Book of the Month, Feb 2021 – It Is Right and Just – Part 3

+JMJ+ Today is the last Monday in February and so this is Part 3 of our first Catholic Book of the MonthIt Is Right and Just, by Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley. It’s also the last post for this book (in this series, anyway). Next Monday is the first Monday of the month, so it will be time for another post in the Re-Reading the New Age series. Let’s get to it. Notes and links will be at the end of the post.

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Book of the Month, Feb 2021 – It Is Right and Just – Part 2

+JMJ+ Welcome to the second episode (I like the way that sounds!) of our first Catholic Book of the Month series, featuring It Is Right and Just, by Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley. It was written for just such a time as this. I sensed that it was going to be an important book when I was poring over the sample I downloaded, but as I began reading the book this weekend, I realized it’s even more timely and important than I thought, making it the perfect choice for our first Book of the Month. If you haven’t read last week’s post about it yet, you may want to check that out, especially for the two videos included in it, interviews with Scott Hahn about the book. There will be notes and links at the end of this post.

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Book of the Month, Feb 2021 – It Is Right and Just

+JMJ+ Sometime around 2008 I was searching for a book in a local Barnes & Noble. (Wow, that seems like a lifetime ago now.) The author I was looking for was Plato, the book, The Republic. Another customer standing nearby asked me what I was looking for and for which class did I have to read it. I told him I’m a Catholic and read somewhere that Plato saw religion as a public, not private, thing and necessary for society. Turns out this customer was a teacher of philosophy at a nearby college (Baptist, I think) and he offered to help me choose a good translation because he, too, thought I should read it.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 37 – Communication

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 37 of our weekly series on the soul. This will likely be the last post in our exploration of the soul according to Cardinal Lépicier’s book, The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism, which you can get as a free PDF in the Notes and Links section at the end of this post. This week, we’re beginning on page 131, Whether Spiritistic Manifestations can be attributed to Departed Souls.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 35 – What the Soul Knows After Death

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 35 of our weekly series on the soul. Our text is The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism by A. H. M. Cardinal Lépicier, and we’re currently reading chapter 2, section 2: The Knowledge of the Departed Human Soul. We’re talking about the Catholic teaching on these things and not about soul sleep (a belief of some of our separated brethren) and not about raising the spirits of the dead (which would be necromancy and was condemned by the Church from earliest times, as it is in the Bible). We are talking about how the human soul lives on even after the body dies. One day the soul and the body will be reunited at the resurrection, and, specifically in this post, about the soul and its knowledge after separation from the body, after the death of the body. Notes and links will be at the end of this post.

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On seeing some tapestries

+JMJ+ I had already writing a post for tonight when I saw a video that led me to lay that other one aside and do this one instead. Back in February of this year (2020 for those reading this who-knows-when), the world celebrated the 500th Anniversary of Raphael’s death with a rare showing his tapestries.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 32 – After Death

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+JMJ+ Welcome to part 32 of our weekly series on the soul. There’s more about the angels in the first chapter of The Unseen World, but I’m jumping ahead to dive into chapter two, “The Human Soul After Death.” A link to a free PDF copy of the book will be at the end of this post, along with other notes and links.

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Re-Reading the New Age, Part 1: Education, Bailey-Style

+JMJ+ In keeping with my new old schedule—On the Soul series Thursday, various and sundry on Monday—I’ll be posting my re-read of New Age books series here on Mondays. (Maybe I should subtitle it: If I’d only known then what I know now. And just so you know, this spot won’t be taken up completely with warnings about the New Age. I do post about other stuff, too. I already have some other post ideas that I’ve been meaning to work on.) As usual, notes and links are at the end of this post.

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One World, One What?

Update, July 8, 2020: I’ve been wrestling with the PDF of a book listed in the notes section at the end of this post. (I finally solved the problem, or at least figured out what the problem was. Go to the notes to read more.)

Peace, Love, and Unity, isn’t that what the One World, One Religion movement is really all about? Not exactly.

Oh, the messes I got myself into back when I was a New Ager. I can still see myself arguing with my Grandmother. “But aren’t all religions the same? Aren’t they just so many different paths up the same mountain?” My Grandmother didn’t know about the New Age (other than that the True New Age began with Christ and will end when the world ends, but I didn’t know or believe that then). 

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“The Bible and the Virgin Mary” Giveaway

'The Madonna' by Giovanni Battista Salvi, called Sassoferrato

+JMJ+ (Note: Form is working now.) A short post tonight as I’m fighting off a cold and all I want to do is drink anotha cuppa and curl up with Miss Lucy Dawg under my trusty warm blanket with dawggies on it. Dawggies in Christmas sweaters and other wintery attire, I should say. (Everything’s better with dawggies, don’t ya know, even colds.) Today is the last Monday in May and my last post about the Blessed Virgin Mary for May, too. So I wanted to do something special. And here it is:

I’m going to give away my DVD set of the St. Paul Center’s The Bible and the Virgin Mary. It’s an open box and I already ripped it to an external drive, so it’s been in the optical drive of my Mac mini once and is in excellent condition, both the DVDs and the box they’re in are like new. Below is a video sample of lesson one to give you an idea of what the series is like. 

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Some news about the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible

I have some guardedly* good news about the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible to share with you. I was watching a Scott Hahn video (see below) the other night, and in the opening minutes he mentioned that the ICSB Old Testament would be finished the next week (the video was dated September 2019 on YouTube), and sent off to the publisher. Publication would depend on the speed of the editorial process, but probably late 2020 or sometime in 2021. Well, I’ve heard various dates given before but this is the first time I’ve heard Dr. Hahn himself give such an update and the first time he’s said “It is finished,” regarding that series that has taken a legendarily long time to complete.

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Weekly series on the soul, Part 8

This better be Plato.
Plato used stories to communicate truth to his reader or listener at a deep level. (Even if his dialogues were conspicuously one-sided.)

Welcome to part 8 of our weekly series on the soul. We’ve been listening to Thomas Mirus interviewing James Matthew Wilson about his book, The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness and Beauty in the Western Tradition, part 6 and part 7 of our series. This week the podcast is subtitled Reason With Stories, Philosophize With Your Life and will be the end of the Wilson interviews, but our series on the soul will continue. I’ve already got some other texts, videos, etc, lined up for us. 

Now I’ve got some snacks and a fresh cup of hot tea. Yes, here in the American South one does have to specify. Joanna Bogle made fun of me for doing that when we spoke once for a few minutes in the parking lot at EWTN. She is so charming and fun. I was already a fan and after that, even more so. But I digress. (Mom, stop with the name-dropping already!) (I’m not name-dropping, Miss Lucy Dawg. Okay, I am, but—) (Mom!) (Okay, okay! Sheesh, everybody’s a critic.) Here we go. Notes and links at the end of this post.

Modernity elevated pure, abstract reasoning as the only way to know about reality. Reason having disenchanted everything else, modernity then became disenchanted with reason. The ascendancy of reason over superstitious myths was viewed by the postmodernists as just another myth to be exposed. — Catholic Culture Podcast, ep 65, Vision of the Soul

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