On Cultivating the Mind that is Catholic

While books and learning do not guarantee salvation, they can nevertheless, if we let them, open us to those things that we ought to know, the highest things. Often times, we are confused about how to begin this cultivation of the intellectual life, which primarily stems from the fact that we do not know what we should read, or which authors bring us most fully into contact with reality and the totality of things.

Sertillanges implores us to build our own libraries. “Show me your library, and I can tell you the state of your soul” is a good adage to help incline and encourage us to begin collecting our own.

As a means of practical counsel, I have given a simple list of 10 books that one can go to in order to begin nurturing “the mind that is Catholic,” authors who help lead us onwards to wisdom:

1) The Intellectual Life by A.D. Sertillanges, O.P.

2) Another Sort of Learning by Fr. James Schall

3) The Mind That is Catholic: Political and Philosophical Essays by Schall

4) Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper

5) Confessions by St. Augustine

6) Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas

7) Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

8) Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

9) A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Handbook for Peeping Thomists by Ralph McInerny

10) Prayer and Intelligence by Jacques Maritain

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Controversy over Batavia, IL library website heats up

A couple weeks ago, a Batavia parent discovered — to her
horror — that the public library there is actually PROMOTING
Planned Parenthood’s sexually explicit TeenWire website.

That’s right. The Batavia Public Library actually has TeenWire — a
site so vile that I won’t even link to it in this message — listed
on their website as a recommended site for teens.

So she and her husband launched a campaign to get the
library to remove that link. Tomorrow evening at 6:30, the Library
Board will meet to consider their request.

Kerry is an experienced sexuality educator, and Dean has put
together a PowerPoint presentation showing some of content on
TeenWire that taxpaying Batavia parents object to.

All concerned Batavia parents should be there. Here are the details:

EVENT: Batavia Library Board Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave
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A word of CAUTION: I would STRONGLY discourage you from bringing minor children to this meeting. Planned Parenthood’s TeenWire site is so bad that even hearing about it threatens your children’s innocence.

But parents should go and support this effort to stop the public library from recommending such a bad website to teens.

Yours for Life,

— Eric

P.S. Later this week I’ll be sharing some interesting news that I
hope will encourage you to make a special effort to attend this
Saturday’s protest at Planned Parenthood — stay tuned!

Eric Scheidler
Communications Director
Pro-Life Action League
Tel: 630-896-1200
Pro-Life Action League,
6160 N Cicero Ave, Ste 600,
Chicago, IL 60646, USA

Link to article – Beacon News: http://tinyurl.com/5fk6p5

Link to article – Kane County Chronicle: http://tinyurl.com/5vmt4h

The Wit and Wisdom of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen touched the lives of millions worldwide with his warmth, wisdom and humor. A master communicator, he had the great gift of preaching and teaching the Gospel in a way easy to understand.

Experience this influential, holy Catholic priest and the message of God’s love he dedicated his life to share.

To listen to the complete library of  Archbishop Sheen’s work, for free, go here:

http://www.fultonsheen.com/Fulton_Sheen_audio_library.cfm