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September 14, 2022
Note from the Managing Editor
We know this life is passing away. We know to reach eternal life, we must pass through the Cross. But suffering can be so hard to accept. Even God himself prayed, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me." And, as Saint Maximilian Kolbe writes in our reflection, "The cup did not go away."

But what beautiful encouragement we have from Father Paul Scalia, who explains Christ's sense of humor in the parable of how to choose your seat at a dinner party. He says: "To keep from being overwhelmed by trials, we must have a sense of humor. Without it, our engagement in the spiritual combat will quickly make us brittle, bitter, and resentful. We ought to be warriors, but joyful ones." See "The Seriousness of Humor."

Mark Malvasi writes a long but worthy read, "Romano Guardini & The End of the Modern World." He argues, "The legacy of war, the peril of nuclear annihilation, and the rise of torture and terror have combined to effect the disintegration of political, social, and moral order." It reminds me of Venerable Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen's school talk where he says that by dropping the atomic bomb "we blotted out boundaries. And from that time on, the world has said, we want no restraint, no boundaries, no limits."

Also take note of Anthony Esolen's "Imagine ... What We Already Are," the first in a series—this one on the effects of pornography. As he says, "The first order of business is to recognize the problem." And thankfully, he'll give us some ideas of what to do next.

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez
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New Resources
Abandoning Ourselves to Our Heavenly Father and Mother
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, The Writings of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, Volume I
Jesus himself in the Garden of Olives said, when he was begging his Father to release him from the appalling suffering that awaited him...
The Seriousness of Humor
Father Paul Scalia, The Catholic Thing
At the risk of seeming disrespectful or irreverent, I'd like to propose that the parable in today's Gospel is, well, funny.
Romano Guardini & "The End of the Modern World"
Mark Malvasi, The Imaginative Conservative
How many persons in the West, and even in the United States, are in their hearts still Christian?
Don't Be Fooled By "Nice"
Leila Miller, Crisis Magazine
As a teen in the 1980s, I was at a moral crossroads.
Imagine ... What We Already Are
Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing
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The Gift in One Man's Death
John Cuddeback, LifeCraft
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Out of the Silent Planet: A Guidebook Against the "New Normal"
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One evening, lamenting the fact that nobody wrote the sort of novels that they enjoyed, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien made a writers' pact.
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