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July 18, 2018

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

We begin with a reflection from Thomas Merton that is especially necessary in today's political climate.  "Do not be too quick to assume your enemy is a savage just because he is your enemy."  See "Loving Our Enemies."

"Marriage without God is possible in theory, but not in practice," says Scott Hahn.  And so is converting people to the truth.  In "Secular Arguments for Marriage Are Not Enough," Jennifer Roback Morse explains that Jesus is our most powerful argument — and the time has come to use him.

Adding to our series of articles on educating boys is Anthony Esolen's "What Mothers Cannot Give to Their Sons."  "Boys in the company of girls do not form the strong bonds of male friendship, because they are too busy competing for the attention of the girls.  So it appears that for the sake of both married love and the masculine camaraderie that is so dynamic in its cultural possibilities, we ought to pay attention to the boy's needs and strengths and arrange social and educational opportunities accordingly."

"Rejected though it may be by many, Humanae Vitae and its uncanny warnings are the single best explanatory model of our contemporary landscape."  Mary Eberstadt explains why in "The Prophetic Vision of Blessed Paul VI."

Finally, Fr. George Rutler compares the American Revolution (which invoked God) and the French Revolution (which rejected God) — to "The only revolution that truly counts."

While we will still update the website daily with editorials, this is our last newsletter until September.  Until then, have a blessed summer! - Meaghen Hale

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New Resources

Loving Our Enemies - Father Thomas Merton - New Seeds of Contemplation

Do not think that you can show your love for Christ by hating those who seem to be his enemies on earth.

Secular Arguments for Marriage Are Not Enough - Jennifer Roback Morse - Crisis Magazine

In The First Society, Scott Hahn delivers a practical program for defending the family in our hostile secular world.

What Mothers Cannot Give to Their Sons - Anthony Esolen - Public Discourse

For the sake of boys and the families they must eventually lead, we must open our hearts and quit attempting to thrust upon them an unnatural and uninspiring commitment to sexual indifference.

St. John Paul II: Missionary of Love and Life - George Weigel - Columbia

In the early 1950s, during Poland's worst period of communist repression, Father Karol Wojty?a made an interesting discovery while building a campus ministry in Krakow.

'Conservativism' Review: Holding On to the Good Things - Richard Aldous - Wall Street Journal

A concise and stylish primer of conservative thought reminds us that culture is more easily destroyed than created.

The Prophetic Vision of Blessed Paul VI - Mary Eberstadt - Columbia

It is no exaggeration to say that Humanae Vita" was — and remains — one of the most globally rejected documents of the modern age.

The only revolution that truly counts - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

It may be the seasonal heat that incubates revolutionary sentiments, since both Independence Day and Bastille Day occurred in the feverish days of July.

Editorials of Interest:

Fences and Neighbors - First Things

Editorials of Interest

Cardinal Arinze: If Protestants want to receive Communion, they should become Catholic - Catholic Herald

Cardinal Arinze weighs in on the Communion debate and recalls the saint who inspired his vocation.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider discusses liturgy, priesthood, doctrinal confusion, immigration, Synod on the Youth - Catholic World Report

"When people are really persecuted, you need to help them. But as for the phenomenon of the European so-called immigration, it is clear and evident by what we can observe, that this is an orchestrated action."

Priests and Marriage Preparation - NC Register

Rather than being an insurmountable handicap, my priesthood is actually an asset.

Churchspotting: St. Lawrence, Harrisburg PA - One Peter 5

This is a chapel of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and the parish is absolutely beautiful.

Brett Kavanaugh is nominated by Trump to succeed Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy - The Washington Post

President Trump elevated a conservative stalwart with deep ties to the Republican establishment to succeed retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and triggered a partisan war over the court's future.

US Rosary Coast-to-Coast Planned for October 7 - NC Register

An "Allied Force" of the United States and other countries are looking to join together on the same day as a Holy League facing a spiritual battle.

What does Mexico's radical new president mean for the Church? - Catholic Herald

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador toned down the rhetoric during the campaign, but what will he do in office?

Bishops, journalists attacked at church in Nicaragua - CNS

Nicaraguan bishops and clergy were attacked by armed groups aligned with the government.

'They are shooting at a church': Inside the 15-hour siege by Nicaraguan paramilitaries on university students - The Washington Post

The first student I met outside the Church of the Divine Mercy had a fresh bullet hole in his lower back.

Fences and Neighbors - First Things

To say everything that we want to say, we seem to need both a sense that we are kin to all other human beings and a sense of allotted periods and boundaries — that we stand in special relationship with and have special duties toward only some from among that one human family.

Integralism and Catholic Doctrine - Public Discourse

Catholics today are not required to believe in a Catholic confessional state. If anything, they are required to believe that everyone has a right under the natural law to religious freedom, that the state has no authority in religious matters, and that coercion of religious activity by the state is morally wrong.

On Defying the Majority When They Are Wrong - Crisis Magazine

We want to be fearless and firm in the face of majorities — even overwhelming majorities — that are simply off the mark. Because, despite the contemporary clamor, truth is not democratic.

Secular Materialism Can't Make Sense of Reality - Public Discourse

Rumors of God's death may have been greatly exaggerated, but the prevalence of a materialistic philosophy that cannot give an adequate account of human freedom and moral responsibility has put in jeopardy many of the core ideas at the base of our civilization.

Terrorism, restlessness, and Bastille Day - Catholic World Report

The tantalizing lie of revolution is the idea that heaven-on-earth sits right around the corner, provided some hated class can be overthrown and then purged from public life.

The greatest weapon within the grasp of every Catholic is the keeping of a well-ordered soul - Assumption Grotto Church

I'd like our people to be "cunning as serpents but innocent as doves," that is to say, fully aware of what is happening in our time in the Church but unaffected by it.

Unity, Truth, and Catholic Social Thought - First Things

There is one unified, integrated teaching about how we as Catholics should conduct our lives in this world and what we should promote to our fellow citizens as the just, love-affirming, liberating, life-giving way.

This is what God's voice sounds like, according to St. Ignatius Loyola - Aleteia

In his writings on the topic of the discernment of spirits, St. Ignatius Loyola provides specific instructions on how to identify the voices you hear in your soul.

6 Women share how quitting birth control improved their health - Aleteia

FABMs (fertility awareness based methods) are rooted in scientific data and offer a holistic approach to women's health.

Leading with beauty — and classics from Hollywood's Golden Age - Catholic World Report

In a culture deeply divided, this study guide program strives to inspire the moral imagination of young people through classic films.

Why Can't Women Become Catholic Priests? - YouTube

Jesus gives us the priesthood; it is not something we invent on our own.

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

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