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Monday, December 16, 2013

Ignatius Insight e-Letter | MON, Dec 16.2103

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013 | St. Adelaide, Patroness of Prisoners

ESSAYS and POSTS about Pope Francis' missionary Church, Advent and joy, Christmas albums, Evangelii Gaudium, TIME's "Person of the Year", marriage tips, and more!

Pope Francis' Missionary Church | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The Pontiff's focus (and impatience) is “this-worldly,” but it is not “utopian” or modernist.

Awake! Repent! Rejoice! | Carl E. Olson | First, awaken. Then repent. Now rejoice. Those have been the central themes during these three Sundays of Advent.

Do You Hear What I Hear? | Joseph F. Martin | Contemporary Christmas albums are often uneven and uninspired. Here are six noteworthy exceptions.

Evangelii Gaudium: Uniting Vision or Inciting Division? | Russell Shaw | The challenge of apostolate is an opportunity for all Catholics to perform tasks that together continue the redemptive work of Christ.

Got Debt and a Religious Vocation? | Carrie Gress | A new apostolate eliminates student loans to help in the proper discernment of vocation.

Evangelii Nuntiandi: "The greatest pastoral document that has ever been written" | J.J. Ziegler | Pope Francis has been candid about his appreciation for Paul VI’s 1975 apostolic exhortation.

Pope Francis named Time’s “Person of the Year” | Catherine Harmon | Magazine lauds the Pontiff for "pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets."

TIME for Some False Assumptions | Carl E. Olson | A few thoughts on the selection of Pope Francis as "Person of the Year".

Make your marriage happier with 101 tips from the Ruth Institute | Leslie Fain | "It’s a straight-forward tool box for improving your marriage..."

On "Whose God Is God?" | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The problem is not with God. The problem is already located in the classical Garden in Genesis.

Understanding Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ | The new document outlines the key themes Pope Francis hopes will constitute his pontificate.


Why The Laity Matters | Alvino-Mario Fantini | A review of Cardinal Francis Arinze’s new book, The Layperson’s Distinctive Role.

Subsidiarity | James Kalb | Why is this basic principle of Catholic social teaching praised more than it is practiced?

A Convert's Roman Pilgrimage | Christopher White | On five days in Rome with 2,000 years of living history and 500 pages of learned guidance.

I Went to a Hockey Game...and the Faith Broke Out | David Paul Deavel | Alyssa Bormes explains the catechetical possibilities skating right by us in the rink of life.

The Bishops and Catholic Hospitals Under Fire | Carrie Gress | The president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center discusses the ACLU’s lawsuit against the US bishops over Catholic health care directives.

The Liturgy, Fifty Years after Sacrosanctum Concilium | CWR Staff | Dom Alcuin Reid reflects upon what the landmark document on the liturgy has meant for Catholic worship.

Traditional Liturgy Flourishing in the Bible Belt | Brian Mershon | A South Carolina parish demonstrates that reverent, beautiful liturgies--in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms--are possible in a modern American parish.

Six Simple Ways to Nudge Conversions | Carrie Gress | Some practical, foundational practices for putting the Pope's message of evangelization into action.

Warming the Coldest Hearts | Nick Olszyk | Why Disney's Frozen is the year’s best family film.

Head of the SSPX sees a papal reset with Pope Francis | Michael J. Miller | Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the Society of St. Pius X, remarks on Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

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