Is Christ divided? No; He is Christ United in Mid-City

1 Corinthians 1:13

Monday, April 17, 2017

True forgiveness is greater than false tolerance

But What Exactly is Easter? | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | "Christ, the Son of God, rose from the dead." In that brief sentence, if we look carefully enough, we can discover the whole order of being and our place within it.

Six things people get wrong about the Resurrection | Carl E. Olson | Put simply, the Resurrection of the Christ is an event that divides. It is also a belief that challenges, confuses and confounds.

To Glory in the Cross of Christ | Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | Every cross borne by any believer gains meaning and becomes life-giving when it is brought into a relationship with the Cross.

Benedict XVI at 90: A rare glimpse into his joy-filled life | Catholic News Agency | An interview with Archbishop Gänswein, who has been Benedict's personal secretary since 2003.

Cardinal Sarah's Address on the 10th Anniversary of "Summorum Pontificum" | Cardinal Robert Sarah | Message sent by the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to the Colloquium “The Source of the Future”

The Raqqa Diaries is a unique, harrowing account of life under ISIS in Syria | Fiorella Nash | Samer’s story drags the reader into the heart of an otherwise distant conflict, forcing us to walk those streets, witness those atrocities, feel that fear.

"Sacred art is always traditional": An interview with Daniel Mitsui | Carl E. Olson | "We are living in a time comparable to the iconoclastic crises of the seventh and eighth centuries," says the talented artist from Chicago.

How to Respond to Relativism with Logic and Love | Paul Senz | An interview with Dr. Edward Sri, professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute and author of Who Am I to Judge?

The Radical Grace documentary is dissenting, misleading propaganda | Ann Carey | The award-winning film about "three fearless nuns" pursuing social justice, sponsored by several notorious "reform" groups, is full of distortions, misrepresentations, and manipulations.

Fighting the Porn Myth with Science | Catholic News Agency | Even though he’s Catholic, Matt Fradd’s new anti-porn book, “The Porn Myth,” won’t quote the saints or the Bible or recommend a regimen of rosaries. Here's why.

“Always forward”: Inside the work of the Word on Fire apostolate | Paul Senz | Word on Fire, says Fr. Steve Grunow, CEO of the apostolate, is "a concretization of Vatican II’s vision of a complementary and cooperative rapport between clergy and laity..."

Prospects of a Catholic Literary Revival | David Paul Deavel | Can a Catholic literary revival take place and again take part in challenging and perhaps transforming our culture?

“The Devil wins if we don’t show up for the debate”: Fr. Spitzer on reclaiming the transcendentals | Connor Malloy | Philosophy professor and Jesuit Fr. Robert Spitzer discusses rekindling a love for truth, goodness, and beauty among young people—before it is “drummed out of them by materialists and physicalists.”

Fighting the Ideologies of Contraception, Divorce, and Gender | Jim Graves | "So much of society suppresses the harm that the Sexual Revolution has had on individuals, covering it up with what I call 'happy talk,'" says Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute.

The Mysterious, Surprising, and Joyful Work of the Novelist | K. V. Turley | "As with all Christian art, the writer’s calling is to make visible what is invisible," says novelist and iconographer Michael O'Brien.

Diversity Is Not a Cult—But What is It? | Anthony Esolen | Chesterton had it right: the man who ceases to believe in God does not then believe in nothing. He will believe in anything, and shower upon that object the devotion that is due only to the divine.

As Europe Declines, the Church Dithers | Dr. Samuel Gregg | Six decades after the Treaty of Rome, the European Union is in deep trouble. But is the Catholic Church capable of helping Europe change course?

Beware the Fundamentalist, my brothers! ... and shun the fractious Fomenters | John S. Hamlon | How Pope Francis sees moral history vis-à-vis marriage and family reveals much about which direction he wants the Church to take and at what destination he wants her to arrive.

Martin Luther: True Reformer or Defender of Erroneous Conscience? | Dr. R. Jared Staudt | The key issue in debating Luther’s legacy on conscience in the Catholic Church entails whether the teachings of the Church are subordinate to one’s own conscience or whether conscience is bound by the teaching of the Church.

Ideology Is poisoning storytelling and rattling readers | Thomas M. Doran | Writers are often seduced by cultural genies to make characters into sock puppets and plot lines into bullhorns that parrot “smart” thinking or ridicule “regressive” perspectives and values.

A Nun's Story is occasionally compelling but deeply flawed | Fiorella Nash | The account of Shirley Leach's sudden decision to become a nun is charming in places, but suffers from poor editing and failure to engage with deeper questions.

Space is scary: “Life” and Walker Percy’s angels and beasts | Andrew Svenning | The Catholic novelist’s account of modern man’s Cartesian divide is remarkably applicable to contemporary sci-fi movies.

True forgiveness is greater than false tolerance | Nicholas Senz | Why one of the great weaknesses of the current cult of tolerance is one of the great strengths of Christianity.

CRUX author says Pope Francis not easily labeled. But then labels him. Accurately. | Carl E. Olson | Attempts to distinguish the populist approach of the Pope from those employed by Donald Trump and others is understandable, but end up demonstrating how much those approaches have in common.

Fr. Gabriel is the newest "knight of God" in the pantheon of literary detectives | Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin | Fiorella de Maria’s new novel "The Sleeping Witness" is written in a restrained but beautiful style, offering suspense, a satisfying conclusion, and a clear-eyed depiction of sin.

A Week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Part 1—The Men | K.V. Turley | Each of these five friars in London have stories that are similar to the extent that each was in the world earning a living, and, in their quieter moments, had sensed something missing.

A Week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Part 2—The Mission | K.V. Turley | The friars witness to their faith every time they step out of the friary. They walk the city streets as naturally as anyone else. They are as much part of Canning Town as their neighbors.

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