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January 20, 2021

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

"If you give yourself completely to Mary, she will give herself completely to you.  Everything Mary receives — all her graces, her interior disposition toward God — will come to you."  Have you ever considered making St. Louis de Montfort's Consecration to Mary? This year is the perfect time to do it.

"Saving Theodore McCarrick" is an important piece.  So often we get caught up in condemning wrongdoing, in "naming the sin," that we forget the Christian corollary to this action: "We must save men."

This week we also reprint the second part of Msgr. Charles Pope's reflections on 2020, which looks at the Church's response and examines "the mistakes we made so that we can avoid them in the future."  See "5 More Hard Truths We've Come to See with 2020 Vision."

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez

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"Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." - Aristotle

New Resources

Real Mercy: Mary, Forgiveness, and Trust - Father Jacques Philippe - Real Mercy: Mary, Forgiveness, and Trust

Do you know the greatest secret that Saint Louis de Montfort discovered, and why he came up with the consecration to Mary?

Saving Theodore McCarrick - T. Franche dite Laframboise - The Catholic Thing

Not everything one writes gets published.

5 More Hard Truths We've Come to See with 2020 Vision - Msgr. Charles Pope - National Catholic Register

Over the past nine months, the Church has given the impression that the sacraments are not all that relevant and that we have little to offer during a crisis. We must never allow this to happen again.

Mass in time of Covid: what 2020 revealed - Phil Lawler - Catholic Culture

Imagine a primitive tribe somewhere, whose shamans perform a ritual rain dance each year.

The New Criterion on art - Roger Kimball - The New Criterion

Among other things, this deployment of the critical spirit acts as a bastion against the engulfing rust of presentism.

Football Fancies - Theodore Dalrymple - Taki's Magazine

Sometimes I think of football (soccer), though I have no interest in it.

Editorials of Interest

Confusion twice confounded: On the motu proprio Spiritus Domini - CWR

The underlying problem with this document is that it eviscerates the clear teaching of St. John Paul II in the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici.

Valuing Celibacy - First Things

The guiding assumption is that eliminating the celibacy requirement would increase the supply of priestly labor to the Church without a commensurate reduction in quality.

What is RCIA? - Now That I'm Catholic

This article will answer some of the most common questions about the process.

What Does God Want Me to Do? - YouTube

Father Mike Schmitz offers some clarity regarding God's will in our lives.

A New Carmel - Crisis Magazine

It is 4:00 a.m. and fifteen Carmelite sisters arise to this call, dating back to the days of their foundress, Saint Terese of Avila.

New Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary & Joseph in Fairfield, Pennsylvania - LAJ

Many readers will be happy to know progress is being made with the construction of the new traditional Carmel in Fairfield, Pennsylvania.

Why We Catholics Are So 'Hung Up' on Abortion - CNY

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan explains.

Lockdowns: An Abortion Argument - The Catholic Thing

How can the choice to have an abortion be protected under the penumbras of privacy but the choice of who comes over for Thanksgiving and Christmas be restricted for reasons of public health?

My People Need Christ's Body and Blood - First Things

"They canceled Easter. Is Christmas next?" Matthew Hennessey asked this question in the Wall Street Journal on December 8. We bishops have been hearing variations on Hennessey's cry from our people as we approach another pandemic-dominated Lent, barely a month away.

Furies - Wyoming Catholic College

In times of upheaval and danger, the tendency might be to discard as useless the heritage of the past, as though it could have no bearing on the present distress. But precisely here we can make our greatest mistake.

The Five Crises of the American Regime - The Tablet

The mob assault on the Capitol is simply another entry in the catalog of American decline.

The Spiritual Quest of Identity Politics - Law & Liberty

When we say "I have an identity" these days, we mean something more than time. We mean the group of which we're a member that has a certain status in the great continuum of innocence and transgression.

Bishops urge French Catholics to pray and fast as bioethics bill returns to senate - NC Register

Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who practiced medicine and taught bioethics at a medical school before entering the priesthood, has raised concerns that human embryos are being trivialized and "discarded like vulgar consumable products."

Some Troubles in Dublin - The Catholic Thing

The Archbishop-Elect of Dublin, Dermot Farrell, gave an interview to the Irish Times soon after his appointment had been announced by the Holy See, calling the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on homosexuality merely technical.

The future of humanity passes by way of the family — not Parler, Twitter, or Facebook - NC Register

We must read the "signs of the times" and strategically rebuild with an eye to true freedom.

Writing a Rule of Life: A Timeless Tool for Decision-Making - Public Discourse

I may not live in a monastic community like St. Benedict, but I live among others in my own sort of domestic monastery, and I am fully invested in these members' flourishing. My Rule of Life helps me flesh out what it means to thrive both personally and as a family.

Murder in the cathedral - The New Criterion

On the 850th anniversary of St. Thomas Becket's martyrdom.

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

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