Wednesday, May 01, 2013

In the West, the new evangelization and renewal of the local Church must involve the renewal of communal life in the parishes. This cannot happen until a proper and concerted response to the modern nation-state, and the political economy upon which it is built, especially its gradually assumed dependence upon cheap energy, is undertaken by Christians - I believe this response will include a movement towards voluntary simplicity.

Shopping Our Way to Sustainability - Really?
Ready for Rationing? Why We Should Put the Brakes on Consumption If We Want to Survive
Mutual Aid Medical Care

Fr. Janko Zagar, O.P. Passes

A Model of Dominican Life

Wipf and Stock have reprinted his book, Acting on Principles, available. (The editor is Fr. Augustine.)

More from George Weigel

First Things: The Bishop of Rome as Christian Radical by George Weigel

One More for the Medieval Geek

The classical trivium: the place of Thomas Nashe in the learning of his time by Marshall McLuhan (his Ph.D. dissertation)

Someone posted a link to an essay which referenced McLuhan in its discussion of the trivium and how various authors differed as to the importance of rhetoric. I wasn't sure if I could find the link again, but I did - Thinking Trivially about Radical Orthodoxy. I had forgotten McLuhan had converted to Catholicism.

eighth day books blog
DSPT: Book Launch: “Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas” by Fr. Michael Dodds, OP

Video of the presentation is now available:

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

CWR: Full text: Pope Francis’ Wednesday Audience address on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
“Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person.”

CWR Interview with Fr. Taft

CWR: Building Bridges Between Orthodox and Catholic Christians by Christopher B. Warner
An interview with Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ, prominent Byzantine liturgical theologian and lifelong healer of Christian relations between East and West