Though my novitiate still technically has two weeks left, tomorrow we move most of our stuff to Chicago, where we will be starting graduate school in the fall… I’ve kept this list up throughout the year with both serious and goofy books, it’s pretty amazing to think that I’ve had the free time to read all these things (plus a few other things I may have forgotten to write down… anyways here is the list (in order read). Bolded are favorites.
1. The Dumb Ox, GK Chesterton
2. Nobrow, John Seabrook
3. The Everlasting Man, GK Chesterton
4. The Spirit of the Liturgy, Cardinal Ratzinger
5. Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis (even though we all know Pope Benedict wrote it)
6. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thorton Wilder
7. Napoleon, Hillaire Belloc
8. Rise, Let us be on Our Way, St. Pope John Paul II
9. Priests for the Third Millennium, Timothy Dolan (as bishop in St. Louis)
10. The Augustinians: Origins and Spirituality, Luis Martin, OSA
11. Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI
12. Libertas, Pope Leo XIII
13. Quadragismo Anno, Pope Pius XI
14. Illustrisimi, Pope John Paul I
15. Sollicitudo Rei Solcialis, St. Pope John Paul II
16. Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII
17. Pacem en Terris, St. Pope John XXIII
18. Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis
19. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, JR Tolkien
20. Mother of God, Similar to Fire (book of icons)
21. Advent with the Church Fathers, Cardinal Ratzinger
22. Fathers of the Church on Mary
23. Prayer and St. Augustine, Gervase Corcoran, OSA
24. The Best American Short Stories, 2000
25. Commentary on the Rule of St. Augustine, Van Bavel, OSA
26. Prayer, Abhishiktananda
27. City of God, St. Augustine
28. The Pelican, Siegfried Back, OSA
29. These are the Sacraments, Ven. Fulton Sheen
30. Advent Sermons, St. Thomas of Villanova
31. The True Priest, Cardinal Pellegrino
32. Augustine Day by Day, Donald Burt, OSA
33. Redemptor Hominis, St. Pope John Paul II
34. Days of Devotion, St. Pope John XXIII
35. The Bells of Nagasaki, Nagai
36. The Story of a Soul, Ste. Therese of Lisieux
37. All Documents of the Second Vatican Council
38. Completed Works, St. John of the Cross
39. The Cloud of Unknowning, Unknown Author
40. A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II, Edward Hahnenberg
41. By Cross and By Anchor: the Story of Fr. Baraga, James Jamison
42. St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Michael Digregorio, OSA
43. Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience, Diarmuid O’Murchu
44. The Game From Where I Stand, Doug Glanville
45. Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitors Guide, Lawrence Cuningham
46. The Violence of Love, Oscar Romero
47. When the Trees Say Nothing, Thomas Merton
48. Crossing the Desert, Robert Wicks
49. The Silent Life, Thomas Merton
50. Trent: What Happened at the Council, O’Malley
51. Eternal Galilean, Ven. Fulton Sheen
52. Letters to My Brothers, Fr. Rosetti
53. Pure Drivel, Steve Martin
54. Don’t Stand Next to a Naked Man, Tim Allen
55. Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen
56. The Gift of Peace, Cardinal Bernardin
57. Place of Peace and Paradox, Dianne Aprile
58. Confessions, St. Augustine (O’Rourke translation 2014)
There is no force in the universe strong enough to make me see “Sex Tape” coming out in theaters. What a vile and crass topic for a film. I hope it flops as hard as “Zach and Miri”.
Our society believes in weddings but not marriages, and it believes in physical intimacy (with the interference of artificial methods) without the bearing of heart, mind, soul, and body one to another.
May the true artists and cinematographers of the world rise up and create beautiful works of art, and may we change the world through true beauty.
As the deadlocked jury was dismissed in the trial of Delaware resident Michael W. Rogers, at least half of them favored the defendant with a smile. Perhaps the prosecution hadn’t been sufficiently diligent in their efforts to purge the jury pool of decent and conscientious people. Another possibility is that half or more of the panel rebelled against the indecency of trying to imprison a 53-year-old man for the supposed offense of surviving a police officer’s attempt to murder him.
Kelly Carson, writing for Watchdog.org here, praises the leader of Oklahoma County’s group health plan (Jon Wilkerson) for the success of their arrangement with our facility. I thought it might be informative to summarize the nature of our “arrangement” with Oklahoma County. Ready? We provided a…
This is all wrong. Internships are a great way to network, get experience, and build skills in a field you’re interested in.
I interned at an internet radio station with a local paper for six months and it was awesome. I learns all kinds of skills. I told them I was getting credit (which for them was a requirement) but I wasn’t because I didn’t care about the credit and the credit wouldn’t have gone towards my major. I did it because I loved it and it was a great experience.
So many people have gotten their start by forcing their way into businesses asking for a job, being told there isn’t one and saying “This is my dream job, I’ll work for free!” No, it doesn’t pay the bills. You’ll have to work other jobs (like I did) to do that. No, this doesn’t oppress you. Yes, you’ll learn a tremendous amount. Yes, you’ll be able to put the experience on your resume. Yes, you might get a real job if they like you… Or not. That’s not the point.
None of this is oppression.
Some people are so entitled and think the world has to be handed to them on a silver plater. The reality is most people had to work VERY hard to get where they wanted to be. They made the sacrifices. They worked more than 40 hours and multiple jobs to make ends meet and chase their dream. Nothing wrong in that.
What is wrong is asking for laws that render internships as meaningless coffee fetching jobs because interns “can’t do the work of a worker” which is STUPID. All this does is force companies to offer meaningless unpaid internships that get snapped up by people who get little out of it and complain about how the world is oppressing them. Grow up.
“We, the women and men of the Church are in the middle of a love story. Every one of us, is a ring in this love chain. If we don’t understand this, we haven’t yet understood what the Church is about.”—Pope Francis (via catholichero)
“A central premise of US media coverage of the Israeli attack on Gaza - beyond the claim that Israel is justifiably “defending itself” - is that this is some endless conflict between two foreign entitles, and Americans can simply sit by helplessly and lament the tragedy of it all. The reality is precisely the opposite: Israeli aggression is possible only because of direct, affirmative, unstinting US diplomatic, financial and military support for Israel and everything it does. This self-flattering depiction of the US as uninvolved, neutral party is the worst media fiction since TV news personalities covered the Arab Spring by pretending that the US is and long has been on the side of the heroic democratic protesters, rather than the key force that spent decades propping up the tyrannies they were fighting.”—Glenn Greenwald, "Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault of Gaza" (2012)