Posted by: frroberts | December 18, 2017

Recommended Books for Parents

Barbeau, Father of the Family.

Lovasik, Catholic Family Handbook.

Van Zeller, Holiness for Housewives.

Newland, How to Raise Good Catholic Children.

Newland, We and our Children.

Pierlot, A Mother’s Rule of Life.

Bennett, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse.

Bennett, The Temperament God Gave Your Kids.

Popcak, When Divorce is not an Option.

Popcak, Parenting with Grace.

Meeker, Boys Should be Boys.

Meeker, Strong Mothers, Strong Sons.

Meeker, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters.

Lovasik, The Hidden Power of Kindness.

Lovasik, Basic Book of Catholic Prayer.

Lovasik, Clean Love in Courtship.

Kheriaty, A Catholic Guide to Depression.

Weigel, Letters to a Young Catholic.

Lovasik, Church History.

Bennett, The Temperament God Gave You.

Posted by: frroberts | December 17, 2017

Misas en español

MISAS EN SAN PATRICIO (1204 N. Armstrong, Kokomo)

el 23 de diciembre hay misa a las 7:30 de la noche, con posadas después

el 24 de diciembre hay misa a las 9:00 de la noche

el 31 de diciembre hay misa a las 4:00

enero en adelante, misas son el segundo domingo del mes a las 4:00

Posted by: frroberts | December 17, 2017

Recommended Books for Children

Lovasik, Picture Book of Saints.

Lovasik, Book of Saints Gift Set.

Lovasik, New Catholic Picture Bible.

Lovasik, Going to Confession.

The Mass Illustrated for Children.

Bouetiez, Catholic Saints for Children.

Lefevbre, A Child’s Treasury of Bible Stories.

Tierney, A Little Book about Confession for Children.

Bible Stories for Little Children.

Dababie, A Missal for Little Ones.

Lovasik, The Mass for Children.

Amiot, The Catholic Bible for Children.

Posted by: frroberts | December 17, 2017

The Poison of Subjectivism

Posted by: frroberts | December 16, 2017

O Savior of the Nations, Come!

In Latin:

In English



Posted by: frroberts | December 16, 2017

What I am reading now

Dulles, Newman.

Newman, Apologia pro Vita Sua.

Newman,  An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine.

Newman, Parochial and Plain Sermons.

Wright, The Day the Revolution Began.

Posted by: frroberts | December 16, 2017

Bad News we need to face

General Social Survey (GSS)

Posted by: frroberts | December 15, 2017

Prayer Requests

Please pray for my father, who is in the hospital for an as yet undetermined episode.

I have two other intentions, one involving my own health as well.

Thank you!

Posted by: frroberts | December 15, 2017

Good Reads: Spirituality

Angelli, The Excellences of the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri.

Laird, Into the Silent Land.

Tugwell, Ways of Imperfection.

Pitre, Jesus the Bridegroom.

Corbon, The Wellspring of Worship.

Faber, The Spirit and Genius of Saint Philip Neri.

Dubay, Happy are You Poor.

A wonderfully challenging book on every Christian’s call to imitate the poverty of Jesus Christ.  The message of the book is not easy, even for those who are deeply committed to their faith.

Martin, Jesus: A Pilgrimage.

Nouwen, Life of the Beloved.

What is the essence of the Christian Gospel?  This question should be an easy one, but anyone who has attempted to explain the faith to a non-believer lacking a real acquaintance with Christianity usually discovers the biggest problem in explaining Christianity is where to start.  In our own spiritual lives, we often find that establishing a foundation for our spirituality is similarly difficult.  In this highly readable book Henri Nouwen attempts to provide a positive catechism for a modern agnostic skeptic.  In doing so, he reminds we who believe in Christ that the essence of the message of Jesus is love and grace.  Sadly, we often forget these two when we try to live our religion and replace them with a judgmental moralism.

Sarah, The Power of Silence.

Sheen, The Life of Christ.

Halik, Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty.

Keating, Addiction and Divine Therapy.

We live in an age of material prosperity and spiritual poverty.  Our temptation is to try to fill the God-sized whole in our hearts with material things.  At first, our attempts seem to work.  But with each successive attempt to find our ultimate happiness in something other than God, we find less and less of it.  The spiritual desperation that ensues often leads us to fill ourselves up with more and more of the created thing, even to the point of developing a mental obsession with it.  By this point, we are addicts.

This book details how to find freedom from our addictions and true happiness in living in God’s plan for our lives.

Bouyer, Introduction to the Spiritual Life.

Posted by: frroberts | December 14, 2017

Last Sunday and Immaculate Conception Homilies posted

Posted by: frroberts | December 14, 2017

Interesting video on Mt. Athos

Posted by: frroberts | December 13, 2017

Essential Books on Christian Apologetics

Ambrosio, When the Church was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers.

Congar, True and False Reform in the Church.

Davis, The First Seven Ecumenical Councils.

Hanson, The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God.

Jenkins, The Lost History of Christianity.

Law, When God Spoke Greek.

Pearce, Literary Converts.

Richard, The Spiritual Conquest of Mexico.

Wilken, The First Thousand Years.

Williams, Arius: Heresy and Tradition.

Posted by: frroberts | December 12, 2017

Good Books on Apologetics

Athanasius, On the Incarnation.

Budziszewski, What You Can’t Not Know.

Chaput, Strangers in a Strange Land

Remaining in the Truth in Christ.

Douthat, Bad Religion.

Eberstadt, It is Dangerous to Believe.

Longenecker, More Christianity.

This book is to Catholicism what Mere Christianity is to basic Christianity. Written by a Fundamentalist Evangelical turned Anglican priest turned Catholic priest, it is an excellent resource  for convinced Christians giving the Catholic Church a serious look.  While unapologetically Catholic, this work presents unique Catholic beliefs in an inviting way.  Also ideal for Catholics who struggle with certain aspects of Church teaching who want to learn more about their faith.

MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory.

Marshall, The Crucified Rabbi.

Marshall, The Catholic Perspective on Paul.

Marshall, The Eternal City.

Martin, Will Many be Saved?

Mohler, Symbolism.

Pitre, The Case for Jesus.

Schoeborn, Chance of Purpose?

Weigel, Evangelical Catholicism.

Wojtyla, Love and Responsibility.

Zmirak, The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Catechism.

The funniest spiritual book that I have ever read!  Zmirak tries to make the enemies of the faith look so absurd that a torrent of laughter discredits them.  A great confirmation gift.

Zmirak, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism.

Posted by: frroberts | December 11, 2017

Lewis on Romantic Love

Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress.

Burnett, The Secret Garden.

Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales.

Dante, Inferno[Esolen Translation]

Dante, Purgatory[Esolen Translation]

Dante, Paradise.  [Esolen Translation]

Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral.

Lewis, The Chronicles of Narina.

Greene, The End of the Affair.

Greene, The Power and the Glory.

Guareschi, The Complete Little World of Don Camillo.

Hemon, Maria Chapdelaine.

Manzoni, The Betrothed.

Marshall, Sword and Serpent.  Historical novel by Episcopalian priest convert to Roman Catholicism about Saint George set in the late third century.

Marshall, The Tenth Region of the Night.

Milton, Paradise Lost.

O’Connor, A Prayer Journal.

O’Connor, Collected Works.

Percy, Love in the Ruins.

Percy, The Moviegoer.

Percy, The Thanatos Syndrome.

Shakespeare, The Complete Works.

Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings.

Waugh, Brideshead Revisited.

One of the most well-written novels of the twentieth century in the English language.  The author, a devout Catholic, described it as a meditation on the irresistibility Divine grace.

Waugh, Helena.

Waugh, Sword of Honor.

Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter.

A great period novel set in 14th century Norway that explores a woman’s love affair with a knight and her life of faith.  My spiritual director and a professor in seminary said that this trilogy helped them understand how a woman’s mind works.  Having read them, I agree with their judgment.

Undset, Catherine of Siena.

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