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June 2, 2021

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

This week, we are pleased to offer you articles of particular intellectual and spiritual richness and clarity.

We reprint Father Paul Scalia's "The New Babel and the New Pentecost": "We are witnessing the construction of a new Babel . . . We have thrown off His reality — about gender, sex, life, etc. — and tried to construct our own."

Theodore Dalrymple reviews "The Quick Fix" by Jesse Singal, which (among other things) pulls the rug out from under the self-esteem movement, which I remember from my childhood.  What a relief.

And then a short piece on James Boswell and Samuel Johnson, and their interesting connections to the Catholic Church, from Hadley Arkes.  Boswell "would taunt Johnson on the implausible aspects of the Roman Church. And to his apparent surprise, Johnson would defend the Church at every turn."

Most of all, I wish to point you towards "Beauty in the Spiritual Life, Part 1: Beauty as a Principle of Choice," the first in a three-part series that we will be republishing over the coming weeks.  We are used to conscience-directed choices (I won't do X because I don't want to go to hell).  "But there is another principle of choice that is more positive and affirmative, a creative impulse in our lives that works in harmony with the order that underlies the beauty of all things.  This might be called an impulse for beauty."

What richness and beauty our Faith holds! - Meaghen Gonzalez

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New Resources

The Trinity, the Eucharist, and the Heart of Jesus - Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, o.p. - Our Savior and His Love For Us

If we wish to understand the essence of the life of grace in us, we must consider it as an embryonic form of everlasting life, as the very seed of glory...

Beauty in the Spiritual Life, Part 1: Beauty as a Principle of Choice - David Clayton - New Liturgical Movement

This is the first of three postings on beauty as a principle of choice.

A Great Reason to Maintain Our Home with Care - John A. Cuddeback - LifeCraft

"Now to cultivate something is to devote one's attention to it. . .

The New Babel and the New Pentecost - Father Paul Scalia - The Catholic Thing

"Tidies and fugleman — I sheel foor that we all — er — most steeply rebut the defensible."

Self-help yourself - Theodore Dalrymple - The New Criterion

A review of "The Quick Fix", by Jesse Singal.

Boswell, Johnson, and the Church - Hadley Arkes - The Catholic Thing

Our late, beloved Fr. James V. Schall, through all his travels and adventures, took care not to have out of reach a copy of Boswell's Life of Johnson.

Editorials of Interest

Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You - SF Archdiocese

A pastoral letter on the human dignity of the unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in public life.

Why is Pentecost called the birthday of the Church? - Aleteia

Pentecost is known as the "birthday" of the Catholic Church, as it marks the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles.

Archbishop Cordileone: "I sense a growing sense of urgency among the bishops..." - CWR

"Regarding dialogue, as bishops, with [pro-abortion] Catholic leaders in political and secular life on the national level," says the Archbishop of San Francisco in an interview with CWR, "I think we've pretty much reached the point of exhaustion."

Beware when Church leaders manipulate the language: Part I - Catholic Culture

As an editor, a writer, and a reader, I cherish clarity of expression. As a Catholic, I am appalled by the abuses of language — the pretense, the confusion, the obfuscation, and even the outright deceit — that I see in many recent pronouncements from our Church leadership.

Do not abandon your Mother - CWR

When a Catholic leaves the Church because he is scandalized by heresy, sexual abuse, and the like, this is like fleeing the scene when one’s mother is being attacked, lest one suffer harm oneself.

Called to Courage - Public Discourse

If we have a calling in life, it is because someone has called us. God calls each of us by name to a specific path of holiness and service to others. Important as professional success may be, the only success of ultimate importance is holiness. The only real tragedy in life is not to have been a saint.

Exploring the dark world of vaccines and fetal tissue research: Part 1 - CWR

The vaccine industry has a longstanding and troubling connection to the abortion industry, and that connection continues strong today.

Hamas doesn't want a Palestinian state - The Spectator

Do Hamas's supporters in the West know what this organisation really stands for?

Catholic Priest Among 11 People Kidnapped in Nigeria's Kaduna Archdiocese - NC Register

The May 17 attack occurred days after Nigerian military personnel conducted aerial strikes across locations believed to be occupied by bandits in Kaduna State.

Britain's back street baby rescue - CWR

Two Catholic doctors with unblemished records of service have been severely reprimanded by the General Medical Council for providing abortion pill reversal treatment.

The Healer: Paul McHugh at 90 - First Things

One of the adornments of American Catholicism turned 90 on May 21: Dr. Paul R. McHugh, longtime head of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and a healer after the heart of the Divine Physician.

2 Inspiring biographies that can change your marriage - Aleteia

Put these books on your summer reading list if your relationship could use some transformation.

Two best friends launch a retreat to bring women together after a year of isolation - Aleteia

New Imago Dei mastermind retreats combine spiritual renewal with professional growth, helping women dare boldly within a supportive community.

Lessons from Catholic censorship during Hollywood's Golden Age - CWR

The role of Catholic censors in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s is both a success story of the power of unified Catholic activism and a cautionary tale of the reduction of culture to moralism.

A Virtual Time-Lapse Recreation of the Building of Notre Dame (1160) - Open Culture

Watch a virtual time-lapse recreation of the construction of Notre Dame, begun in 1160 and mostly completed one hundred years later, though building continued into the 14th century — a jaw-dropping time scale in an era when towering new buildings go up in a matter of weeks.

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

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