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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How to Preach Like the Apostles

The Untold Story of John Paul II and Ronald Reagan: "Mary is central" | Carl E. Olson | An interview with Dr. Paul Kengor about A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.

Catholic teacher in Ocala, Florida faces termination over presentation about Islam | Mary Jo Anderson | Mark Smythe faces termination for having students read quotes from St. John Bosco unless he signs a letter of reprimand.

The Stability of the Cross | Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J. | A recent interview with the new Jesuit General of my beloved Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa, only reinforces what John Paul feared.

Duc in altum: On Forty Years of Priesthood | Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas | I have never regretted for a single day having become a priest and, yes, would do it all over again – even amid the lunacy of the 60s and 70s.

How to Preach Like the Apostles | Bishop Robert Barron | Good preaching, if it is truly evangelical, is meant to draw people into the Church. That they are staying away from the Church in droves today says something rather negative about the quality of our preaching.

Reading Rod Dreher's Benedict Option with MacIntyre and Schmemann | Dr. Adam A.J. DeVille | I have every sympathy with Dreher's evidently sincere desire to see Christianity flourish, but Dreher's book offers little that is new and fresh to assist with such a task.

Benedictine Options | James Kalb | When worldly life is brutal and isordered, and the Church is persecuted, she needs a place where she can remember her ultimate goal.

The stories of priests living out their vocations on the Calvary created by the Nazis | Fiorella Nash | For all the atrocities it catalogues, Guillaume Zeller's The Priest Barracks: Dachau 1938-1945 (Ignatius Press, 2017), is primarily a book about grace.

The Mosque, the Manger, and Modernity | Carl E. Olson | “Where secularism takes God out of the public forum,” says Peter D. Beaulieu, author of Beyond Secularism and Jihad, “Islam takes the public forum out of man.”

The Creative Catholic: Fr. George W. Rutler | K. V. Turley | "The writer, like any artist, is called to bring people closer to God through beauty expressed, truth told, and virtue taught. Simple as that."

A Father’s Love: The Story of Charles and Anne | Dr. Samuel Gregg | In World War II, Charles de Gaulle saved France’s honor from the shame of defeat. Few know, however, how much strength he drew from his daughter, born with Down Syndrome.

Lessons from the Prophetess of Eucharistic Love | Paul Senz | Saint Mary Magdalene, says Fr. Sean Davidson, author of a new book on her life and example, "is the perfect adorer of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Gospels."

A Week with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Part 3—The Mystery | K. V. Turley | Third and final installment of articles about a group of Friars living in community near London.

Settle for nothing less than the infinite mystery and infinite delight | Carl E. Olson | The recent March for Science was a sad and sorry exercise in a view of reality that is flattened, dreary, and ultimately inhuman.

Anthony Esolen severs ties with Providence College; takes post at Thomas More College | CNA | The prolific author, who has been at odds with the Dominican-run institution’s direction, will begin teaching courses at the New Hampshire Catholic liberal arts college starting with the fall semester.

Anthony Esolen's move is a reminder of what Catholic education should be about | Anne Hendershott | Too many Catholic colleges--including Esolen’s once beloved Providence College--have forgotten the reason they were created in the first place.

Trump's Executive Order on Religious Liberty: Glass half full, half empty, other? | Carl E. Olson | It's not surprising that Trump's "Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty" has met with many different reactions.

A conversation with Dr. Pia Matthews about sanctity, disability, and the culture of death | Edward Short | "The unspeakable pop culture and the even more noisome elite culture are sedulous in telling our peoples that suffering is an unalloyed evil that must be extirpated at all cost."

Jim Caviezel on being Catholic in Hollywood, St. John Paul II, Mel Gibson, and adopting children | CNA | "For me, the Catholic Mass is the source of constant empowerment. That’s where I can meet Jesus."

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