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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Reality of Myth and the Force of Star Wars

The Reality of Myth and the Force of Star Wars | Christopher S. Morrissey | The deepest lesson of myth cannot be that good and evil are morally and metaphysically equivalent but that peace and justice are realized in the bringing of good out of evil.

The Virgin Mary bore the King and the Kingdom, the Messiah and the Church | Carl E. Olson | To be blessed is to have found favor with God, to be filled with the grace--the supernatural life--of God.

A Deeper Vision: Catholicism and the Past Century | Robert Royal | Most people--even most Catholics--don’t realize it, but the twentieth century, or at least the first two-thirds of it, were a kind of golden age for Catholic intellectual and cultural life.

About The “Year of Mercy” | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ | Pope Francis has declared the period between the recent Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 2015) until the Feast of Christ the King (November 20, 2016), the “Year of Mercy.”

Italy records sharp abortion decline | Vincenzina Santoro | Italy’s minister of health reports that abortion rates have declined by more than 50 percent since the early 1980s.

Catholicism, Terrorism, and Responsibility | William Kilpatrick | Islamism is not a race, it’s an ideology of conquest—and one of the oft-expressed goals of the ideologists is to subjugate Europe and bring it under the rule of the House of Islam.

Cardinal Müller: Year of Mercy an invitation to know, follow Jesus Christ | Andrea Gagliarducci/CNA | An interview with Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

What is Family? | Russell Shaw | While many say we are witnessing a new and emerging "definition of family", we are actually seeing stark evidence of chaos and collapse.

Pope Francis’s Holistic Understanding of “the Environment” | Dr. Randall B. Smith | When the Holy Father uses the term “the environment,” he means something very different from what your usual run-of-the-mill “environmentalist” means by the term.

Remembering two great bishops | George Weigel | One died 200 years ago and the other died earlier this year. Both displayed the sort of wise and strong leadership necessary to guide the faithful during turbulent and trying times.

The Spiritual Master Pope Francis Wants You to Read | Bishop Robert Barron | I first read Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, twenty-five years ago--and the experience changed my life.

Music for Advent: A Playlist | R.J. Stove | The history of Advent hymnody is rich, and stretches back to the early Church.

Advent with Cardinal Daniélou | Carl E. Olson | Some thoughts from the best (and cheapest) book I've ever read on the season of Advent.

Contraception and Original Sin | Dr. Terence J. Hughes | Why I think artificial contraception is Satan's greatest victory since original sin.

The empiricists and their rubes | Thomas M. Doran | Or why atheists don’t have a corner on reason.

Cdl. Sarah: “Without God, there is nothing but wars, division, and bewilderment” | CWR Staff | “The real crisis that our world is going through now is not essentially economic or political, but a ‘crisis of God,’” says prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Immigration, Abortion, and Consistent Solidarity | Michael J. Nader | The exclusion of unborn human life from legal protection remains the central failure of solidarity in the United States.

A peritus remembers Vatican II | Dawn Eden | Fr. Don Dietz, OMI shares his memories about the dramatic events—and colorful characters—of Vatican II.

The Shop of Ghosts: A Christmas Story by G.K. Chesterton | | "Nearly all the best and most precious things in the universe you can get for a halfpenny...."

The Off-the-Cuff and Out-of-Focus Papacy | Carl E. Olson | Since chastising orthodox bishops at the conclusion of the Synod, Pope Francis has often resorted to scoldings, ambiguities, and mixed messages

Fr. Spitzer's Brilliant Examination of the Whole of Reality | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | We have, with the publication of Fr. Robert Spitzer's quartet of books on "Happiness, Suffering, and Transcendence”, a major event in Catholic intellectual history, indeed in the history of philosophy.

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