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August 4, 2021
Note from the Managing Editor
Happy feast of St. John Vianney!

Normally, we take the month of August off.  But there were so many great articles in this past week, we just had to share.

I loved Archbishop Chaput's "The Virtue of Obedience," in which he addresses a very difficult question — how can we be obedient to a Church when it "undermines itself with corruption, falsehood, ambiguity, brutishness, cowardice, or mismanagement"?

Also, I found Lara Ryd's "The Sanctifying Work of Pregnancy" especially poignant, and a beautiful read for any expectant mothers out there.

One more recommendation: "Living in Hope: Saints Joachim and Anne. " If you've ever thought it was easier to lower your expectations so you wouldn't have to suffer disappointed hopes; if you've ever placed your hope for fulfillment in someone or something only to be betrayed; if you've ever tried to hold onto hope in the midst of severe suffering and disappointment, this read is for you.

Our next update will arrive in your inbox on September 7th.  Thanks be to God, we are able to go ahead with the in utero intubation and c-section and our baby will be born on August 5th!  Thank you all for your prayers.  God bless! - Meaghen Gonzalez
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Offering Our Burdens to God
Venerable Madeleine Delbrêl, The Joy of Believing
We don't always want our suffering; we are tight-fisted about it, haggle over it, often botch the job.
The Virtue of Obedience
Archbishop Charles Chaput, First Things
We live in a turbulent time; a time that’s similar, in some ways, to the various Reformations of 500 years ago.
A Father’s Day Story
Kevin Wells, Crisis Magazine
The fresh-faced American priest stood there like Ichabod Crane:
Dressing like a Catholic
R. Jared Staudt, Denver Catholic
Is there a Catholic way to dress?
The Sanctifying Work of Pregnancy
Lara Ryd, The Public Discourse
Even as a woman shapes the child growing within her, the joys and trials of pregnancy are shaping her, sanctifying her, and teaching her how to depend on others during this season of peculiar service.
Living in Hope: Saints Joachim and Anne
Fr. John Henry Hanson, St. Josemaria Institute
Nothing disappoints more than misplaced hope.
Introduction to Christology 101 — Who Is Jesus? And How Do We Know He’s Real?
Fr. John Cush, NC Register
"At the time appointed by God, the only Son of the Father, the eternal Word, that is, the Word and substantial Image of the Father, became incarnate; without losing his divine nature he has assumed human nature." (CCC 479)
There can be no "unity" through the rejection of tradition
Leila Miller, Leila Miller Blog
Tradition unifies; it does not divide.
Loaves, Fish, and Shepherds
Fr. Paul Scalia, The Catholic Thing
Our Lord's multiplication of the loaves and fish occupies a privileged place in the list of miracles.
Editorials of Interest
Break open the bottle: giving gifts like the Magdalene
Between the Paws
Recently, I heard an argument that there is no such thing as a truly selfless gift.
To Find Your Life’s Mission, Follow Your Questions
Public Discourse
What are the small and humble questions that should animate all human lives, that work to reveal to us little by little our unique mission?
With my body I thee worship: the matrimonial gift
Between the Paws
"With this ring I thee wed; this gold and silver I thee give, with my body I thee worship and with all my worldly goods I thee endow."
Photos: Thousands witness Lady of La Vang statue unveiling
LA Times
In the statue, the first large-scale rendition in the U.S. of the sacred figure, Mary is depicted standing on a cloud, wearing a traditional Vietnamese ao dai dress and khan dong hat.
Location-based apps pose security risk for Holy See
The Pillar
The use of such apps within the Vatican City State could be a point of vulnerability in the Holy See's efforts to defend itself from cyberattacks and other intelligence.
Msgr. Burrill's Resignation and the Surveillance Age: 5 Points to Consider
NC Register
No harm, no foul may apply in sports. No crime, no foul does not apply in the life of the Church.
Newark archdiocese to investigate app use allegations
The Pillar
The Archdiocese of Newark says it will investigate the possibility of clerical sexual misconduct, in response to questions from The Pillar about the use of location-based hookup apps at several parish rectories in the archdiocese.
On Scandal
National Review
The content and method of The Pillar's report on the general secretary of the U.S. bishops' conference, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, has brought up a lot of objections.
Op-Ed by Top French Philosopher Michel Onfray
Rorate Caeli
"I'm an atheist, but the Latin Mass is our patrimony: Francis is destroying it; he is doing what he was elected to do."
A correctional facility
The Critic
Who, exactly, is being corrected by an execution?
Obesity, Responsibility, and Freedom
The Epoch Times
If someone else pays for the consequences of your actions, it is only natural that, one day, he will demand to control your actions.
Repudiating Roe: the pernicious doctrine of 'stare decisis'
The doctrine of stare decisis is a dangerous tool, malleable, and peculiarly susceptible to manipulation and abuse.
Making A Good Confession
Simply Catholic
Making a good confession of our sins is like weeding the garden of the soul.
The Godliness of Gaming
First Things
From husbands-turned-drug-dealers to real-housewives-turned-reality-TV-stars, where might a sober adult turn for a hint of ethical instruction? To video games.
St. John Henry Cardinal Newman
and St. Justin Martyr, pray for us.
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