It’s not hard to figure out that I love books, and reading. When I came upon this list in my weekly blog reading, I had to save for our Saturday review and share with you! The Image Top 25 Contemporary Writers of Faith List Which ones should we add to the list for reflection, dear friends?
I love, love, love Fr. Robert Barron. He is the man behind the Catholicism Series, and now the New Evangelization Series both on DVD (and run on EWTN – I have my DVR set to record everyone and watch them all the time!) We are also using the first series in the RCIA class I assist with. Here is a piece Fr. Barron wrote for the blog on his website wordonfire.org, but I read this by way of strangenotions.com RSS feed. Notice I’ve dropped a few links here – check them all out! You won’t be sorry. Back to the article Fr. Barron wrote, it is a reflection on the piece in “Newsweek” titled: Christianity in Crisis by Andrew Sullivan. Basically he is writing of Jesus without the miracles and how that way of looking at Christianity “benevolent code of morals”. Fr. Barron has a lot to say on that front (as you can imagine):
It is precisely the bland and harmless version of Christianity with which the regnant culture is comfortable. Go back to Peter’s sermon for a moment. “You killed him,” said the chief of Jesus’ disciples. The “you” here includes the power structures of the time, both Jewish and Roman, which depended for their endurance in power on their ability to frighten their subjects through threats of lethal punishment. “But God raised him.” The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the clearest affirmation possible that God is more powerful than the corrupt and violent authorities that govern the world—which is precisely why the tyrants have always been terrified of it.
I find it interesting that the “Newsweek” article was written in April 2, 2012 and Fr. Barron’s unpacking of this article came just 7 days later. I wonder what Mr. Sullivan would have to say about Christianity and it’s “Crisis” now? What’s happened since then? I don’t know…this guy was elected Pope. 🙂
I also read this Jimmy Akin piece (can you tell that I enjoy his writing?) about whether Nancy Pelosi was excommunicated. The way Jimmy writes is very easy to grasp, understand and share! Has the Vatican Excommunicated Pelosi? (8 things to know and share)
Finally, I thought this was also a very, very good piece on women in the workplace, balancing motherhood and the role models we should look to. Any guesses? The women of the Bible of course! It’s Not Career Versus Family Anymore by Christina M. Weber
And last, but certainly NOT least, something from Pope Francis. I get the RSS Feed from the News.va website. Do you? The homily from the mass on Thursday was, for me, especially touching. Pope Francis at Thursday Mass: the languages of knowing Jesus
Just a portion, because it is just that great:
Pope Francis focused on the question that Herod posed about Jesus – a question that all those who encounter Jesus eventually ask. The Pope said that the question is one, which, “one can ask out of curiosity,” or “that one might ask for safety.” He noted that, reading the Gospel, we see that “some people begin to feel afraid of this man, because he could have led them to a political conflict with the Romans.” One wonders, “Who is this man, who makes so many problems?” Because, the Pope said, “Jesus [really does cause trouble]”:
“You cannot know Jesus without having problems. And I dare say, ‘But if you want to have a problem, go to the street to know Jesus – you’ll end up having not one, but many!’ But that is the way to get to know Jesus! You cannot know Jesus in first class! One gets to know Jesus in going out [into] every day [life]. You cannot get to know Jesus in peace and quiet, nor even in the library: Know Jesus.”
Have a Blessed weekend! I will see you Monday for another Catholic Women’s Almanac!