new catholic books 2020

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But: the more, the merrier. My mother-in-law lent me this amazingly perceptive philosophical indictment of modernity by this Notre Dame professor. A People’s Tragedy – Orlando Figes. Fr. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has been made and remade for the big and the small screen, and the Smiley books are genuinely great, taken all together. (My favorite book on this list.). Those who require received purpose from outside themselves are examples of the deformed ‘authoritarian personality.’”. Matthew C. MacDonald is parochial vicar at St. Mary’s Church in Washingtonville, New York. ed. The integrity of Western civilization has been under assault for a very long time now. Established in 1912, Our Sunday Visitor publishes Catholic … Few autobiographies rival this one in terms of humor. First, Trump has completely reoriented conservatism, with a greater emphasis upon American confidence, a moderate nationalism, and an end to military expeditions abroad that may hope to bring the dream of liberal democracy to the planet. I also love books. January 2020 brought great promise. Still good. Maciej Zieba’s Papal Economics offered outstanding insight into Catholic Social Teaching on democratic capitalism and Robert P. George’s Conscience and its Enemies reminded me of why the family and the free market hang together. Children of the Atom, Wilmar H. Shiras. The scientific maverick author searches for a common-sense realist solution to the problems of GR and QM. Around that time, Bishop Barron provided this sheltering-in-place suggestion: “Read the great books!” One of his favorites? I reread The 27th Kingdom, her Booker-prize nominated story of a thaumaturge in bohemian 1950s London. There are some lovable characters—most notably Gabriel and Dolly Varden among the main cast, and John Grueby from the bit players—but many of the central characters are underdrawn. On the other side, though Donald Trump opened doors for a Republican rethink, many of his actual achievements were, for good and ill, standard GOP fare. Yes, Heyer, who wrote in the 1930s and 40s,  is still being republished. catholic sunday and daily mass readings for 2021: catholic missal with the new order of mass and the principal celebrations of the liturgical year 2021 Catholic Lectionary Press 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 It is an important read for anyone seriously interested in learning about China, and is also an autobiography with snippets about childhood as the daughter of missionaries in the vanished world of the 1930s, about life in wartime Britain, and about the Church in the 1950s and 60s. That book has disappeared, but this one is just as frightening in a quietly menacing, elegantly worded way. He lives in Missouri. Thank you for your generosity! Carl R. Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution is erudite, bracing, perceptive, and yet remarkably calm. Simmons can be read very profitably together with Manent. What we learn is not that people lied and thus Iraqis died but something more tragic: men and women reasoned back from conclusions—e.g., Iraq is bad, Saddam is evil—and approached data with ideological blinders that created a perfect storm. Let’s pray that our bishops and priests don’t act upon any regulations that put our physical safety first, to the detriment of what really matters. Learn from McAfee how to live faithfully long after entering Catholicism. Donald Haggerty (Ignatius Press, 2020): Written by a priest to whom I owe much for his guidance, prayers, and support since I had him as a seminary professor. The religious order he founded to serve the newly emancipated slaves was eventually merged with the Spiritan Order, of which he is known as “the second founder.” His Rule has been hailed as a blueprint for modern missionary activity. Wodehouse’s writing feels like escapism because of his effortless, glistening prose, but actually is about some very profound matters concerning education, love, friendship, and the good life. Anthony Burgess described C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity as the book for those who want to believe but whose intellect gets in the way. After all, what he says of poor Castlereagh can be readily applied to our own political scoundrels: “Hearest thou the festival din/Of Death and Destruction and Sin / And Wealth crying ‘Havoc!’ within? And ‘progressive’ Christians are too often uncritical participants in this repudiation of our classical, Christian, and American inheritances. But the book, which may well be its author’s crowning achievement, is remarkable for its psychological insight and sensitivity. Deceptively simple and descriptively average, it has emotive power. Gracefully moved along with the help of interlocutors ranging from Augustine to Einstein to Dorothy Day, her argument is built on a basic (which means seldom recognized) truth: An authentically human education is an education that ultimately wants to know the truth about who we are and the world in which we live. For instance, the social and political structures are vastly changed from our own time, with an almost complete absence of any kind of religion—yet, he still gives us characters who operate from a basically 21st-century, bourgeois liberal moral framework. Speaking of the Brits, I absolutely loved Shakespeare the Papist by the late English Jesuit Fr. As Joshua Mitchell demonstrates in his remarkable new book American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time (Encounter Books, 2020), identity politics is informed by a dangerous Manicheanism that reduces some groups (white males, in particular) to the camp of transgression and ontological guilt, and others (blacks and the so-called LGBTQ++ “community”) to a realm of pure innocence, of victimhood bereft of moral agency and personal responsibility. So it’s not exactly escape literature. Should we use it? In the former category is John Bergsma’s, Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls; Revealing the Jewish Roots of Christianity. I met Amit Majmudar on Twitter, and have been reading and rereading What He Did in Solitary (we had some correspondence earlier in the year, and I had the fun of reading a wild, clever, as-yet-unpublished science fiction manuscript titled Zealots.) Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue. I read Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, Strong Poison, Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase, Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, and Busman’s Honeymoon. This man lived the things he writes about. Maybe, maybe not. Even in 2020, “All will be well.”, Joseph Martin is Associate Professor of Communication and Graphic Design at Montreat College. Sean Carroll. Chernow’s biography brought to life Grant’s personal character as well as his genius as a military strategist. The story is one that will stay with you. when he saw me reading this. Deville is associate professor and chairman of the Department of Theology-Philosophy, University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, Inidana). Hubert van Zeller, in his classic Approach to Monasticism, explains that there is no major difference between the man in the world, guided by grace who has to devise a technique of his own for searching after truth and the monk in a monastery, who is guided by the same grace as the man in the world and can make use of the particular way that his rule marks out for him. A surprise favorite. A war correspondent in Bosnia for Rolling Stone, Sullivan does a fine job presenting the Medjugorje apparitions within the context of the history of the Balkans – more synonymous with ethnic and religious bloodletting than perhaps any other region – starting with antiquity. Closing on one more musical note, props to veteran rocker Dion for an impossibly cheery “Hello Christmas,” and for enlisting Amy Grant to sing along for a matchup of two of my musical heroes. The Latin theological tradition has continued this academic tradition – to know the theology of the universal church is to know both the western and eastern Fathers. The Battle Between the Frogs and the Mice: A Tiny Homeric Epic, A.E. A Voyage to Arcturus, David Lindsay. The poetry of James Matthew Wilson in his volumes Some Permanent Things, The Hanging God, and River of the Immaculate Conception lay out the glory, the promise, and the disconnects of being modern, traditional, Catholic, and American. The Lost World of the Flood, Tremper Longman III, John A. Walton. In this book, he presents an unremittingly bleak view of the present age as a time in which believers have been deprived of all comfort from tradition, culture, and a settled position in society. Given COVID lockdown and a sabbatical, 2020 has been the best reading year I can remember. St. Gregory’s Prayer Book: A Primer of Catholic Devotions from the English Patrimony. Royal provides a measured assessment of the complexities of this topic and cuts through the sweeping and most popular indictments of Columbus and his legacy. Funeral arrangements for Fr. It is a pleasure to consider that there remain a few works by Charles Dickens that I can read for the first time. Evelyn Waugh’s Articles, Essays, and Reviews had both light and serious insights galore. The late, great William F. Buckley’s The Unmaking of a Mayor provided a nice follow-up, with excellent commentary on the state of pre-pre-pre-Giuliani Gotham. If you know Dreher, the recommendations are fairly predictable. I discovered that I still think Book I is dull, but the rest of it is gripping, especially Augustine’s decades-long battle with himself as God calls and he drags his feet in response. Ordinarily, I assign Albert Camus’s The Stranger in my introductory philosophy class, but this semester I substituted The Plague. The book can be a bit breezy and can lose the complexity of the phenomena it attempts to describe due to its compression and its middlebrow audience, but it is an indispensable book to grapple with in order to understand the currents shaping politics today. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee. Tolstoy’s treatment of grace, especially at the end of the novel, is not entirely unlike that of Evelyn Waugh in Brideshead Revisited. Al Capone hired them rather than fight them. Newman and Briel thought the most important part of undergraduate formation was literature. A new book out on August 4, The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates (Sophia Institute Press) by the National Catholic Register's longtime Rome correspondent Edward Pentin (you … (Are all readers plagued by book-stealing house elves?) The author tells his life’s story, from a nonbeliever raised behind the iron curtain, to a monk at the Pskov Caves Monastery, to a Metropolitan bishop, through chapter-by-chapter anecdotes about the many people God has placed in his path who he calls, “everyday saints.” Every chapter contains a captivating, good-hearted and poignant tale. The Mission of the Messiah: on the Gospel of Luke, Tim Gray. Western culture may be going to the dogs, but reading Esolen’s essays on the unreal, or indeed, surreal elements in our contemporary life, gives the reader hope that the spiritual reserves of Christian civilization have not yet been depleted. The best book I read in 2020 was Randall Sullivan’s The Miracle Detective: An Investigative Reporter Sets Out to Examine How the Catholic Church Investigates Holy Visions and Discovers His Own Faith, one of the great conversion narratives of our time. I realize we’re really not supposed to think good things about COVID, but endless reading, at least, has been a benefit of the year. You may click on “Your Choices” below to learn about and use cookie management tools to limit use of cookies when you visit NPR’s sites. Conor B. Dugan is a husband, father of four, and attorney who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (2000), and Roy Porter’s England in the Eighteenth Century (1994). John Hampsch, CMF (1925-2020) Vigil (livestreamed) Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 @ 4:30pm PT Funeral Mass (livestreamed) Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 @ 11:00am … In conformity with the Church's translation guidelines, the New Catholic Bible is intended to be used by Catholics for daily prayer and meditation, as well as private devotion and (...) $6.95. It has already won wide acclaim in Europe, and is sure to receive much more after it is translated into English and appears in the United States. Who would believe that a former political correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine would deliver one of the best, most honest books on media studies of the new century? So, my conclusion, after reading Chernow’s biography, is that Grant, though he was not perfect, was not only a great General, but that he is also one of America’s greatest presidents – a man of integrity and faith, who pursued justice and the wellbeing of all. Scruton’s second edition of his important critique of the New Left. Pertinent as ever. On the subject of Russia, this meticulously researched book tells the story of Russia’s disastrous Revolution, the intrigue at the Romanov court in the last desperate years before the tsar was deposed and murdered, the complex factors that led to both the 1905 and 1917 uprisings and the massive human cost of a regime that left millions dead. I love God. A close contender for my favorite book of the year. What’s past is present. What other place is so ordered as to directly serve God’s design for families to cultivate life? A Pope and a President by Paul Kengor was first. I finished it, mourned the fact that it was finished, then bought three copies as Christmas gifts. While I am at, let me make one more recommendation: 2020 marked the 50th year anniversary of the publication of God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics. Given all the bad news, we’ll need “good luck,” or beauty and grace. Herbert and Christina Rossetti next! My consternation at the Hagia Sophia’s change in status led to a collaboration I had with Darío Fernández-Morera, author of the The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain. After the remote experience brought my wife and me so close to their daily assignments, we decided to start up a family book club. New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy, by Robert J. 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