A Layman’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, Fr. Gallagher explains to Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, demystifies the Divine Office, also known as the Liturgy of the Hours, or The Office of Daily Readings. As we offer these short prayers to Our Lord several times a day, we know that we are uniting with other Catholics in praise of the Holy Trinity. Fr. Gallagher uses an App for the Daily Office when he travels, and a bound copy at home. A Layman’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours: How the Prayers of the Church can Change your Life, is available from http://www.ewtnrc.com.
Two books about a remarkable American priest who began caring for the poorest of Korea’s poor after the Korean War in the 1950s. The ministry of Fr. Aloysius Schwartz, now Ven. Msgr. Schwartz, has expanded to include the work of the Sisters of Mary, or World Villages for Children ministry (www.worldvillages.org) in over a dozen countries worldwide. Presented by Tom and Glory Sullivan on EWTN Bookmark, Tom explains to host Doug Keck that after meeting Fr. Al Schwartz, visiting Korea, and seeing the fruits of Father’s ministry, Tom and Glory decided to publish The Starved and the Silent, to share the witness of what one man with a vision and faith in God (much like EWTN‘s foundress), could accomplish. Glory Sullivan talks with Doug about Killing Me Softly, Fr. Al’s battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the road map he left the Sisters of Mary to carry on the work when his time on earth would come to an end.
“Why did I write Common Sense Catholicism: How to Resolve Our Cultural Crisis?” replies Dr. Bill Donohue to Doug Keck’s opening question on EWTN Bookmark. “Like many Americans, I was fed up with the way our culture was being handed delusional ideas on everything from politics to personal relationships, from many intellectuals ‘too smart’ to believe in God or in the divine origin of our God-given human nature,” observes the president of the Catholic League. A teacher himself for decades, Donohue‘s Common Sense Catholicism equips readers to confront, stop, and reverse the direction that these anti-God polemics threaten to take our society in unless ‘common sense’ citizens say Enough! and point out where the answers to our problems lie. Guess where: it’s the Catechism.
The life and ministry of Pope Paul VI, perhaps an under-recognized pontiff in his day, are to be applauded for the pontiff’s tireless efforts in bringing Roman Catholics to a true understanding of the Second Vatican Council upon the life of the Church. Equally and perhaps even more significant, the author of Saint Pope Paul VI : Celebrating the 262nd Pope of the Roman Catholic Church feels, is the Holy Father’s Humanae Vitae, because it lays out Catholicism’s clear and eternal precepts on the holiness of human sexuality, marriage, and family life. Don’t miss this upcoming interview with Dr. Matthew Bunson and Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark.
Grace & Truth: 20 Steps to Embracing Virtue and Saving Civilization, is the title of one of Fr. George Rutler’s many series with EWTN over the past 30+ years. The book, a transcription of the Grace & Truth episodes, is eminently practical and down-to-earth, speaking directly to us as individuals, Fr. Rutler comments, Cor ad Cor loquitur – heart to heart. Join Fr. George Rutler, rector of St. Michael in Manhattan, from New York with host Doug Keck for an outstanding EWTN Bookmark episode.
Chris Scalia joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark from Washington, D.C. to talk about On Faith: Antonin Scalia. Lessons from an American Believer, a collection of talks that his father had been working on before his untimely death in 2016. Edited by Christopher J. Scalia and Ed Whelan, with Foreword by Justice Clarence Thomas, On Faith includes speeches, excerpts from Supreme Court opinions, and reflections on Antonin‘s religious beliefs as seen through the eyes of law colleagues, family, and friends. Chris talks about how his father’s Catholic faith and, in particular, religion’s place in American public life, were guided by the role the Founding Fathers had created for religious expression. The Introduction to On Faith: Antonin Scalia. Lessons from an American Believer by his brother Fr. Paul D. Scalia, is an insightful reflection on his father’s deepest held spiritual convictions. Don’t miss this outstanding EWTN Bookmark interview, a rare look at a tremendous public figure whose Catholicism guided the man on the Supreme Court for 30 years.
From Catholicism’s history comes Fr. Paul Scalia’s Sermons in Times of Crisis: Twelve Homilies to Stir Your Soul, twelve expressions of the “faithful, convincing proclamation of the Word of God amid some crisis.” Speaking with Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark from the network’s Washington, D.C. studios, Fr. Scalia‘s criterion for selection was that each “spoke to a crisis confronting Christ’s flock.” In each, from St. Ambrose of Milan’s 386 A.D. defense of his refusal to surrender a basilica to Arian bishop Auxentius, to Cardinal Ratzinger’s 2005 homily at the Mass prior to the conclave which would elect him Pope, “the preacher applied the truth of Christ to a specific moment.” A small but momentous volume, with Commentary and Introduction by Fr. Paul D. Scalia, “Sermons in Time of Crisis is especially a book for our times,” Doug comments.