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April 18, 2018

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

In our darkest moments, "when we sense ourselves incapable of the elevation of the soul fitting to sacred things, it is then that the look turned toward perfect purity is most effective."  Read Simone Weil's meditation on the true means of holy ascent: "Just as Moses lifted up the serpent."

We reprint Peter Kreeft's introduction to his own book, "Forty Reasons I Am a Catholic"  along with reason number 30.  They're both short and to the point. The 30th point he gives: "I am a Catholic because only the Church can Whup the devil."

Then George Weigel writes about "Learning from the White Rose," an anti-Nazi student organization whose three leaders were executed for treason.  "They learned that conscience can be stern, but that in submitting to the truths it conveys, we are liberated in the deepest meaning of human freedom."

David Warren's "Dinosaurs on the Move" presents an interpretation of a recent poll that shows church attendance is falling in the United States: We have "ceased to be prayed for," and therefore we have "also ceased to pray."

Finally, a powerful review of "Sigrid Undset's Ida Elisabeth: The Moral Nobility of a Loving Woman."  (If you haven't heard of Undset, she was a Norwegian novelist and awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.  Her work Kristin Lavransdatter is considered one of the great Catholic novels.)  Ida Elisabeth is a woman who does not lie to herself about the great sacrifices demanded by love.

Let us love one another.  - Meaghen Hale

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"True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less." - C.S. Lewis

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"Just as Moses lifted up the serpent..." - Simone Weil - Awaiting God

When a human being turns his attention and gaze upon the Lamb of God present in the consecrated bread, part of the evil contained in him is carried into that perfect purity and undergoes destruction....

Introduction and chapter 30 - Peter Kreeft - from Forty Reasons I Am a Catholic

My title explains itself. But it is misleading.

Learning from the White Rose - George Weigel - The Catholic Difference

Seventy-five years last February, Sophie and Hans Scholl and their friend Christian Probst were executed by guillotine at Munich's Stadelheim Prison for high treason.

Caravaggio the "theologian" - Father John Gribowich - Magnificat

The intimate relationship that an artist has with their work can at times seem disconnected.

How to raise kind kids — and make family life happier - Andrew Mullins - Mercatornet

A must-read new book for parents on character formation.

Dinosaurs on the Move - David Warren - The Catholic Thing

We have all seen the latest Gallup poll. . . .

Sigrid Undset's Ida Elisabeth: The Moral Nobility of a Loving Woman - Mitchell A. Kalpakgian - Crisis Magazine

Ida Elisabeth is a novel about a self-sacrificing woman whose life of heroic suffering for the sake of her marriage and children exemplifies moral courage.

Taking the Lord seriously - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

The Lord's confrontation in every age is a direct one against "the Devil and all his pomps."

Editorials of Interest:

The Kids Aren't Alright - The Catholic Thing

Editorials of Interest

Challenge yourself with Gaudete et Exsultate! - Catholic Culture

If people do not think they can learn anything about holiness from Pope Francis, they need to think again.

Should one take Cdl. Schönborn's comments on female ordination seriously? - Canon Law Blog

Recent comments from Viennese prelate Christoph Cdl. Schönborn seem to be a chilling illustration of the erosion of order in the Church.

A Tradition Unlike Any Other - First Things

We don't act as though the Church had something special to offer, and so, with rare exceptions when her irrepressible transcendence bursts forth, no one treats her as though she did.

What Would Have Stopped Martin Luther - First Things

Could the Reformation have been prevented?

China Insists on Control of Religion, Dimming Hope of Imminent Vatican Deal - NY Times

"I think there is no religion in human society that is above the state," said senior official Chen Zongrong.

President of France calls on Catholics to engage politically - CNA

"Our contemporaries need to hear a voice which still dares to speak of man as a living spirit."

Adoption and the Firing of Kevin Williamson - First Things

Writers work out their moral judgments in the public sphere.

Unpracticed Faith is Functional Atheism - Crisis Magazine

Seventy percent of Americans profess to be Christians, and yet as few as three percent could be called disciples — believers who have dedicated their lives to become more like Jesus by learning to do the things he commanded us to do.

When Liberals Become Progressives, Much Is Lost - NY Times

Like conservative fundamentalism, progressivism contributes to the polarization and paralysis of government because it makes compromise, which entails accepting less progress, not merely inadvisable but irrational.

Why America's Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis - NY Times

The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America.

Why California Can't Be a Sanctuary State - Crisis Magazine

The modern misuse of sanctuary could not be more contrary to its original intention. Several things are needed for a true sanctuary.

My kids think they don't have to go to church because their dad doesn't. What can I do? - Aleteia

A question that illustrates how influential the role of fatherhood is in the spiritual upbringing of children.

The Kids Aren't Alright - The Catholic Thing

Serial, planned meetings between man and woman have been replaced by a kind of directionless spontaneity, and yet biological realities haven't changed.

'We Love Each Other So Much, We're Getting Divorced' - The Stream

Love has nothing to do with it.

What's Lust Got to Do With It? - NY Times

Why would a woman go home with a man, decide she's not attracted to him but have sex with him anyway?

They were going to get married. Now he's a priest and she's a sister. - CNA

Before discovering their vocations, Fr. Javier Olivera and Sister Marie de la Sagesse were engaged and planning their wedding. God had other plans.

The most unexpectedly religious film of the year - Catholic World Report

One would have to be blind not to see a number of religious motifs in John Krasinski's absorbing film A Quiet Place.

New Catholic App for Kids Is a Game-Changer for Parents - uCatholic

Fuzati, a Texas-based Catholic technology firm, has created the revolutionary app "Little Saint Adventures," which features over 50 games and activities that teach children about the Catholic faith.

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

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