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June 26, 2019

Note from the Managing Editor and the Assistant Managing Editor:

If anxiety about things beyond your control is a problem for you, I recommend Greg Bottaro's excellent book, The Mindful Catholic: Finding God One Moment at a Time

"Catholic Mindfulness is not spirituality," explains Bottaro, "rather it's a practice based on neuroscience that anyone can use to quiet the mind and reduce anxiety and depression." 

Catholic Mindfulness is therefore a compatible adjunct to the interior life of Catholics.  My favourite Catholic psychologist, Paul Vitz, had this to say about Bottaro's book, "This is an outstanding and timely book.  If people follow its program many psychologists will be out of work."  We have Peter Kreeft's foreword to The Mindful Catholic below. - J. Fraser Field

Aside from that, we have a crop of excellent articles.  I especially recommend "Why Good Books Are Better When You Talk about Them," about a project which is investigating "how to use the Narnia novels to help children understand and value the virtues, enact them in their own lives, and curb opposing bad habits."  No matter what books you are reading to your kids or grandkids, you can get in on this action simply by starting to ask them questions about the stories.

The other kid-related read is an interview with Marcia Segelstein, where she nutshells the cultural challenges facing Catholic parents today — and gives practical and straightforward advice on how to navigate them.  See "Don't let the culture raise your kids" (and purchase her book of the same name here).

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez

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Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul, except sin. God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry. - St. Francis de Sales

New Resources

The Grace of the Rich Young Man - Thomas Merton - from New Seeds of Contemplation

Strangely, it is in this helplessness that we come upon the beginning of joy.

Foreword: The Mindful Catholic - Peter Kreeft - The Mindful Catholic

Greg Bottaro was a student of mine at Boston College. He was a very good student, but even very good students seldom write very good books. He did.

Dear Fr Rutler: I can't stand my priest. Should I go parish-shopping? - Father George W. Rutler - Catholic Herald

Frankly, Father, I can't stand my priest.

24 More Ways to Respond to Common Abortion Questions - Angelo Stagnaro - National Catholic Register

This article is Part Two of a series—see Part One here.

Why Good Books Are Better When You Talk about Them - Mark Pike and Thomas Lickona - excellence & ethics

What do you do when you finish reading with children, say, at bedtime?

Don't let the culture raise your kids - Marcia Segelstein - Mercatornet

The biggest issue facing today's parents is the current culture of parenting.

Biblical sense of time lost on Church calendar - Father Raymond J. de Souza - Catholic Register

Ascension Thursday. Forty days after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, as it says right there in Acts 1:3, the first reading for Mass on that solemn feast.

The ineffable mystery of the Blessed Sacrament - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

Jacques Pantaléon was an unlikely candidate for the papacy, being neither a cardinal nor Italian, since he was the son of a French cobbler.

Editorials of Interest:

Becoming a Better Lover - Bacon from Acorns

Editorials of Interest

Making Sense Out of Pope Francis - Crisis Magazine

Whatever the specifics of the pope's statements, many a Catholic — even those eager to interpret Francis as charitably as possible — have, since 2013, often scratched their heads trying to decipher what, exactly, the Holy Father means.

Paris archbishop: Notre Dame is more than a tourist attraction - Religion News

"This cathedral is a place of worship, that is its only purpose."

Called out of the priesthood? - CWR

Some general thoughts regarding petitions for laicization, and a specific critique of Father Jonathan Morris' recent public statements.

Why I wish Jonathan Morris had remained a priest - NC Register

There are burdens, often undeserved, that accompany every path in life. The priesthood is no exception, and the burdens of our life are not without blessings.

Thirty Years a Priest and Most Grateful - Msgr. Charles Pope

Each year I concelebrate with hundreds of other priests in the ordination Mass of new priests.

You can feel your heart and soul hurting - Greg Erlandson - CNS

In a remarkably frank and detailed speech, the Vatican official heading the department charged with reviewing clergy sexual abuse allegations said that his investigators and the press “share the same goal, which is the protection of minors, and we have the same wish to leave the world a little better than how we found it."

First Reactions of Teenage Boys to the Traditional Latin Mass - Crisis Magazine

It is clear by these teenage boys' first reactions to the Latin Mass that the traditional Liturgy is quite effective in reaching the youth.

The gritty reality of Corpus Christi - NC Register

Christianity is about something that no other religions is about: the historical incarnation of the Son of God, who took flesh of the Blessed Virgin and became Man.

This 15th-century Russian icon is a window into the Holy Trinity - Life Site News

We may fittingly meditate on this most fundamental of all of the mysteries of the Christian faith, the Most Holy Trinity, with the aid of Russian iconographer Andrei Rublev's Trinity icon.

Infiltration: Real or Imagined? - Crisis Magazine

Has the Catholic Church been infiltrated by anti-Catholic forces intent on its destruction?

New study proves life begins at conception - Life News

Human life begins at conception. But how and what begins embryonic development?

The Unaccountable Silences of Bret Baier - First Things

In the understanding now settling in the Democratic party, that "right to abortion" is not confined to a pregnancy. Rather, that right now extends beyond the pregnancy and entails nothing less than a right to kill a child born alive.

Justice Thomas urges US Supreme Court to feel free to reverse precedents - Reuters

If adopted by enough of his fellow justices, this view could result in more past decisions being overruled, perhaps including the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Public Faith and the Peace Cross - First Things

By a margin of 7-2, the Supreme Court determined that a large Roman cross, known as the Peace Cross, could remain on public land and be maintained by the state.

Becoming a Better Lover - Bacon from Acorns

If there is one thing few of us really question, it is the quality of our love.

Indissolubility is essential to Christian marriage - NC Register

"The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life."

Off the Charts: An NFP Community - Mama Needs Coffee

Beyond NFP instruction and catechesis, I want to help walk you from overwhelmed, under served, and isolated to supported, informed, and thriving along your NFP journey.

The impact of a loving marriage is greater than you can imagine - NC Register

It not only means the world to me that my parents are still together, but in so many ways, it constitutes the world — my world.

Unexpected Fatherhood And Me - Catholic Stand

I write this today, Father's Day, for two reasons: to give hope to those who have lost children, whether by miscarriage or possibly abortion, and to remind us that many times men are the forgotten suffering units in this equation.

Finish the Transgender Argument - Crisis Magazine

One way to end some arguments used for certain causes would be simply to follow the argument to its logical conclusion.

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

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