“Is it really important to understand these classic understandings of God’s existence?” EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck asks Prof. Edward Feser in his interview on Five Proofs of the Existence of God. “Isn’t it all about Faith?” Prof. Feser replies that the greatest thinkers of the past thought that the existence of God could indeed be known through rational arguments. “I’m going to show why they were right, and why the ‘new’ atheists in particular would like us to (mistakenly) believe that religion is merely a matter of ‘groundless’ faith. This is a minority view, historically.” Hence the great importance for reading Feser‘s Five Proofs of the Existence of God. Should you need additional inspiration, catch this EWTN Bookmark episode!
President of Fatima Family Apostolate International John Preiss talks with Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark about the message of Fatima and Our Lady’s plea for the sanctification of family life. Preiss‘ The Miracle and the Message brings us the eternal relevance and importance of Prayer, Penance, Conversion, and Reparation. Doug quotes the words of Fr. Wade Menezes, C.P.M., from the Introduction: The Blessed Mother’s message of 1917 “echoes as a heavenly battle cry to save the world and all its peoples from self-destruction.”
“This is by no means an academic book,” Dr. Scott Hahn points out in his interview with EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck on The Fourth Cup. “It connects seamlessly with my earlier books, The Lamb’s Supper and Letter and Spirit, and it’s for scholars as well as laypeople, of whatever denomination or religious persuasion. The text is a summary, over many years, of a talk I used to give, and which God used as the beginning of a conversion to Catholicism for many. Very simply, The Fourth Cup tells the story of how I came to make the Eucharist the center of my life.”
Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to talk about Mother Angelica‘s seventh and last mini-book in her series of lifelong meditations. In Mother Angelica’s Guide to Practical Holiness, we’ll see that holiness is indeed achievable, whatever state of life we find ourselves in, and that God calls us to advance in holiness daily. Fr. Joseph assures us that we will definitely struggle in our prayers and daily work-a-day lives, to respond to this awesome Call. “Let us be of good cheer,” Fr. Joseph says, “for even when we feel that God is far away from our battles, He is actually doing something wonderful in our souls.” Mother Angelica’s Guide to Practical Holiness – what good news!
“Everyone wants to be happy,” Fr. Jeffrey Kirby comments to host Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, “but most of us can’t even define happiness, as God gives it. Happiness is found when we follow the steps Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount.” Really? Being poor in spirit is happy? Being meek is happy? Being persecuted is happy? Fr. Kirby shows us an entirely new perspective on the Beatitudes that will have you dashing to ewtnrc.com for a copy of Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life, says Doug.
Who is Fr. Tim Gallagher‘s latest book, A Handbook for Spiritual Directors: An Ignatian Guide for Accompanying Discernment of God’s Will, for? Certainly for spiritual directors providing guidance to those seeking God’s will in a vocational or another weighty matter; but also, Fr. Gallagher shares with host Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, for the advisees themselves, and for anyone who may find the tools, steps, and procedures outlined in the book useful in their own lives. Fr. Gallagher, an Ignatian scholar and retreat leader beloved by EWTN viewers, also suggests his Discerning the Will of God as a companion volume to A Handbook for Spiritual Directors. “Both shed a welcome enlightenment,” Doug comments, “on an area in which not a great deal has been written, using St. Ignatius’ classic steps in discernment.”
The story of 18th-century English and German Catholicism brought to 13 struggling British colonies by faithful Catholics, and the brave and heroic missionary priests who accompanied them, are brought to life in Fr. Charles Connor‘s latest book. Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars: A History of Catholicism in the Thirteen Colonies marry two of the great loves of Fr. Connor, S.T.L., Ph.D.: the Catholic faith, and Early American History. A scholar in both, host Doug Keck observes on EWTN Bookmark, as Fr. Connor shares his research into the mental, physical, and spiritual hardships which the colonists of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York endured on their way to America’s independence from Great Britain in 1789.