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November 20, 2019

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""The spirit of the age is very often the worst enemy of the age." - G.K. Chesterton

New Resources

Asking the Father for the Holy Spirit - Father Bonaventure Perquin, O.P. - from Abba Father: Developing our Relationship with God the Father

The more childlike we want to be, according to the teaching of our Master, Jesus Christ, the more we shall urge the Holy Spirit to achieve our transformation.

Intimations of Immortality in the Americas - Robert Royal - The Catholic Thing

Intimations of eternity are rare in this life.

Introduction: Knight of the Holy Ghost - Dale Ahlquist - Ignatius Press and Augustine Institute

Who was Gilbert Keith Chesterton?  A rotund man in a cape brandishing a walking stick?  Certainly.  A twentieth-century writer?  Prolifically.  A great champion and defender of the Christian Faith?  Gallantly.

New study in "Science": Medieval Catholicism explains the differences between cultures to this day - Julie Zauzmer - The Washington Post

The early Catholic Church reshaped family structures and, by doing so, changed human psychology forever after.

Safe injection sites: A dose of despair - The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. -

Philadelphia's plan to create a safe (illicit) drug injection site, which received legal clearance from a federal court earlier this month, is saddening — but not surprising.

E.F. Schumacher - John Janaro - Magnificat

The phrase "small is beautiful" has become proverbial in recent decades.

Preserved sacred and inviolate - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

Most of our Founding Fathers were not deeply informed about Catholicism, but they appreciated moral integrity when they saw it.

Editorials of Interest:

Mid-Century Manhood - First Things
The 'synodality' masquerade - Denver Catholic

Editorials of Interest

Bishop Schneider's 12 steps to surviving as a Catholic family in a heretical wasteland - YouTube

"Toda, the main task of families is to establish a culture of domestic churches."

Mid-Century Manhood - First Things

It never occurred to me that manhood had anything to do with dominating women or beating down opponents on the football field or becoming rich and famous. Manhood was closer to the adage "grace under pressure."

David Daleiden's Videos Caused 'Substantial Harm' to Planned Parenthood - National Catholic Register

The federal court in San Francisco has ordered Daleiden's organization to pay the abortion giant $870,000 in punitive damages.

The 'synodality' masquerade - Denver Catholic

During the 2001 Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who'd suffered through a lot of synodal speechifying and small-group discussions over the years, made a trenchant observation: "Jesus Christ didn't intend his Church to be governed by a committee."

Four exorcists urge day of fasting, prayer, and reparation on Dec. 6 - NC Register

The priests suggest saying the Rosary and prayers to the Sacred Heart, as well as "some form of penance, such as fasting, abstinence and other forms of mortification."

Bishop Barron's five paths for bringing the unaffiliated back to the Church - OSV

Twenty-six percent of American adults and 40% of millenials identify as religiously unaffiliated.

'I just wanted to be a priest': Archbishop Gomez elected president of USCCB - CWR

Gomez, 67, was elected November 12 as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The archbishop, born in Monterey, Mexico, and ordained a priest in Spain, is the first Latino and first immigrant to lead the conference.

In US bishops' debate, Archbishop Chaput defends prioritizing fight against abortion - RC Register

The USCCB approved a letter to supplement their voting document on Tuesday — but not without controversy over the "preeminent priority" of abortion.

The Pachamama Rohrs - CWR

Environmentalism and a new theology that liberates us from traditional Christian scruples about sex while restoring pagan scruples about transgressing against Mother Nature?

Catechism will be updated to include ecological sins, pope says - CNS

Following through on a proposal made at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, Pope Francis said there are plans to include a definition of ecological sins in the church's official teaching.

Transubstantiation Isn't a Disconnected Doctrine - Church Life Journal

Where did "transubstantiation" come from?

Canada Divided Against Itself - First Things

Given that human rights have become our state religion, Canada may be unable over the long term to keep within Confederation a province in which a large majority dissent from this quasi-official faith.

4 feminist lies that are making women miserable - The Federalist

Too many women map out their lives with work at the center and eventually wish they hadn't. My inbox is loaded with women's emails saying they wish someone had told them this sooner.

One man and his gun: Mikhail Kalashnikov and the AK-47 - Mercatornet

100 million of his killing machines have been produced. Did the inventor have any regrets?

There's No 'Parental Right' to Chemically Castrate a Child - Crisis Magazine

Just as the civil government gives up its rightful authority when it makes and enforces unjust laws, parents give up their rightful authority when they treat their children against nature.

Disagreements escalate over Notre-Dame rebuilding project - Catholic Herald

Tensions are reportedly running high between French authorities overseeing the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, as they create plans to rebuild the church damaged by fire earlier this year.

Have you seen the new scientific evidence on an afterlife? - Aleteia

Despite pervasive secularization, belief in an afterlife is surging.

Beginning a simple prayer life with children. - Like Mother Like Daughter

How can it be that mothers and fathers think that praying together is anything other than a dry duty, if that? How can it happen that prayer isn't the loving gathering of worship and consoling supplication, the best and calmest part of the day together?

Painting the Nude: The Theology of the Body and Representation of Man in Christian Art - NLM

David Clayton's new book on the place of the nude in the Christian tradition historically and what its place ought to be today will be of interest to artists and non-artists alike.

One Trade School's Path to Success - City Journal

Pennsylvania's Williamson College of the Trades is a three-year school for young men offering a debt-free path to high-paying work — and the life skills to help them get there.

Regretting something? Padre Pio tells you how and why to take heart - Aleteia

The place to find God's will is in the present moment.

How St. Margaret led her wayward husband back to the Church - Aleteia

If you are married to someone who doesn't share your faith, take note of St. Margaret's example.

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

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