Religion

Reclaiming our Roman Catholic Birthright

Author: Peter Kwasniewski

Publisher: Angelico Press

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Category: Religion

Page: 388

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At the crest of volatile years of experimentation, a new rite of Mass was introduced in 1969—no mere cosmetic treatment but a radical reconstruction of the Church’s central act of worship. A minority of the faithful continued to hold fast to the traditional rite, which John Paul II and Benedict XVI gradually freed from restrictions. The steady growth of this “traditionalist” movement inevitably prompts questions in the minds of more and more people. What is it that Catholic laity, clergy, and religious are discovering and falling in love with? Could you—should you—be among them? In this engaging book, Peter Kwasniewski draws on decades of experience and, presuming no specialized knowledge, explains why the traditional Mass operates the way it does, what its distinctive features and benefits are, and how it still captures hearts with a beauty deeply rooted and perennially green. Every reader—whether already a lover of the Mass of Ages or a complete newbie, whether committed or curious, perplexed or skeptical, sitting on the fence or bouncing back and forth between old and new—will find life-changing insights in these pages.
Religion

The Holy Bread of Eternal Life

Author: Peter Kwasniewski

Publisher: Sophia Institute Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Recent decades have been marred by pervasive Eucharistic abuse, from violations of liturgical norms and rubrics to practices that encourage irreverence and facilitate habitual sacrilege. The coronavirus crisis in 2020 has occasioned a further wave of sacramental manipulation, desacralization, and deprivation that has left almost no Catholic in the world unharmed. These disturbing “signs of the times” call for an unsparing reassessment of official and unofficial policies, practices, customs, and attitudes, along with fresh appreciation for “creative minorities” that are taking a different, more difficult, and more successful path to reverence. The Holy Bread of Eternal Life is a powerful and timely book by scholar Peter Kwasniewski that exalts the divine gift of the Blessed Sacrament, which can never be too much adored, too much loved, too much cared for, or too much sacrificed for. Drawing on both Testaments, the Fathers of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Magisterium, Kwasniewski describes the fitting veneration and handling of this “mystery of faith” past and present, the dispositions we need to cultivate for a fruitful reception of the Lord, and the blessings that follow from a life centered on Holy Communion. At the same time, the book critiques many novelties in modern Catholic worship and shows why they must be set aside for the health of souls and the Church. There is far more at stake in today’s debates concerning Holy Communion than what preferences should be indulged or slip-ups tolerated. At stake is whether we truly believe in Jesus Christ, our God, our Savior, our Friend, and our Judge, really present in the Eucharist; whether we acknowledge and accept His lordship over us in every aspect of what we do and say; and whether we will act, react, worship, and pray in a manner consistent with true belief.
Religion

Deadly Indifference

Author: Eric Sammons

Publisher: Sophia Institute Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Religious indifference—the belief that all religions are equally valid and able to lead people to salvation—has rapidly gained global ascendency over the last five decades. It’s even infected the Catholic Church, wreaking havoc on her mission to the world. Why is indifference deadly to Catholicism? Because it turns Catholicism into “just another religion,” neuters the Church’s role as our path to salvation and converts the parish into little more than a social gathering place. The result? Former Catholics now constitute the second largest “religion” in America. Seventy percent of Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist—and even higher percentages reject the Church’s moral teachings. Mass attendance is in freefall, and even the most basic habits of Sunday-going Catholics, such as regular Confession, have been lost. Eric Sammons, a former diocesan director of evangelization and now the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine, pulls the curtain back on the rise of religious indifference, uncovering a wealth of fascinating particulars about what made the “old” Church work, and what is causing the “new” to collapse. He identifies the most damaging distortions of the Faith, presented as progress, and explains why Church leaders felt compelled to upend traditional Catholic life. In captivating detail, Sammons explores why the New Evangelization was destined to fail and explains how the decision to de-emphasize the Church’s exclusive role in the process of salvation inevitably led to mass abandonment of the sacraments. He identifies how certain teachings were ignored or toned down—leading to their sudden collapse—and how progressives elevated ecumenism over evangelization and supplanted proclamation of the Gospel with “dialogue.” Deadly Indifference is both a vital examination of the current crisis facing the Church and a blueprint for how to overcome it. Let’s recover what was lost and return the Church to its unique rank as the light in a darkened world.
Religion

Reclaiming Your Divine Birthright

Author: Bishop Kwabena Rainey Cheeks

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 180

View: 844

Reclaiming Your Divine Birthright serves as a guide for all who seek the kingdom of God within their own hearts. It draws upon the insight that when God blew into Adam the breath of life, he gave people his kingdom as their divine birthright. Bishop Kwabena A. Rainier Cheeks takes readers on a journey through the life of Jesus from his birth through his transfiguration. He shows how to apply to one’s own life the spiritual truths revealed in Jesus’s life. The approach of Reclaiming Your Divine Birthright encompasses four parts: setting a foundation of understanding the nature of spiritual truth; beginning the journey to the kingdom of God; appreciating the reality of Jesus’s life; and exploring the stages of enlightenment. You may feel in your heart a yearning to know the deep truths of life, an attraction to exploring the life of Jesus as a way to gain personal insight, and a calling to reach out and to grasp the fruit of knowledge God has promised you. If you have these feelings, then Reclaiming Your Divine Birthright will give you the guidance, rooted in an exploration of the Bible’s witness and God’s revelation of his kingdom, for discovering the kingdom of God in your own heart.
Literary Collections

A Stanley Burnshaw Reader

Author: Stanley Burnshaw

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN:

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

View: 910

A Stanley Burnshaw Reader brings together selections from the major works of poetry and prose that have distinguished Burnshaw as one of the most important voices in twentieth-century letters. Included are essays from Burnshaw's two pioneering critical works: The Seamless Web, praised by the New York Times Book Review as “a defense of poetry that removes it from the realm of man's spiritual luxuries and places it preeminently among his instruments of survival”, and The Poem Itself, a book that deals with forty-five poets of the last century in an entirely novel way which, as Lionel Trilling observed, “allows the Englishspeaking reader an unprecedented intimacy with poems in the original tongues.” Along with a generous excerpt from Robert Frost Himself, this volume offers a representative selection of Burnshaw's poetry and his translations of other poets' work. A Stanley Burnshaw Reader affords those unfamiliar with Burnshaw an ideal introduction to his work. At the same time, readers who know his writings will discover new insights into his long and distinguished career.

The Denied Children of God

Author: James P. L. Wilson

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 591

View: 924

The Denied Children of God is indeed a one of a kind, absolutley groundbreaking literary offering revealing the true meaning of what it means to be Gay. It is an absolute read for anyone wishing to wake up from a fifteen hundred year old spiritual coma. Whether "straight" or "gay" you cannot read The Denied Children of God and come away unchanged. It is indeed a divinely inspired offering representing the author's life work.Sorry about the cost. On a POD this is merely the cost of production.
Religion

Tuning the Rig

Author: Fred Herron

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 260

View: 767

This book focuses on issues closely pertaining to Catholic schools to the larger questions of the Catholic imagination. The underlying thread, however, is the challenge of maintaining the richness of the Catholic imagination — of tuning the rig — in changing times and the ordinary life of the church.