Books · Catholic Culture

This Week’s Read Aloud

This week we are reading a book by Raymond Arroyo! Yes, EWTN’s favorite news personality wrote a children’s fiction book and boy, is it a good one!

If my voice could hold out I’d read the whole thing in one fell swoop to the kids. There’s excitement, relics, mystery, battles,monsters, everything! Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls has us on the edge of the sofa and all the children, down to the youngest can’t wait to find out what happens next.

We also have in the house the second book in the series which was just recently released. Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders has gotten good reviews from our older children who couldn’t wait for the read aloud time. I’m very adamant that there are NO SPOILERS ALLOWED! I’m as into this book as everyone else!

If you have read either book in the series, let me know what you thought in the comment section. Happy Reading!!!

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Catholic Culture · Liturgical Year

Feast of the Annunciation: March 25

“At that time: the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the Virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought within herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David his father: and He shall reign in the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done because I know not man? And the angel answering, said unto her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God… And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word. ” (Luke chapter 1.)
           By these last words of thine, O Mary! Our happiness is secured. Thou consentest to the desire of heaven, and thy consent brings us our Savior. O Virgin-Mother! BLESSED AMONG WOMEN! We unite our thanks with the homage that is paid thee by the angels. By thee is our ruin repaired; in thee is our nature restored; for thou hast wrought the victory of man over satan! St. Bernard, in one of his homilies on this Gospel, thus speaks: ‘ rejoice, O thou father Adam! but thou, O mother eve, still more rejoice! You were our parents, but you were also our destroyers; and what is worse, you had wrought our destruction before you gave us birth. Both of you must be consoled in such a daughter as this: but thou. O Eve, who wast the first cause of our misfortune, and whose humiliation has descended upon all women, thou hast a special reason to rejoice in Mary. For the time has now come, when the humiliations taken away; neither can man any longer complain against the woman, as of old, when he foolishly sought to excuse himself, and cruelly put all blame on her, saying: “The woman whom thou gavest me, gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” Go, eve, to Mary; go mother, to thy daughter; let thy daughter take thy part, and free thee from thy disgrace, and reconcile thee to her father: for, if man fell by woman, he is raised up by a woman.
        ‘ What is this thou sayest , Adam? ” The woman, whom thou gavest me, gave me of the tree, and I did eat?” These are wicked words; far from effacing thy fault, they aggravate it. But divine Wisdom conquered thy wickedness, by finding in the treasury of His own inexhaustible mercy a motive for pardon, which He had in vain sought to elicit by questioning thee. In place of the woman, of whom thou complainest, He gives thee another: Eve was foolish. Mary is wise; Eve was proud, Mary is humble; Eve gave thee the tree of death, Mary will give thee of the Tree of Life; Eve offered thee a bitter and poisoned fruit, Mary will give thee the sweet Fruit she herself is to bring forth, the Fruit of everlasting life. Change, then, thy wicked excuse into an act of thanksgiving, and say: ” The Woman, whom thou hast given me, O Lord, hath given me of the Tree of life, and I have eaten thereof; and it is sweeter than honey to my mouth, for by it Thou hast given me life.”
The Liturgical Year: Abbot Gueranger, O.S.B. ( Lent)


Catholic Culture

Culture Wars

I ran across a great talk presented by Br. Andre Marie, M.I.C.M titled Controversial Considerations on Culture.   In it, Br. Andre distinguishes between high, low and bad culture.  He makes the point that if a soul cannot ‘detox’ and make a break with bad culture that it will be impossible to hold the Catholic Faith.  Why?  Because bad culture is at variance with Catholic morals, decency and a proper social order.  In short, bad culture is antithetical to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

A Counter-Culture (bad culture) is the dominant culture today.  It is no surprise that it openly attacks and mocks Our Lord, the Church and Christian beliefs and practices in general. As important as it is to hold fast to the Traditional Mass and Sacraments, it is perhaps equally as important to get the cultural element right in Catholic family life.  The burden is on we parents to read, understand, and make the necessary hard decisions to weed out the bad and replace it with the good (and we must replace and not just take away).  Bad culture is probably the greatest threat to children, a happy and godly life here on earth, and eternal happiness in heaven later.

Download and listen to this talk by clicking the link above.  It is only $3.00.