world without nuns! - CWN
Plans revealed for year of religious life - NCR
Our Pop Culture Moment - First Things
Meet the new pope — same as the old pope - New York Post
First time ever Papal attendance at Worldwide Meeting of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal - Catholic Conclave
French president retreats on family policies - Reuters
Christian conversions in the midst of Syrian civil war - Christian Today
When the Church of Rome Forgave Second Marriages - Chiesa
German bishops tell Vatican: Catholics reject sex rules - Reuters
Mass mobs fill pews, lift prayers at NY churches - AP
Stunning discovery creates ethical stem cells - Mercatornet
Thieves confess, but relic of Blessed John Paul II still missing - Catholic Register
Clergy have vital role to play in helping stamp out the fires of Kiev - Catholic Herald
Alone, Yet Not Alone - New York Times
Cardinal defends publication of Blessed John Paul's private notebooks - CNS
House Passes Bill to Completely Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions - LifeNews
Harvey Weinstein lobbies the Vatican - Clevland Leader
Roman Rights and Wrongs - CWR
Muslims, Our Natural Allies - First Things
Christian artists skip, walk out of 'satanic' Grammy Awards show - LifeSiteNews
We Travel Together Still - First Things

Education Matters:

Roman Catholic Mass Explained iPad app, Interactive Journey into Catholic Liturgy - YouTube
Catholic Universities: Identity, Faith, and Power - CWR
The Pope's Challenge to the University of Notre Dame - Full Text - News.va
Notre Dame Alumni Decry University’s Compliance with Contraceptive Mandate - aleteia
From the Sacred Heart to the Super Bowl - aleteia
The Least Free Place in America - Prager University
Education Game Plan - NCRegister
Should You Vaccinate Your Children? - PJ LifeStyle
University of Dallas Renews Catholic Identity - NCRegister
Eternal Sounds: A Tribute to the Everly Brothers - First Things


NEW RESOURCES:

Vigilant Through Our Trials - Caryll Houselander - The Letters Of Caryll Houselander: Her Spiritual Legacy

During the war I was simply terrified by air raids, and it was my lot to be in every one that happened in London.

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The Transforming Effect of Mental Prayer - Father Edward Leen, C.S.SP. - ch. 5 from Progress Through Mental Prayer

In last analysis then, Mental Prayer is the act of the soul seeking the society of Our Divine Lord, with a view to receiving His direction and coming under the control of His Sacred Humanity.

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Satan, Sin, and Sociology
- Anne Hendershott - Catholic World Report

In his first homily, given on March 14th, Pope Francis cautioned the faithful that "he who does not pray to the Lord, prays to the devil." 

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The Humanities Have Forgotten Their Humanity
- Heather MacDonald - City Journal

When Shakespeare lost out to 'rubrics of gender, sexuality, race, and class' at UCLA, something vital was harmed.

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On the 'Right' to Be Created
- Rev. James V. Schall, S.J. - Crisis

On my recent birthday, I was given Volume III of C. S. Lewis's letters.

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Making Reality Disappear
- Donald DeMarco - National Catholic Register

Deconstructionists and their kin are aiming at making reality disappear — and for good.

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Dreaming of Charlemagne - Father Raymond J. de Souza - National Post

Tuesday January 28, 2014 marked the 12th centenary of the death of Charlemagne, who was buried on the same day he died, Jan. 28, 814, in the Kaiserdom — the imperial cathedral — of Aachen, just a short drive from Cologne, on the Belgian border.

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Theirs Was an Austere Grace - Sister Lou Ella Hickman - The Catholic Answer

What was the timeless message of the Desert Mothers?

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Gnostic Froth or the Way, the Truth, and the Life - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

From time to time, programs on Public Television feature medical doctors suggesting ways to reduce the chances of various diseases.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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When God cries - L’Osservatore Romano

In his homily at a Mass on February 4, Pope Francis said that God is a father who sometimes weeps with love for his children. . . .

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Pope at Sunday audience: imagine a world without nuns! - CWN

"Imagine a world without nuns," Pope Francis challenged his Sunday public audience on February 2. "It is unimaginable!"

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Plans revealed for year of religious life - NCR

Pope Francis called for a yearlong focus on consecrated life, asking consecrated to "wake up the world" with their testimony of faith and holiness.

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Our Pop Culture Moment - First Things

Why is Marc Binelli’s profile of Pope Francis, the cover story of February’s Rolling Stone, is so troubling, and so important.

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Meet the new pope — same as the old pope - New York Post

Sorry, liberals: Pope Francis is not the Barack Obama of the Vatican.

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First time ever Papal attendance at Worldwide Meeting of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal - Catholic Conclave

On 1 and 2 June, at the Olympic Stadium of Rome, the 37th Meeting of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church will take place. For the first time, a Pope will be in attendance.

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French president retreats on family policies - Reuters

A half million protesters marched in Paris (more in Lyon) Sunday against proposed French family policies that would have permitted gay adoptions among other changes. France’s president has postponed the measures.

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Christian conversions in the midst of Syrian civil war - Christian Today

Overseas ministries report that "thousands" of Muslim refugees are coming to know Christ.

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When the Church of Rome Forgave Second Marriages - Chiesa

During the first centuries the divorced and remarried were pardoned of their sins and given communion, but later this practice was abandoned in the West. Today Pope Francis has brought it back onto the field, while the dueling goes on among the cardinals.

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German bishops tell Vatican: Catholics reject sex rules - Reuters

That’s what German bishops are suggesting the Vatican should embrace instead of “prohibition ethics.”

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Mass mobs fill pews, lift prayers at NY churches - AP

You've seen flash mobs on the Internet. Now social media are directing crowds to Mass at particular churches, and the results are glorious.

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Stunning discovery creates ethical stem cells - Mercatornet

Immersing cells in acid creates pluripotent stem cells? Who could believe that? But it could be the future.

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Thieves confess, but relic of Blessed John Paul II still missing - Catholic Register

Police have arrested two men in the theft of a patch of clothing stained with Blessed John Paul II's blood, but the relic remains missing.

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Clergy have vital role to play in helping stamp out the fires of Kiev - Catholic Herald

Can Catholic and Orthodox leaders help bring the crisis in Ukraine to a peaceful end?

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Alone, Yet Not Alone - New York Times

There is a strong vein of hostility against orthodox religious believers in America today, especially among the young. It's the product of ignorance.

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Cardinal defends publication of Blessed John Paul's private notebooks - CNS

The former personal secretary of Blessed Pope John Paul II has approved the publication of the late pontiff's private notebooks, despite a request in his will that they should be burned.

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House Passes Bill to Completely Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions - LifeNews

The House approved legislation banning taxpayer funding of abortions and ensuring abortions are not directly funded in any federal program.

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Harvey Weinstein lobbies the Vatican - Cleveland Leader

The controversial, Oscar-nominated movie, Philomena, which portrays Irish nuns in a bad light, will be screened for Pope Francis, thanks to the efforts of the film's American producer.

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Roman Rights and Wrongs - CWR

What needs to change for East-West unity to happen?

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Muslims, Our Natural Allies - First Things

I am a Catholic. My Church teaches me to esteem our Muslim friends and to work with them in the cause of promoting justice and moral values.

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Christian artists skip, walk out of 'satanic' Grammy Awards show - LifeSiteNews

Sunday night's Grammy Awards show was all about shock value.

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We Travel Together Still - First Things

If ideas have consequences, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus will long be remembered as the most serious Christian thinker and the most consequential public theologian in America since Reinhold Niebuhr.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Roman Catholic Mass Explained iPad app, Interactive Journey into Catholic Liturgy - The Mass Explained

A must-have app for the New Evangelization.

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Catholic Universities: Identity, Faith, and Power - CWR

We are fighting to preserve and recover the Catholic faith in our schools precisely because it has been replaced by "Catholic identity."

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The Pope's Challenge to the University of Notre Dame - Full Text - News.va

Pope Francis issued an unambiguous call for Catholic universities to support the teachings of the Church, in a January 30 meeting with directors of the University of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame Alumni Decry University’s Compliance with Contraceptive Mandate - aleteia

"Let us see if religious liberty is something Notre Dame will not simply spar about, but really fight for," the alumni write.

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From the Sacred Heart to the Super Bowl - aleteia

Amid preparations for the game of his lifetime, defensive end Robert Ayers returns to the inner city Catholic school of his youth to give back.

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The Least Free Place in America - Prager University

In the newest Prager University course, Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), discusses why many colleges have become a place “where alternative thinking goes to die.”

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Education Game Plan - NCRegister

Do you have any advice about how to afford a Catholic education?

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Charity Begins at College: Catholic Students Put Their Faith Into Action by Helping Others - NCRegister

Animated by their Christian calling to love their neighbors, these students have organized innovative initiatives to help the needy.

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Should You Vaccinate Your Children? - PJ LifeStyle

Since rotavirus immunization of infants was introduced in the United States, hospital visits and admissions have declined by four fifths among the immunized.

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University of Dallas Renews Catholic Identity - NCRegister

Several years after a controversy arose over its commitment to Church orthodoxy, the Texas college is earning plaudits for a renewed dedication to fidelity.

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Eternal Sounds: A Tribute to the Everly Brothers - First Things

The recent death of Phil Everly reminds us of the artistic legacy the Everly Brothers left behind.

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