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January 8, 2020

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Venerable Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan spent 13 years in a re-education camp — nine of those in solitary confinement.  "After my liberation many people said to me: 'Father, in prison you must have had a lot of time to pray."  [But] there were days when I was so worn out by exhaustion and illness that I could not manage to say a single prayer! ... When my strength failed and I could not even pray, I repeated: 'Jesus, here I am, it's Francis.'"

I'm sure your feeds have been inundated with hundreds of goals for the new year.  If you're anything like me, you want to do them all at once.  But even the most self-disciplined, well-trained individuals can only manage one new habit at a time.  If you're feeling overwhelmed, maybe just try saying this simple, three-second prayer: "Jesus, here I am, it's me."

There is a reason for our hope! God bless you all this week.  - Meaghen Gonzalez

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A Simple Way to Pray Always - Venerable Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan - Five Loaves & Two Fish

After my liberation many people said to me: "Father, in prison you must have had a lot of time to pray."  It was not as simple as one might think.

Politicizing Language - Theodore Dalrymple - The New English Review

The fact that hell was not built in a day, and that language was an important auxiliary in its construction, naturally enough makes us think of our own linguistic situation.

Boris gets it right on anti-semitism - Rex Murphy - National Post

I think, in a way, that the best response to the near-slaughter in Monsey, N.Y., came before the event and from across the water.

Newman on the Conscience: an idea for our time? - Thomas Carr - The Catholic Education Resource Center

On October 13, 2019, tens of thousands of pilgrims crowded St. Peter's square to witness the canonization Mass of John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890), the first Englishman to be raised to the altars in over 300 years.

A Line Through the Human Heart: On Sinning and Being Forgiven - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - from A Line Through the Human Heart: On Sinning and Being Forgiven

"Fr. Schall offers us a 21st century syllabus of errors all too common in our culture and country." - Father Kenneth Baker, editor emeritus of Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Singular Vessel of Devotion - Michael Pakaluk - The Catholic Thing

During pregnancy, some cells from the unborn child migrate through the placenta into the mother's bloodstream.

The cost of bringing sanity into the world - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

Who the "Wise Men" were is a recurring question for inventive debate, but the point is that these sophisticated scholars were from "a foreign country."

Editorials of Interest:

God Is Light - First Things
Shrouded in Darkness - First Things

Editorials of Interest

A Tale of Two Cardinals — One Past, One Present - NC Register

The twin cases raise questions about the course of justice, both civil and canonical, and how the two coincide, or come into conflict.


God Is Light - First Things

As it looks back to the light of Jesus, Epiphany also directs us forward to the eternal day.


Before and After: St. Mary of the Assumption in Lancaster, Ohio - LAJ

In another continuation of our ever popular 'before and after' series, we turn to the parish church of St. Mary of the Assumption located in Lancaster, Ohio.


3 Reasons to recover silence - Aleteia

It's a missing discipline in our culture of distraction.


Be Victorious in the New Year With a Spiritual Plan - Catholic Exchange

One of the concrete manifestations of growing in good will towards God is by formulating and writing out, in a clear and practical way, a "Plan of Life."


Are targeted drone strikes allowed under 'just war theory'? - Catholic Herald

A U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian official on Friday has ignited discussion of the Catholic Church's teaching on just war theory.


Alone in the Clouds: Malick's "A Hidden Life" - The Catholic Thing

Franz Jägerstätter was an Austrian farmer who refused to pledge allegiance to Adolf Hitler and was guillotined by the Nazis on August 9, 1943. He was beatified as a martyr by Benedict XVI in 2007.


New Year's Resolutions for Concerned Catholics: A Few Suggestions - CWR

More hard news is coming, but there is plenty to be done.


Everyday Heroes: NFL kicker's friendship with teammate strengthens faith - Crux

Catholic faith is a big part of Kansas City Chiefs' kicker Harrison Butker's life, which also includes dozens of accolades acquired since joining the NFL in 2017.


Wrestler's nearly fatal car crash rejuvenated his faith - CNS

Dan Beaudrie, a high school student in Cody, Wyoming, was in a tragic car crash on his way home from a wrestling tournament and told he never wrestle again.


New trades school seeks to combine skills and sanctity - Aleteia

Harmel Academy of the Trades in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a Catholic post-secondary school that provides technical training and spiritual formation.


Shrouded in Darkness - First Things

Twitter in particular has made it stunningly easy to pick a passage out of context and share it with an unsympathetic audience. Thus the rise of hate-reading, the practice of reading publications not because they edify, but because they outrage.


The uncomfortable history of Catholics and slavery - OSV

For Catholics, reading the history from that period is uncomfortable. Abolitionists were many — but no Catholic is prominent among them.


For 11 Years, She Lived as a Man - The Stream

At age 19, Kathy Grace Duncan decided she was ready to live as a man. Eleven years after her gender transition, Duncan decided she was now going to live as a woman again.


It's Time to Talk About Postpartum - Crisis Magazine

Postpartum is the first full year after giving birth. Currently, postpartum care for the mother is often no more than a simple six-week check-up.


Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love - Ascension Press

Today's episode of All Things Catholic examines that reality through the lens of Adam and Eve's relationship before the Fall, giving you keys to understand how this mystery of love can unfold in your own relationships.


Rethinking Sex And Marriage In Light Of Catholic Teaching - Epic Pew

In his book The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage, Dr. David Anders points out four radical areas of the Church's teachings on sex and marriage — teachings that helped bring him into the Church.


Science Answers the Biggest Pro-Abortion Argument - Catholic Stand

Biology defines eight characteristics that all living things share and that can be objectively verified. All eight criteria are traced back in the human person to the moment of conception.


Taking Sex Differences in Personality Seriously - Scientific American

New approaches are shedding light on the magnitude of sex differences in personality, and the results are so strong and pervasive that they can no longer be ignored.


Transgenderism Is Not Normal - Crisis Magazine

A society that promotes mental illness as a legitimate "alternative lifestyle" is in deep trouble. One that is increasingly subservient to the demands of the mentally ill has entered even more dangerous territory.


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