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John Senior’s list of 1,000 Good Books

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Dec 292017
 

One Thousand Good Books that Everyone Should Read in their Lifetimes (Cultural & Intellectual Bucket List).

College is the place for GREAT Books, K-12 (& adulthood) is the place for GOOD Books.

Students who don’t study, first, the book of nature, and the good books, no matter how smart, will revert to a Cliff Notes interpretation of the arts & letters of Western Civilization.

Dr. James Taylor on the topic of using the Good Books and the Great Books as part of teaching literature (Circe Institute, 2003, 56 minutes)

Propaedeutics or propedeutics is an historical term for an introductory course into a discipline, that is an art, or science.
Trivium - grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Quadrivium - arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy.

The favorite song of these boys who’d been roughing it…by the end of camp…was a very melancholy Irish song….
(Margaret Berry, The Flower of Sweet Strabane – If I was king of Erin’s isle…)

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Fr. James Schall’s Books Worth Reading

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Jan 052018
 

Christian Knights Participate in the Liturgy Most by Devout Reception of Holy Communion

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Dec 242017
 

A Catholic Knight:
A Gentleman – A Man

  • Who is Mature and Pious.
  • Who is Willing to Make Sacrifices.
  • Who is Courageous in the Face of Challenges and of evil.
  • Who is Loyal to Those to Whom He Owes Services and Debts, and
  • Who Would Rather Die Than Sin.
     
  • He is Aware of a Hierarchy of Loves in His Life
  • He strives always to keep his Divine Captain and his King on the throne of his heart, and
  • He is willing to take on every task that his Lord sets him to.


  • Seek Justice.
  • Love Mercy.
  • Walk Humbly with your God.

Instruction on Sacred Music (“De Musica Sacra”) • Issued by Pope Pius XII in 1958

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – Fr. Z’s Blog
Fr. Z – “Joe Bag of Donuts”

Address to Conference for Clarity on The Dubia

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Apr 252017
 

The Roots of the Present Crisis

Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian thought and holder of the Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies at McGill University, Montreal; given in Rome, on April 22, 2017

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It is not too much to speak of a crisis in the Church today, a crisis in several dimensions. There is a crisis of morality. There is a crisis of doctrine. There is a crisis of authority. There is a crisis of unity.

True, such crises are more common than some like to think. Perhaps the closest analog, however, comes from the sixteenth century. Half a millennium ago, the fathers of Trent had to defend the sacraments governing confession, communion, and conjugality from coordinated, if somewhat chaotic, attacks. The same three sacraments are threatened again today. They had to defend the Church’s unity and authority against the Protestant principle – against the inevitably divisive claim that the meaning of holy scripture could be determined independently of tradition and without accountability before the entire Church. That too is necessary today. They had to weed out persistent abuses both in the sacramental life and in the governance of the Church, while striving to recover a unified vision of Christian existence in which justification and sanctification, freedom and obedience, hold together. This also is urgently required in our own time. Continue reading »

Welcome to Fr. Stanley Poltorak

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Jul 182016
 

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From the Grand Knight

I would like to first of all, take this opportunity again Father Stanley to welcome you to Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (PBVM).  I have no doubt that you are going to bring the parish great Administrative and Spiritual Leadership.  I, the Knights of Columbus, and the Squires Circle look forward to being able to work with you, to work for you, as we work towards meeting the same goals, challenges and objectives for  and with the parishioners of our fine parish here at PBVM.  Father Michael J McGivney’s had four Principles for the Knights of Columbus, Charity, Unity, Fraternalism and Patriotism … so with you, the parishioners, the children of PBVM school, the staff of the church and the school, the many ministries of the church, the Knights of Columbus and the Squires, may we all continue to strive to build our faith based around these and have collaborative partnerships focusing around these four pillars of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

I would also like to say Thank you to Father Stanley for excepting the offer of becoming our Chaplain of the PBVM Council 15693 and the Squires Circle.  We look forward to having you as our Chaplain.  We look forward to your spiritual leadership, your advisement, your faith and to work with you as we continue to strengthen the faith of all here at PBVM.

Deacon Lawrence, I also say Thank you to you for excepting the offer to assist Father Stanley  with becoming our Spiritual Advisor, to help lead our great Council and Squires with our faith and spiritual needs.  Between both of you, I am sure that the Spiritual Leadership will far exceed our expectations.

I will remind both of you that the Council meetings are the second Tuesday of each month, starting at 7 pm.  The Squires Circle meeting have been meeting once a month in the middle of the month, but SK Miguel Acosta has informed me that this might be changing, so there will be more information to follow on this once a change has been made.  The Squires are planning their next investiture for August 14, to bring in new members.

Vivat Jesus

In Mary’s name we pray

SK Richard Westerfeld
Grand Knight
PBVM Council 15693

Our Independence is rooted in our Dependence on God

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Jul 042016
 

Independence Day Homily

We join with the rest of our brothers and sisters (over 300 Million) in celebrating Independence Day. I am happy and thankful that you come here today to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with us as we give praise and thanks God for the gift of freedom, freedom not just from foreign control but also freedom from sin.

The fourth of July is a day of parades, political speeches, fireworks and back yard barbecues, etc. But most of all it is a day of celebrating our Independence; an independence which was won and is maintained by the sacrifice of many lives. We are celebrating an Independence that is not absolute. Adam, the first man, thought that he had Absolute Independence and we are still suffering from the effects of it. Only God has Absolute Independence.

Our Independence is rooted in our Dependence on God. We are contingent, dependent beings. An independent creature is an intrinsic impossibility.

Our Independence is rooted in our Dependence on God. We are contingent, dependent beings. An independent creature is an intrinsic impossibility. Not even God can create an intrinsic impossibility. God can create a square and God can create a circle but not even God can create a squared circle. It is an intrinsic impossibility. That is why the First Commandment is also the greatest Commandment (You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind). Only if we are completely dependent on God we can enjoy freedom. Either we are dependent on God or we will be dependent on some creatures. Continue reading »

The Persecution of Christians: the Blood of Abel

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Jul 022016
 

Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, Diocese of Patterson

The city of Damascus in Syria claims the title of being the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. The Hyksos, the Aramaeans, the Assyrians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Muslims, the Mamelukes, the Ottomans and the French have all left their imprint on this ancient city. Today, in the midst of a protracted civil war in Syria, its citizens cling to their normal routine in the shadow of Roman ruins and along the alleyways of the souks.

For Christians, the very name “Damascus” conjures up the memory of the conversion of St. Paul. On his way to this city to persecute Christians, the Risen Lord appeared to Paul. How appropriate that this same city would recently host the leading patriarchs of the Middle East who wished to face head on today’s brutal persecution of Christians. Continue reading »


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