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March 24 , 2021

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"There is only one adventurer in the world, as can be seen very clearly in the modern world — the father of a family. Even the most desperate adventurers are nothing compared to him" - Charles Péguy

New Resources

In the Presence of the Bridegroom - Servant of God Catherine Doherty, CM - Nazareth Family Spirituality: Celebrating Your Faith at Home with Catherine Doherty

When the season of Lent comes, it brings with it Calvary.

The Chivalry of St. Joseph - Tracey Rowland - Columbia Magazine

Today more than ever, the Church needs the noble strength and practical wisdom of the patron saint of fathers.

The Miseducation of America's Elites - Bari Weiss - City Journal

Affluent parents, terrified of running afoul of the new orthodoxy in their children's private schools, organize in secret.

What Covers a Multitude of Sins? - Stephen P. White - The Catholic Thing

There is no such thing as a private sin.

Don't try to put Jesus on Valium - Father Jerry J. Pokorsky - Catholic Culture

Valium can be a very useful prescription drug when it is necessary.

Women Don't Need More Feminism — We Need the Father's Love - Carrie Gress - National Catholic Register

Radical feminism has left women hopeless by pushing out the voices women need to hear the most.

RIP: Jude Dougherty - Robert Royal - The Catholic Thing

Jude Patrick Dougherty (1930-2021), the legendary dean of the Catholic University of America (CUA) School of Philosophy, was buried on Monday.

Editorials of Interest

Cruel and (Very) Unusual: On the banning of Masses in the Vatican Basilica - George Weigel -   Catholic World Report

The recent and bizarre diktat violates both universality and hospitality while ensuring a more jumbled, less reverent atmosphere at the altars.

Teresita: The Spanish 10-year-old Who Became a Missionary - NC Register

During the last weeks of her life, Teresita reminded her mother of Christ on the cross, particularly when she could no longer drink water, and the nurses put gauze soaked in water in her mouth.

This 230-year-old oak gave its life for the new Notre Dame spire - National Post

First trees harvested from ancient royal forest will help recreate the iconic cathedral's roof-support 'fôret.'

Statement on the Offering of the Holy Mass in the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter - Cardinal Burke

On March 12, 2021, the First Section (General Affairs) of the Secretariat of State of Pope Francis published a document containing certain dispositions regarding the offering of the Holy Mass in the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican.

When the Mass Changed: Memories of an Altar Server in the Sixties - Liturgy Guy

Over the years I've found it amusing, but actually delightful and optimistic to see all these young people on the web commenting on the Traditional Latin Mass.

Equality without Windows - Crisis Magazine

My daughter's high school required her to wear a black cardigan sweater.

How a new executive order would promote gender ideology and silence free speech at schools - CWR

President Biden on Monday issued an order reinterpreting federal civil rights law to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in schools.

The Temptations of Milo Yiannopoulos - Crisis Magazine

In recent years, social/political pundit Milo Yiannopoulos has been an insufferable pain in the backside for the politically correct.

The Voice of Women in Defense of Unborn Babies and in Opposition to Abortion-tainted Vaccines - Edward Pentin

Abortion is the modern-day Massacre of the Innocents.

We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves - Crisis Magazine

Data released recently by the CDC showed that 78% of those who died, were hospitalized, or placed on a ventilator due to a COVID-19 infection were overweight or obese, making it among the most deadly risk factors.

It's Time to Build That Library - NC Register

If our society is no longer capable of debating banned books, then it's time for Catholic parents and parishes to build up their libraries.

The Gift of Preparation: Stability for Challenging Times - CWIB

"Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober" (1 Thessalonians 5:6).

Five Reasons Why Christians Are Public Enemy No. 1 - NC Register

Any fantasy ideology is utterly at odds with the Christian religion.

Strong Families, Strong Selves - First Things

To borrow a thought from Catherine of Siena, nothing great is ever achieved without suffering.

Is a Long-Dismissed Forgery Actually the Oldest Known Biblical Manuscript? - NY Times

In 1883, 15 manuscript fragments found near the Dead Sea caused an international sensation.

The Facelessness of Tyranny, and the Tyranny of Facelessness - NLM

Very often, the spiritual dimension of man is not taken into account in the current debate about face-mask mandates and their impact on our health.

The Temptation of Christ and the Facelessness of the Devil - NLM

Looking at people face-to-face is the mark of loving interaction and characterizes Christian interpersonal relationships.

Gazing Upon the Last Supper and Why You Need One in Your House - Theology of Home

The Last Supper reiterates that nothing will ever satisfy me the way He can. No food here on earth is made to match the God-sized hunger inside me.

OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation Seeks Big Ideas - Ignitum Today

The second annual competition for $100,000 launches to spark innovation and revitalize creativity in the Church.

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

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