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September 9, 2020

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

"We can never be in a true relationship with God until we discover that we are only" — ONLY! — "known mercifully."

With that beautiful and unfathomable truth, our newsletter resumes.  I think you'll find a lot to help you navigate the rough waters of our current world.

In "Dawn of the Woke," Lance Morrow writes, "Wokeness and the cancel culture represent not idealism but virtue gone clinically insane.  Look up the word hysteria: 'a psychological disorder whose symptoms include . . . shallow, volatile emotions, and overdramatic or attention-seeking behavior.'"

"Increasingly we are incapable of forgiveness.  We may understand that human beings, abstractly, are capable of terrible evil.  We forget that I, as a human being, am capable of terrible evil."  So writes David Warren in "Pray for the Perpetrators."  This forgetting makes us "more, not less, capable of monstrous acts."

Does it matter that we are Catholic, or is it something we just happen to be?  Fr. Schall answers the question in "The Catholic Difference."  "The life we lead may be delightful or grim, but it reaches eternity."

George Weigel has an insightful piece on "Why we are where we are."  "American democracy is not, and can never be, a machine that runs by itself.  The cultural and moral lubricants of the machinery must come from somewhere else.  For over two centuries in the United States, that 'somewhere else' was a public moral culture formed by biblical religion and natural law philosophy."

We end with a call to arms from Fr. Rutler.  "The rosary is the most effective private prayer in defying the Liar.  The greatest public prayer is the Holy Eucharist."  "Va-t'en, Satan!"

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez

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New Resources

The divine knowledge of a soul - Father Donald Haggerty - from Conversion: Spiritual Insights into an Essential Encounter with God

The divine knowledge of a soul is always a merciful knowledge.

Dawn of the Woke - Lance Morrow - Wall Street Journal

I was a Senate page boy for a couple of summers in the early Eisenhower years.

Pray for the Perpetrators - David Warren - The Catholic Thing

Derek Chauvin is the name of the Minneapolis cop who drove his knee into the prone George Floyd's neck, caught on video.

Why totalitarian regimes make so many martyrs - Father Raymond J. de Souza - Catholic Herald

The history of the Church is written in the blood of the martyrs. 

The Catholic Difference - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - Catholic World Report

We just happen to be Catholics, right? Does it make any difference what we are? Does being Catholic really, ultimately, mean much of anything?

Why we are where we are - George Weigel - The Catholic Difference

By early March 1865, more than a million Americans had killed or wounded each other in civil war; the killing, wounding, and maiming continued for another month or s

Va-t'en, Satan! - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

Playing the Devil's game is dangerous.

Editorials of Interest

Why Should Anyone Believe in God? - Clarifying Catholicism

The Catholic Church firmly holds that belief in God can be justified through reason.

Why the Words of Baptism Matter - First Things

I had served as a priest for three years. But I learned that I had never validly received the gift of the sacrament of baptism, and therefore had never validly received confirmation, the Eucharist, or ordination to the priesthood.

The Cultural Revolution and Us - The Catholic Thing

The general lack of conviction about authentic Catholicism has hobbled the Church in speaking prophetically during the public unrest and the global pandemic.

The Promise of a Post-Covid Church - Crisis Magazine

Traditional Catholicism offers something all people crave: a sense of identity. This sense of identity reinforces their Christian faith and liberates them from the typical insecurities of more mainstream Catholics. Having truly removed themselves from the general culture, they will be able to handle being a countercultural minority when the time requires it.

Sympathy For the Devil - First Things

Attacks on a healthy society at the macro level — the congealing of economic and political power in a minority elite, for example — inevitably cripple the family on a micro level and result in a poisoned civic life. Which is where we are now.

When even the Church abandons the abandoned spouse - Leila Miller

Divorce is a dirty, evil business. But nothing in that carnage grieves me as deeply as when the agents of the Catholic Church are complicit in the dismantling of Catholic families.

Crisis: Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church - The Catholic Project

A series about the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church: its origins, characters, causes, and reforms. Host Karna Lozoya interviews bishops, survivors, reporters, lawyers, social workers, and many more, to help navigate a systemic problem that has plagued the modern church for at least 70 years.

How some victims of New Zealand's mass murderer forgave him - Mercatornet

Brenton Tarrant faces his victims in court before going to jail for life.

Atheist, racist, bigot, sexist: The truth about the demonic Karl Marx - CWR

"Those who say that Karl Marx," states Dr. Paul Kengor, author of The Devil and Karl Marx, "was somehow doing Christian social justice or some such nonsense make fools of themselves."

Five Myths About Columbus - Columbia

Outrageous claims about Columbus need to be tempered by a sober look at the historical record.

The Death of History - Providence Mag

History suffers from an apparently terminal illness. It is quickly dying — and dying before our eyes.

The Books Behind the Rage - First Things

How does a twenty-something recent liberal-arts graduate come to believe that his political opponents must be personally shamed and even physically beaten?

Analysis: The art of China's Vatican deal - CWR

The last two years have failed to deliver any measurable progress on the Vatican's priorities and the status quo of all-dialogue-and-no-delivery has strengthened China's position over the Church in the country and neutralized diplomatic pressure internationally.

The Completely Achievable Path to Becoming a One-Income Family - Becoming Minimalist

I have known a number of dual-income families over the years who desire to become one-income — typically experienced in conjunction with the birth of a child. This post is written with them in mind.

A Lesson for Aspiring Academics: On Alice von Hildebrand's Happy Failure - Public Discourse

In her memoirs of teaching at Hunter College for nearly forty years, Alice von Hildebrand shows aspiring academics the importance of perseverance, courage, and love in the face of hostility toward one's moral and religious views.

Back to School: Tips and Resources for Teachers - Public Discourse

New teachers need concrete examples from their teaching communities to help them manage their classrooms well and begin building experience and expertise. Returning teachers need opportunities for discussion within their communities to help them reflect on the experience and expertise they have already gained.

Educating the Educated: The Why and How of Liberal Education for Adults - Public Discourse

Many adults discover that their undergraduate education has provided little material for real intellectual, creative, or spiritual life. St. John's Graduate Institute, emphasizing Great Books and discussion, furnishes an invaluable model for educating adults with non-professional, life-informing goals.

Pandemic Lessons: Homecoming, Homeschooling, and the Home Economy - Public Discourse

A powerful antidote to such atomistic existence, loneliness, and alienation, is found in the family: productive, resilient, and together. A family-centered life with the home as the engine of education and economics orders one's vocations and roles in ways that build lasting familial bonds and provide stability amid a changing world. COVID-19 quarantining provides an opportunity for this reality to sink in.

Facts without Truth, Truths without Facts - CWR

Fallacious reasoning, when it reaches a critical mass, becomes a mass delusion, and destruction is preceded by delusion.

Tiredness as a Blessing; the Necessity of Rest - Catholic Stand

How truly wonderful to be able to keep on trying in all we do, knowing with faith that ultimately, the rest is up to God.

A unique Christian theatre brings Church figures to life - The Stream

Saint Luke Productions is finishing editing Heart of Mercy, a film adaptation of their St. Faustina play with special effects that describes her many visions of heaven and hell.

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

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