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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


TUESDAY, August 11, 2015 | St. Philomena

ESSAYS and POSTS about the Synod and homosexuality, novels, Mother Nature, images and witness, Nagasaki, the Bread of Life, spiritual hunger, Anton Bruckner, and much more!

Living the truth in love: The director of Courage on homosexuality and the synod | Kerri Lenartowick | Fr. Paul Check discusses his hopes and concerns for the upcoming Synod on the Family.

"To some extent, I think that we are all haunted by the past" | | Novelist Fiorella De Maria discusses the historical, personal, and spiritual themes in her diverse novels.

Mother Nature Is One Unreliable Lady | Bishop-elect Robert Barron | The consistent Biblical message is that this Creator God is not like the arbitrary and capricious gods of the ancient world; rather, he is reliable, rock-like in his steadfast love.

Apostolate in the Civilization of the Image | David Warren | Could it be that inherent in our modern methods of communication, even in the structure of our language, there is a way of speaking, or a means of communication, that inhibits the Gospel message?

First Chapter: Everywhere in Chains | | Read the opening chapter of Everywhere in Chains, James Casper's highly thought-provoking, sometimes amusing and always life-affirming novel.

August 9, 1945: Our Lady of Sorrows, Takashi Nagai and "A Song for Nagasaki" | K. V. Turley | The bombing of Nagasaki, viewed through the lens of eternity, became a mystical foreshadowing of the Apocalypse and, therefore, paradoxically, a preamble to the coming of the Lamb.

Spiritual Hunger and the Bread of Life | Carl E. Olson | The great joy of our heavenly Father is to hear us say, as we come forward to receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of his Son: “I’m hungry! I’m starving!”

The feeding of the five thousand was just the beginning | Carl E. Olson | Christ's miracle on the mountain was just the beginning; it was, so to speak, a presentation of credentials. It made the people sit up and pay attention.

A Kaleidoscope of "Beauteous Truth" | Jerry Salyer | Joseph Pearce's collection of several dozen thought-provoking essays covers culture, politics, history, religion, literature, and much more.

Shaun the Shepherd | Nick Olszyk | Perhaps the greatest compliment one can give "Shaun the Sheep: The Movie" is that it captures a little bit of Heaven.

The Elephant In the Synod Hall | Carl E. Olson | Why is it that a Special Synod called precisely to counteract the forces undermining marriage says almost nothing about the role of contraception in this crisis?

The Divinization of the Earth: A “Religion” Without a “God” | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The direct connection between theories of earth primacy and brutal control of human beings through abortion, sterilization, and euthanasia simply cannot be avoided.

Taking the “long view” on Russia | George Weigel | Ecumenical dialogue between Russia and Rome today must focus on a new ecumenical initiative that would create the conditions for a Russian Orthodoxy not in thrall to state power.

Extremists execute the unborn, Christians seek truth and justice | Carl E. Olson | The White House says David Daleiden and the CMP are "extremists on the right"; Daleiden, a 26-year-old Catholic, says he's inspired by Pope Francis.

A Plurality of Family Models: Imperfect Expressions of the Same Ideal? | Stephan Kampowski | The underlying principles on which these diverse “family models” are based are for the most part directly contrary to what the Christian family is all about.

Anton Bruckner and God | R. V. Stove | The Austrian, Catholic composer refracted his entire creative life through the sensibility of his changeless religious belief, yet it was a belief that had no room for complacency or personal arrogance.

Is Sex Meaningless? The Reply of Catholic Teaching | Patrick Lee | Catholics need to understand and be able to articulate clearly four basic points of Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality.

Empire and its Discontents | James Kalb | The push for more comprehensive global governance raises many questions, including "Who will control it and ensure that it deals rationally and effectively with the problems assigned to it?"

Faramir’s Rangers and the 21st-century Church | Thomas M. Doran | Today, we don’t know whether the Western democracies will keep drifting away from faith and virtue, or if a turning will occur.


Iconospasm | Dr. Leroy Huizenga | The rejection of sacred images and statuary is a heresy, understood as such by the tradition east and west. And like most heresies, it rears its head regularly.

The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity | Bishop-elect Robert Barron | Untethered from God, man becomes an object among objects, and susceptible to the grossest manipulation by the powerful and self-interested.

Defending the Defender of the Jews | Dale Ahlquist | Ann Farmer's Chesterton and the Jews is a powerful defense of Chesterton—and it shows that Chesterton's prophetic insights about the Jews have been unjustly ignored.

Apocalyptic and Utopian: On Pope Francis' Bolivian Manifesto | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | The Pope's July 9th address in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, described how terrible things are in the world and how idyllic they can be.

A Fuller Reading of “The Fellowship” | Holly Ordway | As an intellectual biography and an account of the Inklings as a whole, Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski's new book is very strong—satisfying, engaging, and nuanced.

Using Technology to Educate and Catechize | Jim Graves | My Catholic Faith Delivered, says Executive Director Mike Alex, provides both online Catholic courses and platforms for groups and individuals creating their own content.

Is Less Really More? Reflections on Scarcity in “Laudato Si’” | Michael Severance | What might be the problem with the pope’s economic claim that we should consume less in order to have more resources?

"America" magazine is wrong to raise the white flag | Russell Shaw | The Jesuit weekly appears greatly impressed by the shift in public opinion, including Catholic opinion, that’s swung in favor same-sex marriage in the last few years.

Flannery O’Connor and Catholic realism | George Weigel | The southern sensibility O'Connor shared with writers like Walker Percy and Shelby Foote worked in tandem with her sacramentally-based Catholic realism.

Fr. Lombardi, head of Holy See Press Office, on how he feels about Pope Francis: "Confused." | Carl E. Olson | A "National Geographic" piece also posits that Francis was elected by "more progressive cardinals".

The Little Sisters of the Poor v. The Big Sisters of the Rich | Carrie Gress, Ph.D. | While Planned Parenthood does not call itself a religious order, it clearly has many of the trappings of a passionate and serious cult.

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