Make a Donation
October 21, 2020

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

Sometimes it's hard to believe that God is taking care of us when we see suffering around us and in our own lives.  It's even harder to accept that we don't fully understand this paradox that C. S. Lewis called the problem of pain.

This is where faith becomes an act of the will.  Padre Pio said, "Don't turn in on yourself as so often happens, unfortunately.  In the midst of the trials which may afflict you, just place all your confidence in our Supreme Good in the knowledge that he takes more care of us than a mother takes of her child."

"Privilege and Christianity" is a refreshing take on this current topic.  No one should apologize for so-called privilege — it is not a choice we made and not something we can change.  "The Blessed Mother then shows us the proper response to receiving a privilege from God: gratitude and humility."

We can pray to our guardian angels to help turn our thoughts to the good and our hearts to God.  The National Catholic Register's interview with Father Serge-Thomas Bonino is a lovely primer on our angelic friends.

I loved John Cuddeback's "The Courage to Be a Man."  "Men have a special calling to take responsibility for discerning and instilling right order: first in their own actions, and then in various ways in the life-context for which they are responsible.  Such instilling of order is a way of serving, and it is essential to the exercise of all fatherhood."

May this be a week of refreshment.  - Meaghen Gonzalez

Web version of this CERC Weekly Update here
Previous CERC Weekly Update here
Subscribe/unsubscribe here
Visit the CERC website at

"Whoever does not meditate, is like someone who never looks in the mirror before going out, doesn't bother to see if he's tidy, and may go out dirty without knowing it. The person who meditates and turns his mind to God, who is the mirror of his soul, seeks to know his faults, tries to correct them, moderates his impulses, and puts his conscience in order." - Saint Padre Pio

New Resources

Taking Nothing, Having Everything - Saint Padre Pio - from Words of Light: Inspiration from the Letters of Padre Pio

I urge you to have ever greater confidence in God, for it is written that those who trust in him will never be forsaken.

Premarital Sex is a Mortal Sin - Monsignor Charles Pope - Community in Mission

We must be clear and insist on repentance as the only way to be saved.

Amazing Facts Every Catholic Should Know About Angels - Solène Tadié - National Catholic Registr

The secretary of the International Theological Commission provides a clarification about the nature and mission of our celestial companions.

Privilege and Christianity - David G Bonagura, Jr. - The Catholic Thing

"Privilege" is now a loaded word, launched to belittle opponents and to cut off meaningful argument before it starts.

The Courage to Be a Man - John A. Cuddeback - LifeCraft

"The courage of men is to command, so that no fear cause them to fail to order what should be done..." - Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle's Politics

Better Venus than Brunhilda - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

While Greek mythology was sheer fantasy, it is psychologically insightful.

Editorials of Interest

Even Caesar belongs to God - CWR

Jesus is the Son of God, and He is the Source of human rights, of natural law, and of the legitimate authority of "Caesar," meaning those who govern.

Thou - First Things

One of the disappointing features of our controversies about biblical translations, the readings in the lectionary, the composition of our hymnals, sacred art in our churches, and gestures and actions in our liturgies, is that people in charge of things seem to be poorly versed in the humanities.

Catholicism and the Modern Age - YouTube

Jordan Peterson in conversation with Bishop Barron.

Three questions for Catholic opponents of capital punishment - CWR

When one reads Pope Francis's statements about the death penalty carefully, it turns out to be difficult to interpret them in a way that would make assent to them binding on Catholics.

God's Saboteurs - First Things

Rod Dreher joins the First Things podcast to discuss his new book, "Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents."

Resist in Truth - First Things

In 1951, security forces in communist Czechoslovakia arrested Silvester Krcmery — and as they were taking him away, he burst out laughing.

Can our departed loved ones send us messages from heaven? - OSV

There could be certain instances where the Lord permits a soul in heaven to send us a word, message, sign or consolation. However, this does not seem to be something we should regularly expect, and we should be very discerning before simply accepting that something is a message from a departed soul.

Why do people think they don't know how to pray? - Catholic Stand

I think it may be not so much that people think they don't know how to pray as it is that people tend to have a nagging feeling that they do not pray well.

Brooklyn bishop: 'Outrageous' NY coronavirus restrictions ignore church successes - CWR

"It is outrageous that after incurring great expense to implement all the safety protocols, our parishes are being forced to reduce capacity to a maximum of 10 people in the red zone and 25 people in the orange zone," Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said Oct. 5.

Amy Barrett and the Intolerable - The Catholic Thing

If being Catholic isn't a sign of contradiction to the worldly orthodoxies of our time, then surely, we are doing something wrong.

The real beginning of the SCOTUS scrums - CWR

It's usually said that the bad times began in 1987 with President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork, but the start of the confirmation problem came much earlier.

Some People Did See It Coming - CWR

A review of Gerald F. Seib's We Should Have Seen It Coming: From Reagan to Trump — A Front-Row Seat to a Political Revolution.

The Immorality of Indefinite Lockdowns - Rorate Caeli

The ends never justify the means.

Lockdowns, months later - Rorate Caeli

The minute we start bickering about how Covid is less dangerous than seasonal flu for those under 45, we have taken the consequentialist bait. It is always evil to turn to a totalitarian revocation of fundamental human rights, regardless of how scared we happen to feel.

We Need a Radically Different Approach to the Pandemic and Our Economy as a Whole - Jacobin

We talk to two public health experts about America's COVID-19 response and how poor households have borne a disproportionate share of the pandemic's hardship. We need to urgently fight for a more just society.

The 'Days of Rage' Are Upon Us - Crisis Magazine

Violence becomes the last resort when one has despaired of everything else. It rises from a despair of life as it is, given its imperfections and the difficulties inherent in improving its condition. Despair, however, is the inevitable path to death.

Chesterton House: A Place of Formation, Hospitality & Outreach - ACS

Chesterton House is a retreat ministry run by Glen and Therese McDonald and their family, who belong to St. Benedict's Catholic Community, the Ordinariate parish community in Edmonton, Alberta.

A mother's fossil footprints: the longest known prehistoric journey - Mercatornet

12,000 years ago, a mother made a mystery dash across a muddy plain in New Mexico.

How a White-throated Sparrow's New Tune Went Viral - Audubon

A modified dialect of male song began in a local population in western Canada and, in two decades, traveled to birds more than 1,800 miles away.

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

Subscribe / Unsubscribe
Copyright © 2020 Catholic Education Resource Center