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February 10, 2021

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

Lent is one week away.  This week's reflection is especially important to ponder as you ask (and are asked!) the question: What are you giving up?  "Self-denying mortifications can be managed simply by will power alone and lack love" — Jesus wants more.  See "All for the Bridegroom."

We "need to fight, peacefully but vigorously, for the things we believe in, without excuses or embarrassment."  Francis X. Maier pens "Some Thoughts on Words and Their Meanings," a thought-provoking piece on how to fight for the truth — and live it.

I loved Matt D'Antuono's piece on education.  "The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful" because what we love reveals who we are.  See "The Goal of Education Is to Learn to Love What We Ought to Love."

Finally, "Nellie Cashman" is just an all around great read.  She was a strong Catholic, shrewd businesswoman, and incredible adventurer.  She lived all in.

Let's do the same.  - Meaghen Gonzalez

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New Resources

All for the Bridegroom - Fr. Donald Haggerty - from Contemplative Enigmas: Insights and Aid on the Path to Deeper Prayer

Ascetical practices are a form of sacrifice, but they are never enough for a deeper spiritual life....

The Goal of Education Is to Learn to Love What We Ought to Love - Matt D'Antuono - National Catholic Register

"To be always seeking after the useful," said Aristotle, "does not become free and exalted souls."

Some Thoughts on Words and Their Meanings - Francis X. Maier - The Catholic Thing

Martin Luther liked to say, "Don't lie when you pray."

Pagans without Nature - Anthony Esolen - Crisis Magazine

Sometimes I think that a people more starved for beauty has never walked the earth.

Nellie Cashman - Heather King - Magnificat

Nellie Cashman (c. 1845-1925), "Angel of the Mining Camps," wore many hats: nurse, businesswoman, restaurateur, Catholic philanthropist.

Saints John the Evangelist, Scholastica, and Benedict (1470-1480), Master of Liesborn - Father Gabriel Torretta - Magnificat

Early morning, February 10. End of the 15th century. Monks file into the abbey church at Liesborn for the first prayers of the day.

Editorials of Interest

The Four Last Things - YouTube

Matt Fradd on the four last things: death, judgement, Heaven, and Hell.

How to deal with dark times - YouTube

Prayers like Psalm 88 indicate God's understanding: he knows how people speak when they're desperate; he identifies with us in our suffering.

5 easy ways to pray more without changing your routine - Catholic365

The Bible tells us to pray constantly, but that sometimes seems impossible with our chaotic lives.

Building a Home Altar - NLM

In the past year, I've heard more frequently than ever before from people who are interested in building an altar for their home, or who have already done so.

The Supreme Court just handed a win to religious freedom in California - NC Register

"If Hollywood may host a studio audience ... while not a single soul may enter California's churches, synagogues, and mosques," writes Justice Neil Gorsuch, "something has gone seriously awry."

How blessed candles can drive away demons - Aleteia

The devil hates light, as it reminds him of Jesus, the "Light of the World."

Meet a scientist with a most delightful job: He studies baby laughter - TED

Babies start laughing before they can speak, and this delicious sound just may serve as a powerful source of human communication and connection, says psychology researcher Caspar Addyman.

Ethiopia is living a nightmare - Aid to the Church in Need

News has spread in recent days in many media outlets about the possible murder of 750 people in an assault on the Orthodox Church of St Mary of Zion (Maryam Tsiyon) in Aksum last November.

The Pope's misplaced sympathy for fathers who leave home - Catholic Culture

Last week Pope Francis took another step to dismantle the edifice of teaching on marriage left to the Church by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.

Iowa lawmakers advance constitutional amendment to exclude 'right to abortion' - CNA

House Joint Resolution 5 would amend the Iowa state constitution to clarify that it "does not recognize, grant, or secure a right to abortion or require the public funding of abortion."

Coming soon: a necessary showdown in the US bishops' conference - Catholic Culture

There's a battle brewing within the US bishops' conference, and it could be a boon to the faithful.

George Weigel: the President and the faith - The Catholic Weekly

I agree with those who argued last year that the primary responsibility for effective Catholic witness in public life rests with lay Catholics.

What every Catholic should know about the Mexico City Policy - NC Register

On Thursday, President Biden issued a sweeping order that repealed the Mexico City Policy and restored funding to UNFPA.

Will Catholics be forced to fight 'science' with science? - The Pillar

The position of the Biden administration on several key questions suggests that U.S. bishops may increasingly find themselves defending their basic sense of scientific reality over the next four years, quite apart from any insistence on religious liberty protections.

California Is Cleansing Jews From History - The Tablet

The state's proposed new ethnic studies curriculum is even worse than you imagined.

The Long March through American institutions continues - CWR

The current chaos in the streets can be seen as a spontaneous outburst of pent-up anger, or it can be seen as the result of a long campaign to engender anger by cultivating narratives of bigotry and victimhood.

Tradition and Creativity in the Writing of History - First Things

For the historian, as for the philosopher, the quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns is being superseded by a quarrel between the Moderns and the Postmoderns.

Staying Married: Getting Past the Honeymoon Hype - NC Register

Christian marriage is a lifelong commitment oriented to God. If you're thinking about marriage, consider how to identify a worthy Christian spouse — then, become that person.

The parenting odyssey - Dappled Things

Every parent has dreams. We can't lie. Some of us want their son to be a bishop, some want him to be a great discoverer, some want a daughter to be a doctor, or a child to be the best pitcher in the country.

St. John Henry Cardinal Newman and
St. Justin Martyr, pray for us

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