domingo, 20 de diciembre de 2015

"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." - G.K. Chesterton

CERC Weekly Update

New Resources

  • An Advent Meditation - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman - from Parochial and Plain Sermons - Men sometimes ask, Why need they profess religion? Why need they go to church?
  • The grittiness of Christian faith - George Weigel - The Catholic Difference - Christianity began, not with a pious story or "narrative," but with the reality of transformed lives.
  • Why don't Catholics read the Bible? - Father Dwight Longenecker - Crux - The independent fundamentalist church I went to as a boy gave me a fantastic amount of Bible knowledge.
  • Christ in the Clutter: Notre Dame Then and Now - Brad Miner - The Catholic Thing - Watching the spillover crowd in Notre Dame de Paris at the Sunday evening vigil for the victims of the terrorist attack was a moving experience.
  • The birthday of a spiritual master - Bishop Robert Barron - Word on Fire - This year marks the 750th anniversary of the birth of the great Catholic poet Dante Alighieri.

Editorials of Interest

  • A new door opens - Catholic Herald - Mercy is absolutely at the heart of the Catholic faith, both doctrine and practice.
  • How to Make the Most of a Year Rich in Mercy - NC Register - God's own mercy offers the template for true compassion. Jesus didn't eradicate the problem of suffering. Rather, he accompanies the Father's sons and daughters in this vale of tears.
  • Why a Jubilee Year of Mercy? - Catholic Preaching - Pope Francis says we are living in a "kairos of mercy," a special time in which mercy is needed. He has given Pope St. John Paul II credit for this intuition: he believed it was a special time of mercy because he thought that one of the greatest crises the human race faces is unexpiated guilt.
  • Marriage is disappearing in Italy - CNA - Italy is facing a swift and dramatic collapse of the institution of marriage, according to a prominent Italian demographer and statistician.
  • Is Barack Obama Qualified To Identify True Islam? - The Federalist - Liberals have long argued that religion can be irrational and downright dangerous. They are right. But when it comes to a modern case in point, radical Islam, they don't seem able to admit that the violence could have anything to do with religion.
  • What We Fear When We Fear Terrorism - NY Times - Terrorist conspiracies might really deserve greater scrutiny, greater anxiety, greater fear: whatever the body count involved, by its very nature a terrorist group doesn't only threaten individual lives. It also challenges the government's monopoly on organized force, which is the state's most basic (at least in social-contract theory) claim and guarantee.
  • An Open Letter to Millenials About the Insanity of Marriage - UnTangled - Dear Millenials, many people are pessimistic about your generation. I'm not. In fact, I'm quite optimistic, because I believe you care more about the human race and the survival of our planet than any other generation before.
  • Breathing Again, Thanks To Walker Percy - The Catholic Thing - Why do I say Percy helps you to breathe again? Because he gets us out of the intellectual smog that tries to deny that things are really bad in America. This also helps you to again see the world as it really is.
  • On Solitude and Loneliness - The Suburban Hermit - The hermit is a living witness that the follower of Jesus Christ need never be lonely. We may be solitary, but we do not need to be lonely. We can move out of loneliness by developing a life of prayer through which we learn that "He who has God is lacking in nothing.

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