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Setting the Record Straight - Louis IX - King and Saint of 13th Century France

Setting the Record Straight - Louis IX - King and Saint of 13th Century France

August 17, 2019

Astonishing Louis IX was one of God’s great gifts to the entire world as a model of wisdom, virtue, and temperament. He was the real life embodiment of the legendary wise king described in many religions. He commanded the largest army ruled the largest and wealthiest kingdom, and led the European centre of arts and intellectual thought. In wartime he displayed genius as an innovator in the art of military logistics and wise strategy. He courageously fought at the front of every battle. In peacetime his compassionate character led him to introduce a humane legal system and to spend time listening face to face to the common people, defending them against nobles when necessary. Beggars were fed from his table, he ate their leavings, washed their feet, ministered to the wants of the lepers, and daily personally fed over one hundred poor.

Setting the Record Straight - Age of Illumination - Universities

Setting the Record Straight - Age of Illumination - Universities

August 6, 2019

Universities are a natural invention of the Catholic Church. They are one of the many beneficial gifts Catholic Culture showered on the world in the 13th Century - The Age Of Illumination. The universities had a larger number of students that they do today. They were administered by democratically elected student fraternal organizations, not by the professors. There was an academic freedom so liberated that it puts to shame our modern politically correct university communities. As a result the 13th Century University provided a safe home for an unmatched concentration of great scientists, philosophers, theologists, medical doctors, legal experts, artists, writers, and musicians. Though it was 250 years before printing, anyone could borrow the numerous hand-copied books from university lending libraries, even the gloriously illuminated ones. It was a time of intelligence, sacredness, trust, happiness, and sublime earthly works.

Setting the Record Straight - The Age Of Illumination vs The Darkening

Setting the Record Straight - The Age Of Illumination vs The Darkening

July 27, 2019

Light ! The brilliance of God’s grace that illumines our lives reached its peak in the 13th Century. Some call it ”The Greatest Century”, but it should be called “The Age of Illumination”. The most apt symbol of the 13th century is the ingenious Basilica of Saint-Denis which was created by Abbot Suger to open the inner space to streams of sunlight. Following the 13th Century was the hyper-rational era called “The Enlightenment”. It should be called “The Darkening”. “The Darkening” shut out God’s guiding light and has led civilizations, following mankind’s perverse inclinations, down into one murderous revolution after another. In contrast listen to the magnificent and delightful effects “The Age Of Illumination”.

Short stories by Catholic Authors that present a positive image of the Catholic Church http://www.catholicstories.net

Setting the Record Straight - God’s Beauty and a Fun Heaven

Setting the Record Straight - God’s Beauty and a Fun Heaven

July 20, 2019

Art has flooded from Catholicdom in greater abundance and unmatched beauty than anything produced in other cultures in any period. One is led to attribute this cornucopia of genius to God the Creator having graced the human species with an extraordinary creativity. An ability that imitates His own; that is the image of His own. A wellspring of God’s beauty gushed forth
through God’s human creatures from the earliest days of the Catholic Church. It reach an astounding height as an illuminating positive response to the darkness shadows of the Protestant Reformation. This crest of created beauty continued for four centuries. Is it over?

Short stories by Catholic Authors that present a positive image of the Catholic Church. http://www.catholicstories.net

Setting the Record Straight - The Subtle Lever That Toppled 32 Countries

Setting the Record Straight - The Subtle Lever That Toppled 32 Countries

July 13, 2019

An Old Civilization vanished. It had been millions of years old, climaxing in the magnificence of Christendom/Catholicdom. In the USA it was replaced by layers of mutually intolerant civilizations called Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Z, etcetera. Was this just natural “progress”? No. It was the result of a carefully executed cultural project executed in full view. Although many deny its existence, this Culture War succeeds the same way every where, beginning with Bismarck, and continuing with Soviet subversion, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and the Communist takeover of 32 countries after World War Two. The subtle lever of Public Schools and the hoax of Peer Group socialization were inserted under societal foundations toppling countries into a world in which governments became the parents.

Short stories by Catholic Authors that present a positive image of the Catholic Church. http://www.catholicstories.net

Setting the Record Straight - The Hoax Of The Spanish Inquisition

Setting the Record Straight - The Hoax Of The Spanish Inquisition

July 9, 2019

We all know the ghastly story of “The Spanish Inquisition” conducted by a violent Roman Catholic Church. However the story is a lie, a slander, war propaganda, disinformation, in other words a deliberate hoax. The legend of the Grand Inquisitor is so dramatic, delicious, and astonishing that many people think that it has to be true.But there is no data to support it. Fortunately the Dominicans kept complete highly detailed records of the proceedings for 240 years. The actual data reveal that the so-called “Spanish Inquisition” was the most advanced humane and even gentle court in Christendom at the time. Listen and be astonished at how easily fooled we can be by a good lie.

Setting the Record Straight - Hubris: Why We Are About to Fail and Fail !

Setting the Record Straight - Hubris: Why We Are About to Fail and Fail !

July 4, 2019

Civilization is teetering on the edge of a precipice. We have been led there, blindfolded and credulous, by the retreat of humility before hubris. The coincidence of the arrival of the internet, glamorous and efficient, with the simultaneous retreat of a sensible Christian awareness of the flawed nature of mankind is a disaster. We have charged heedlessly into building our most vital systems on the fragile foundation of the easily corruptible internet. After 35 years of creating Information Technology systems Chuck offers his pessimistic analysis based on the typical character of IT professionals. He found that their rampant hubris, charged by the seductive lure of technological novelty, caused them to undervalue the tender humanistic needs for which IT systems were supposed to have been created. He also comments on the similar retreat of humble truth-seeking that has deteriorated contemporary science.

Setting the Record Straight - Part 2 - The Story Of “The Hunted Priest”

Setting the Record Straight - Part 2 - The Story Of “The Hunted Priest”

June 22, 2019

Listen to Part 2 of the amazing and true life story of Father John Gerard. This is an except from “The Hunted Priest”, the autobiography of John Gerard, a Jesuit priest, who risked all in a savagely anti-Catholic England under Elizabeth I. He had been condemned to be tortured to death in the Tower of London yet managed to make a incredible escape. He survived to live a long life, multiplying generously his granted portion of God’s love.

Setting the Record Straight - Part 1 - The Story Of “The Hunted Priest”

Setting the Record Straight - Part 1 - The Story Of “The Hunted Priest”

June 22, 2019

Truth is more amazing than fiction. Especially when Jesuits write about what they will endure for the love of Christ. The Hunted Priest is an autobiography of John Gerard, a priest who dared and defied a savagely anti-Catholic England under Elizabeth I. At first he disguised himself as a country gentlemen and traveled about secretly administering the sacraments to underground Catholics. When he was found out, he hid in a series of the infamous “priest holes”, emerging once a day to say Mass and perform the sacraments. Captured, he was condemned to be tortured to death in the Tower of London. Listen to what happened next for that was only the beginning of his story.

Setting the Record Straight- Bringing Back Dads

Setting the Record Straight- Bringing Back Dads

June 8, 2019

Its Father’s Day ! We honor our Dads ! However in this “progressive” age many us have fathers that have disappeared from our lives. Some even have no idea who their father is. The one parent family is common now. Manhood is routinely condemned. Did this happen inevitably? Perhaps it could have been prevented if we knew its cause? It is curious that we do know its cause but most people refuse to believe it. It is a tragedy that the pathological effects of fatherlessness are not just emotional and social but include permanent neurological damage to the developing child.

Setting the Record Straight - What Are We To Do With This Embarrassing Beauty?

Setting the Record Straight - What Are We To Do With This Embarrassing Beauty?

June 2, 2019

How can today’s sensible secular intellectuals account for the unmatchable beauty, the order, and technical genius of the music of the Catholic “West”? “Parsifal” is Richard Wagner’s greatest opera. Unfortunately for some it is unashamedly Catholic and luminescent with sacred beauty. What had happened to the younger Wagner who, in Tristan and Isolde, had abandoned the order of logos and unleashed the relativistic chaos that eventually produced a school of modern classical music so ugly that no one now wants to hear it? Perhaps in “Parsifal” he had found the true sensuousness within the logos.

Setting the Record Straight - How Catholic Art Saved The Faith

Setting the Record Straight - How Catholic Art Saved The Faith

May 25, 2019

Unique and stupendous! No product of any other culture approaches the magnificent beauty and fecundity of the tidal wave of Catholic Art that began in the Church’s so-called “Counter Reformation”. The phenomenon occurred in every art form. Elizabeth Lev has just published a delicious book about this that is briefly reviewed here. This review leads into proposing a vision of what we will do in a heaven that is creative and fun. Finally there is a statement from Jordan Peterson about Catholicism that cannot be missed.

Setting the Record Straight - What is the “West” ?

Setting the Record Straight - What is the “West” ?

May 18, 2019

Vanished ! A thousand years ago there was a magnificent town. It clustered around the world’s largest basilica. It was the most advanced center of art and science on earth, and was carefully administered with sublime orderliness. Knowledgeable historians agree that our modern world began there on one particular day. There the “West” was founded. Now only a ruined tower stands alone. Much of the best ideas that formed our nation is were conceived and made real there. Like lost Camelot, not even a drawing of it can be found. Atheistic iconoclasts, once again, did a thorough job of destroying the inspired, lovely, and complex works of Catholics. Now few care that even the last insubstantial memories of it have begun to vanish.

Setting the Record Straight - Adventures Of The Blackrobes

Setting the Record Straight - Adventures Of The Blackrobes

May 18, 2019

“Saving souls” was the bold way Catholics used to casually refer to evangelizing. Christ commissioned us all to perform this laborious and dangerous endeavor. The courageous among us have obeyed Him. Listen to a brief sample of these amazing reports, called Jesuit Relations, that record the adventures of the brilliant and Indomitable French Jesuits in North America in the 17th century. The reports were published every year and were always best sellers in France.

Setting the Record Straight - Part 2: Will Notre Dame du Paris Dissolve? - 4/27/19

Setting the Record Straight - Part 2: Will Notre Dame du Paris Dissolve? - 4/27/19

April 27, 2019

This is Part 2 of reflections on the fire at Notre Dame du Paris. Chuck converses with his young son Dawson wondering how much we must lose of what is beloved and revered. In this first of two Podcasts they explore hopeful possibilities that arise from Catholicism, the Bible, Eschatology, and Astrophysics.

The near loss of Notre Dame du Paris was heartbreaking for hundreds of millions of people. Perhaps It will be restored as it has been several times in the past, perhaps as a Catholic Church again. However ultimately will Notre Dame du Paris be lost forever ?

Setting the Record Straight - Part 1: Will Notre Dame du Paris dissolve?

Setting the Record Straight - Part 1: Will Notre Dame du Paris dissolve?

April 24, 2019

Reflect with Chuck and his young son Dawson as they converse, examining questions of how much on earth we must lose of what is beloved and revered. In this first of two Podcasts they explore hopeful possibilities that arise from Catholicism, the Bible, Eschatology, and Astrophysics.

The near loss of Notre Dame du Paris was heartbreaking for hundreds of millions of people. Perhaps It will be restored as it has been several times in the past, perhaps as a Catholic Church again. However ultimately will Notre Dame du Paris be lost forever ?

Setting the Record Straight - “The Imitation Of Christ” - 4/13/19

Setting the Record Straight - “The Imitation Of Christ” - 4/13/19

April 13, 2019

“The Imitation Of Christ” is one of the most widely read works of Catholic literature. Many Christians have found these instructions, originally intended for novitiates, to affect them as if they were the words of a compassionate parent, clearly and gently leading them to center their attention on and in God. This is the last in a series of readings drawn from great spiritual writings offered for reflection during Lent of 2019.

Setting the Record Straight - Lenten Reflerctions from The Philokalia - 4/8/19

Setting the Record Straight - Lenten Reflerctions from The Philokalia - 4/8/19

April 8, 2019

Next in the series of inspiring reflections for Lent are these brief passages from The Philokalia. Next to the Bible itself The Philokalia is the most revered literary source for spiritual guidance for many Eastern Orthodox Catholics. Much of The Philokalia was written in the early centuries AD.

Setting the Record Straight - Even More Stories From The Desert Fathers - 3/30/19

Setting the Record Straight - Even More Stories From The Desert Fathers - 3/30/19

April 1, 2019

For Lent, another offering of ancient stories, mostly about love, from the Desert Fathers and Mothers. In their radical commitment to asceticism and simplicity the Fathers and Mothers were early Catholic Coptic peasants of Egypt who present a direct challenge to comfortable Christianity. They are honest and humble about their sins. One Father wonders why he has been kept away from sin by fear of barking dogs rather than of fear of God.

Setting the Record Straight - The Cloud Of Unknowing - 3/23/19

Setting the Record Straight - The Cloud Of Unknowing - 3/23/19

March 23, 2019

Another Lenten reading. This stunning treasure from an anonymous monk in the14th century has been wildly popular since it first appeared. When you read it, the terse and artless writing sounds new, as if it was written tomorrow.  If you are a contemplative Catholic and have not known of  it before you must encounter it now for this an essential work for contemplatives. “The Cloud of Unknowing” tells of a way to contemplate God, not only when we receive the Eucharist, or kneel in silence in the Adoration Chapel, but in each moment in our life’s stream of tiny moments.