“God has placed us in remarkable but desperate times and given us a remarkable task, to defend His Church,” Austin Ruse, author of Under Siege : No Finer Time to be a Faithful Catholic remarks to Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark. “Our enemies are encamped all around us,” Ruse continues, “in the government, in the courts, in corporations, and in our schools and colleges.” This began, Ruse says, with the Supreme Court’s ruling in 1962 that there would be no prayer in schools, thus saying that religion had no role in the public square and that going forward, the object and purpose of government would be without God. Under Siege: No Finer Time to be a Faithful Catholic lays out these issues and provides realistic, effective answers to the “What do we do now?” question. A most valuable book for our times, available through http://www.ewtnrc.com.
Fr. Joseph Wolfe was a Brother for the MFVA’s in 1988, and as an engineer worked on the episodes of Mother’s series, Living the Scriptures. Those on-air presentations recently became EWTN Publishing’s book of the same name. One of Mother’s insights that Fr. Joseph clearly remembers, he shares with Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, was her saying to her viewer audience, “You may be saying to yourself, that was a great Gospel story, but what does it have to do with me?” “Mother Angelica would look straight at the audience, as though she were speaking to you individually,” Fr. Joseph continues, “and say, ‘When you read Scripture, Jesus is speaking to you. And everything He said and did, is a part of your life.'” Living the Scriptures, as Mother Angelica intended, will yield breakthroughs in your own spiritual life, that perhaps you have never had before. Pick up your copy at http://www.ewtnrc.com.
Tom Nash discusses The Rosary: 20 Answers with Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark. Part of Catholic Answer’s 20 Answers series, it is small but powerful. Nash has geared the book toward Protestants and perhaps Catholics who have questions about various aspects of the rosary, to help them realize that the recitation of the rosary is an encounter with Jesus Christ. “The rosary is not for hanging on your rearview mirror,” Tom says. “It’s a powerful tool for prayer and meditation.”
Contagious Faith: Why the Church Must Spread Hope, Not Fear, in a Pandemic is Philip Lawler’s book reflecting on the year of our life with Covid. Lawler sets forth how best to live our lives as Catholics going forward from this pandemic. Lawler shares with EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck that we lost access to the sacraments, as well as to other much less important things, from contagious fear. “Physically receiving the sacraments is essential,” Lawler states. As the Church soldiered through past disease outbreaks with heroic priests distributing mass in the streets, we should prepare ourselves for future onslaughts by vowing not to repeat the recent disproportionate response driven by fear rather than faith. “The Church should give people the perspective, the confidence and the sacraments that they need to get through in a time of crisis,” Lawler summarizes. “We have to give society the transcendent aspect that it lacks today. If we don’t, who will?” Pick up your copy of Philip Lawler‘s Contagious Faith: Why the Church Must Spread Hope, Not Fear, in a Pandemic from http://www.ewtnrc.com.
Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, has much to say about love. Love Never Fails is his Episcopal motto, and his way of life. Bishop Hying joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to talk about the book’s genesis (a collection of his diocesan columns written for the weekly diocesan paper), and why the Bishop feels that his reflections on various aspects of the Catholic faith will be helpful to all of us. “Overall,” Doug reflects, “your message is one that everyone needs to hear today: love never fails, because Christ has won the victory for us as we journey to the Father’s house.” Pick up your copy of Love Never Fails: Living the Catholic Faith in Our Daily Lives from http://www.ewtnrc.com.
|Dan LeRoy’s goal in writing Liberty’s Lions: The Catholic Revolutionaries Who Established America, he tells Doug Keck of EWTN Bookmark, was “to gather together, in one place and for the first time, the significant contributions of Catholics to the American Revolution.” The twelve chapters of Liberty’s Lions show, Doug observes, “that more than simply support the colonials in their cause from freedom from England, the Catholics helped to lead it.” George Washington himself knew some of those courageous Catholics who put their lives on the line as they walked into battle against the Redcoats. “And not to be forgotten,” Doug Keck observes, “is the severe suffering of Catholics colonists, both before, during, and after the American Revolution.” Pick up a copy of Dan LeRoy’s Liberty’s Lions: The Catholic Revolutionaries Who Established America from http://www.ewtnrc.com. |
“Grace is one of the central doctrines of our religion, and yet so few people know what it is,” Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P., observes to Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark. As there are a number of mistaken ideas about the nature of grace, Fr. Mullady sets forth, in Grace Explained: How to Receive – and Retain – God’s Most Potent Gift, how exactly Grace is an actual, true change in us, not just an overlooking of sinfulness, as was theorized by Martin Luther. “We enter into the mystery of the Trinity while we’re on earth, and we also prepare for going to heaven, by means of sanctifying grace, and thus we enter into a loving relationship with God,” Fr. Mullady continues. “II Peter 1:4 comes fully alive for us,” Doug concludes, “and we come to understand why we can’t be totally happy until we see God in heaven. Do yourself a favor, and pick up Grace Explained: How to Receive – and Retain – God’s Most Potent Gift at http://www.ewtnrc.com.”
|The Dead Sea Scrolls, Dr. John Bergsma, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, explains, “are the only documents we have still in existence where it was ‘pen on paper’ during the ministry of Our Lord. The Scrolls are contemporary Jewish documents which really help us fill in a lot of missing gaps in the culture and in the theology of the Old Testament, that are implied in the Gospels.” Join Dr. John Bergsma and Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark for this fascinating interview, and pick up your copy of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing the Jewish Roots of Christianity from http://www.ewtnrc.com.|
Dr. John Bergsma, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to discuss Jesus and the Old Testament Roots of the Priesthood. The Scriptural foundations of the ministerial priesthood are not just deeply interesting to men exploring Holy Orders, Bergsma explains, but to all of us, because we can clearly see how Jesus laid this sina qua non institution of the priesthood out, in his very Person, making us even more deeply appreciate the need for and function of the priesthood. “And for those of us who love history,” Doug observes, “Jesus and the Old Testament Roots of the Priesthood is also exciting in that it shows, from the Garden of Eden to the coming of the Heavenly Jerusalem, that the priesthood is an integral part of the people of Israel and the disciples of Jesus Christ.” Pick up your copy of Jesus and the Old Testament Roots of the Priesthood from http://www.ewtnrc.com today.
Dr. Ray Guarendi joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to talk about Jesus, the Master Psychologist: Listen to Him. Always entertaining and often cloaking his time-honored advice in humor, Dr. Ray covers such topics as what puzzles him most about people, how Our Lord’s wisdom clashes with modern psychology more often than not, and why Jesus thanks the Father for hiding truths from the learned and wise. Jesus, the Master Psychologist: Listen to Him, proudly publishes by EWTN, provides a not-to-be-missed EWTN Bookmark interview. Pick up a copy from http://www.ewtnrc.com.