Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Silence and the Meaning of the Mass

Silence and the Meaning of the Mass | Bishop Robert Barron | I will confess that during many years as a priest, and now as a bishop, I have often wondered whether our hyper-stimulated congregations know exactly what they are participating in. .

On the Readings for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord | Carl E. Olson | The Ascension, as Benedict XVI explained, is both a going away and a coming.

Education in Chaste Love After Amoris Laetitia | Dr Peter Kahn | Does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of Pope Saint John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio that parents are the ones called to give their children a clear and delicate sex education?

"The Meeting Point" Sex-Ed Program: Pernicious? Problematic? Promising? | John S. Hamlon and Veronica Pintor | A review of the controversial program, which was introduced worldwide at World Youth Day in Krakow last summer,

Benedict XVI: "With Cardinal Sarah ... the liturgy is in good hands." | Carl E. Olson | A new essay by Benedict XVI will be included in future printings of Cardinal Sarah's recent book The Power of Silence.

How Are We To Live in This Broken World? | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | No one can live in God’s love, in His inner life, who does not want to be there. Such is our dignity that God only can accept us if we freely want to be there.

The Chesterton Option | Dale Ahlquist | The Incarnation is the center of reality. It is the truth that affects all other truths. We have to not be afraid of telling that truth. It's worth dying for. But more importantly, it's worth living for.

Rod Dreher's "Benedict Option" does not go far enough | Jerry Salyer | If we mean business when we talk about resisting assimilation, we must first summon the nerve to question the liberal secular order's most cherished dogmas, even at the risk of ostracism.

The Benedict Option offers realistic response to contemporary barbarism | Conor B. Dugan | Ultimately, Dreher is proposing that the Church return to her roots and give up worldliness so that she can more radically witness to and serve the world.

Legalism, Old and New | Russell Shaw | In recent decades we’ve seen a morality of adolescence that frequently involves acting out against authority and operating by impulse and feeling. It’s the flip side of childish morality.

How do we teach beauty? | Dale Ahlquist | Chesterton says, “Wherever men are happy, they will build beautiful things.” The modern world is ugly because we are unhappy.

Recent "Seeking Clarity" conference featured lay responses to "Amoris Laetitia, growing confusion | Alberto Carosa | The title of the conference was “Seeking Clarity”, echoing that of the four Cardinals’ dubia.

“Life is very complicated, and only God knows.” | Kelly Scott Franklin, Ph.D. | José Luis Olaizola's novel General Escobar’s War is a fictional memoir based on the true-life story of General Antonio Escobar Huertas.

Thomas Aquinas College announces new campus in Massachusetts | Paul Senz | After more than 40 years offering a liberal arts education in California, the Catholic school is set to expand to a second campus.

Tracey Rowland's Guide Through the Catholic Academic "Zoo" | Carl E. Olson | "Theology is important because it is all about reasoning about the highest things. It is the one thing a person doesn’t want to get wrong in life because it affects one’s eternal destiny."

Anthony Esolen's move is a reminder of what Catholic education should be about | Dr. Samuel Gregg | With Venezuela imploding, many wonder why Pope Francis seems slow to condemn a left-wing populist Latin American dictatorship that’s brutalizing the population of an overwhelmingly Catholic country.

Pope Francis and the Doctrinal Ideologues | Carl E. Olson | There is a reason the Creed is recited every Sunday. And to defend and hold to doctrine is not only not ideological, it is part and parcel of being a Christian.

A new Vatican birth control commission? | Russell Shaw | An imaginary, but not fanciful, sketch of what such a commission’s report to Pope Francis might say.

What Can Catholics and Protestants Learn From Each Other? | Paul Senz | Christ, says Peter Kreeft, "sees His beloved children fighting among themselves, and this causes Him far more agony than it causes us. His Mother too: mothers are especially sensitive to their children fighting."

Catholics in Communist Czechoslovakia: A Story of Persecution and Perseverance | Benjamin J. Vail | Reflections on living under communist rule and oppression for forty years—and what Catholics today can learn from those difficult times.

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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.

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.

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."

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."

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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