Late Fall Reading for November 2014

Book Review photos 11-28-14

Three Moments of the Day: Praying with the Heart of Jesus. Fr. Christopher S. Collins, SJ (Ave Maria Press: Notre Dame, Indiana, 2014) 160 pages. (Reviewed by Fr. Vincent L. Strand, SJ) Reading the New Testament: An Introduction, … [Read more...]

St. Alberto Hurtado: A Priest of Prayer and Action

Quinn photos 9-7-14

St. Alberto strove to see Christ in people he saw daily ... He sought to balance the spiritual life with the apostolate, realizing that action could be harmful if not united with God. The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes by Harold … [Read more...]

A God of Created Desires

God of Created Ideas collage

The Lord has given us desires, and wants to fulfill them, with his care, and with his peace; he wants us to flourish in knowing him, and directing all endeavors and expectations to him. St. Ignatius of Loyola knew, better than most, of … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

Mullady photos 3-19-14

Can you tell me the origin of the discipline of celibacy and why the Western Church puts so much emphasis on it? Has the Church changed its teaching on the subject of condom use to prevent the spread of the HIV virus?   Question: In … [Read more...]

Observations on “Ex Corde Ecclesiae” and Its Fitful Implementation

Cunningham photos 2-4-14

Ex Corde was promulgated in 1990, and its purpose was to lay out the general place and function of Catholic universities in the modern Church ... {providing}  a useful starting point for dialogues on Catholic identity. I suppose the … [Read more...]

Understanding Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium”

The three popes collage

Evangelii Gaudium is ostensibly the Pope’s response to the Synod last October ... but it is much more than a simple reporting on what happened there.  It is the outlining of the key themes Pope Francis hopes will constitute his … [Read more...]

Freedom in Our Souls

Phua photos 11-10-13

We cannot exercise freedom from inordinate attachments unless we have accepted the purifications which are necessary to be freed from our self-centered instincts. St. Augustine This is salvation: to live in the consolation of the Holy … [Read more...]

Jesuitizing the Church: Under Francis, Would That Be So Bad?

Knight photos2-9-25-13

Francis has made this strategy the most visible difference in the lifestyle he has adopted as Bishop of Rome ... rejecting ... the “riches and honors” that, over the centuries, have attached themselves to the papal office like barnacles … [Read more...]

Recovering the Christian Tradition: Self-denial & Self-fulfillment

st-mary-magdalene-and-christ-antonio-correggio collage

It is time now, on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, to focus the light on the recovery of the riches of the Christian message regarding self-fulfillment and self-denial ... to enrich the new culture with the old. Christ and the Woman … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

Mullady photos2-June 2013

Has the church changed her teaching on condom use to prevent the spread of HIV?  Can you tell me the origin of celibacy as a requirement for the priesthood  and why the Western Church puts so much emphasis on it? Question:  In … [Read more...]

Transformation into Christ through Loving Attention

Ven.Fr. Felix Rougier, M.SP.S. and seminarians

Forged by Ven. Father Felix Rougier, M.SP.S., during the crucible of the Mexican Revolution, the spiritual approach, Loving Attention, proved effective in forming priests “united in Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit." Oftentimes, … [Read more...]

NeverWinter Astral Diamonds