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October 30, 2019

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

"To live today well we also should remember that God only asks for one thing at a time, never two."  This week's reflection from Fr. Jacques Philippe is for those of us who fixate on the hopes and worries of the future and forget the present moment.

Then listen to Attorney General William Barr on Religious Liberty, a speech "excoriated by the mainstream press and the social media offenderati."  As an example, Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker reacted: "The real beleaguered minorities here are gay people who are simply trying to be treated like everyone else, but Barr twists this story into one about oppression of believers."  In "Bill Barr Is Right.  That's Why He Terrifies the Left," Robert R. Reilly assesses these responses.  "Let me ask you something, Mr. Toobin: How many suits have been brought by homosexuals against believers?  And how many have been filed by believers against homosexuals?  One column is zero.  You can guess which one.  So who is oppressing whom?"

And another article on Joker: John Zmirak says "Joker Speaks to the Young Adolf Hitler Inside Each One of Us."  "Joker shows how the human impulse of self-pity can morph into genuine evil.  ... But that's the whole problem with self-pity, isn't it?  You never think of anyone else."

We also reprint part two of Anthony Esolen's deconstruction (if such a text can merit the word) of the New American Bible.  It's fascinating to learn about the different translations compared to the original Hebrew.

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez

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"But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. " Edmund Burke

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"There is need of only one thing" - Father Jacques Philippe - from Interior Freedom

Our present life is always something good, for the Creator has endowed it with a blessing he will never cancel, even though sin has complicated things.

The Elder Statesman - Anthony Esolen - Magnificat

Two tall men in a state room: one a Protestant minister in his prime, full of zeal, beloved by millions all over the world; the other quite elderly, of a quiet demeanor, subtle, careful, yet absolutely clear in his thought.

Bill Barr Is Right. That's Why He Terrifies the Left. - Robert R. Reilly - Crisis

Attorney General William Barr was excoriated by the mainstream press and the social media offenderati for his speech at the (Roman Catholic) University of Notre Dame last week.

Joker Speaks to the Young Adolf Hitler Inside Each One of Us - John Zmirak - The Stream

I'll confess, when I saw Joker my first thought was, "How did they know?"

Blunting the Straightforward Tenets of the Faith - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing

In a column a few weeks ago, I called upon the USCCB to drive a stake through the undead heart of the dreadful New American Bible — and the lectionary based upon it.

Why do you need a crucifix on your wall? - Simcha Fisher - The Catholic Weekly

An exorcist cleansed a local house of oppressive spirits, some time ago.

Shusaku Endo - Heather King - Magnificat

Shusaku Endo (1923-1996), Japanese Roman Catholic novelist, authored Silence, adapted into a film in 2016.

Censuring those who do not believe in unbelief - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

If "religio" is translated as being bound to a particular outlook on life, then everyone is religious.

Editorials of Interest:

Behold, the Millenial Nuns - Huffington Post

Editorials of Interest

Three Key Paragraphs of Amazon Synod's Final Document - NC Register

Full texts of the propositions relating to the ordination of married men, a female diaconate and an Amazonian rite, their voting numbers, plus some brief observations.

Dechristianity by the numbers - Standpoint

Stephen Bullivant's Mass Exodus: Catholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America since Vatican II is the social scientific equivalent of a procedural crime novel.

Letters from the Synod 2019 #8 - First Things

George Weigel on inculturation.

Bishop warns against yoga and mindfulness in schools - Waterford News

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan has written to schools that "Yoga is not of Christian origin" and is not suitable for a parish school setting "especially not during Religious Education time."

Behold, the Millenial Nuns - Huffington Post

More and more young women are being called to the religious life, after 50 straight years of decline. What on earth is going on?

Caring for Liturgical Linens - Fr. Jerabek

A fascinating explanation of how to launder liturgical linens.

The Cup of Salvation: Where Does Altar Wine Come From? - NC Register

Producers of sacramental altar wines are a select group.

How to receive the Body of Christ like a saint - NC Register

Receiving Communion successfully — that is, like a saint — requires more than meets the eye.

Make Church Music Great Again - YouTube

The debate about what is appropriate for music at Sunday worship has raged for decades and as it has, many people and communities have adopted novelties and new approaches without waiting for it to be resolved.

What is a spiritual director and how can they help me? - Aleteia

Having a trusted spiritual director can make a profound impact on a person's life.

Be Not Afraid: 5 Ways to Have Hope in Dark Times - The Catholic Gentleman

I am firmly convinced that in these times, the merest stammering of the creed, the weakest but most heartfelt act of faith, despite all feelings to the contrary, will be rewarded with a crown of martyrdom.

How To Regulate Pornography - First Things

There are at least three politically feasible legislative solutions to the pornography crisis that should pass constitutional muster.

A Nation That Can't Forgive Is Doomed - Crisis Magazine

We as a nation are rapidly dispensing with forgiveness. In its stead, we favor resentment, vengeance, and even hatred. This cultivation of animosity is a thoroughly un-American trait, and one that seriously threatens the Christian foundations of our republic.

Astrology's Popularity is Growing. Why? - The Stream

Astrology has become popular among people "who see no contradiction between using astrology and believing in science."

Streets With Nooks and Crannies Are Beloved and Endangered - The American Conservative

Nooks and crannies occur in an ancient town like the endearing wrinkles on an aged face. But how can they be incorporated into buildings constructed on the principles of curtain-wall architecture.

Santa Muerte, Don't Pray for Us - Crisis Magazine

Death is the wage of sin and has rule over this world, which is yet another reason to look for the coming of another Kingdom — and another Ruler.

Whatever that was, it wasn't a 'stunt' - CLB

As a rule, I hold that removing objects from private property is not an act of good order. But then, neither is setting up idols in Catholic churches an act of good order.

The latest technology to help you track your fertility with confidence - Aleteia

These 9 tools are some of the newest and most accurate ways to help you know your body.

Why are Catholics raving about Kanye West's new album? - Catholic Herald

'Jesus is King' depicts the artist's ongoing battle to escape the dictatorship of relativism.

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

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