March 26, 2015

Catholic Answers Press has published a new single-volume edition of Radio Replies, the classic question-and-answer book by Australian apologist Fr. Leslie Rumble. This latest sample from the book concerns the sacrament of reconciliation.

Holy Week is almost upon us! Time to get to confession.

503. What is confession?

Confession is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ by which those who fall into sin after baptism may be restored to God’s grace. Confession is called the sacrament of penance because it supposes that the recipient is truly repentant of his sins. It involves the admission of one’s sins made to a duly approved priest in order to...

March 26, 2015

Howdy, folks!

Jimmy Akin here. I’m very excited that my new book, The Drama of Salvation, is finally out!

This is the first full-length book I’ve had come out since the best-selling The Fathers Know Best.

We got the advance copies a few days ago, and the full shipment will be in our warehouse next week.

It’s going to be available in both hardback and electronic format. Both are available for pre-order right now.

However, I wanted to let you know about another edition that we also have coming out.

This Enhanced Edition is available with the hardback version of the book, and it comes with...

March 25, 2015

"Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, God with us).

-Matthew 1:23

One of Islam’s admirable features is the adhan, or call to prayer. Five times a day, a signal goes out from a high place in a mosque alerting all Muslims within earshot that it’s time to pause from their activities and offer one of the short daily prayers that are part of Islamic ritual duty. The regular, corporate nature of this practice fosters strong religion. It draws believers together in a habitual common act; it reminds them to place worship—as an act of justice owed to God—before the demands of life in the world.

Wouldn’t it be great if...

March 23, 2015

This year marks the centenary of a rethinking of Catholic apologetics that most Catholic apologists have never heard of.

Some Thoughts on Catholic Apologetics was published in London in 1915. The author was E. I. Watkin. Born in 1888, he converted in 1908 and died in 1981. He was a long-time friend of historian Christopher Dawson and wrote and translated many books.

I first came across Watkin’s name when I got an abridged version of the book for which he is best known, The Catholic Center (1932). Written for Anglicans and others who were searching for the elusive via media, the book informed them that what they were looking for actually was the Catholic Church. Watkin invited non-Catholic readers to make the same discovery he had made.

If...

The Garden of Gethsemane
March 18, 2015

Once a year, for the last five years, I have been fortunate to be able to go on retreat with the local secular Carmelite community. Every October, we drive a couple of hours north of San Diego to El Carmelo in Redlands, California, a retreat house run by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California–Arizona Province. The retreat runs from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, with conferences, Mass, spiritual devotions, and time for personal rest and reflection.

The first year I went on this retreat, I told my spiritual director, who was at the time one of the friars on staff at the retreat house, that I wanted to...

March 16, 2015

Richard Becker, who describes himself as a “God-haunted lunatic,” has an entertaining rant against the use of missalettes at Mass.

Being a God-haunted lunatic myself, allow me to counter-rant in the same spirit.

In his piece, Becker poses a number of arguments against using missalettes at Mass. Let’s take a look at them:

 

1) The Argument from Van Morrison

Becker’s first argument compares going to Mass to going to a Van Morrison concert, which Becker indicates would be an incredibly thrilling experience for him.

I don’t know Van Morrison’s music myself, but fair enough....

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