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Sex, religion, and politics: what’s past is prologue

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R. Marie GriffithR. Marie Griffith, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis and the director of the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, is the author of Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics. 


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We’re for the birds!

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For the third year in a row, we dedicate our first episode of the New Year to the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, the nation’s longest-running citizen science project in which groups of volunteers in a designated area count every bird they see, with the data used to track trends.

In this 119th year of the count, I joined volunteers for the Stratford/Milford, CT, count. We posted ourselves at Russian Beach, at the edge of Long Island Sound in Stratford, then, in a nearby woodlot, team leader Frank Mantlik quickly located this Barred Owl, shown here on the screen of Frank’s camera.

According to Frank’s report, the team counted an impressive “112 species, including 3 Northern Shoveler, 8 Canvasback, 3 Redhead, all 3 Scoters, 6 Great Egret, all 3 Accipiters, both Vultures, all 3 Falcons, 1 Clapper Rail, Black Bellied Plover, Killdeer, Purple Sandpiper, 4 Owls (including 6 Barred Owl, 3 Long-eared Owl), 7 Raven, 47 H Lark, 2 RB Nuthatch, 2 Br Creeper, 5 Winter Wren, 4 GC Kinglet, 4 E Bluebird, 2 Hermit Thrush, 3 Gr Catbird, 1 Am Pipit, 37 Snow Bunting, 2 YR Warbler, 7 Field Sparrow, 6 WC Sparrow, 6 Fox Sparrow, 6 Swamp Sparrow, 1 E Towhee, 12 Purple Finch, 1 Pine Siskin, 1 Ipswich Sparrow and 28 Boat-tailed Grackle.  Count Period birds included Iceland Gull, Razorbill, Northern Gannet and Short-eared Owl.”

The bird count continues through Jan. 5. To learn how you might still join in, check the audubon.org site.

Here are more photos from a glorious day!

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3We started our day at 6 a.m. with a hearty breakfast at the Blue Sky Diner in Stratford. Above, team leader Frank Mantlik; below, from left, Patrick Comins, executive director of Audubon CT; bird count veteran Ryan Maclean; and Stefan Martin, who works with various Audubon chapters.

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Last three photos show: (in car) Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, Audubon Connecticut’s Bird Conservation Programs Manager; Genevieve Nuttall, Audubon Connecticut’s Bird Conservation Program Associate; and high school student Nivea Ortiz, who saw her first-ever owl that day!

 

 

 

 


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Richard Alleva’s Top 10 Christmas films

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Talking movies on “Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith” gives one a powerful appetite! Richard Alleva, semi-retired from the Catholic journal Commonweal, enjoys a well-deserved lunch and dessert in Middletown after exploring his top 10 Christmas films on the show.

donateHave you donated to WESU’s fall/winter pledge drive yet? For a donation of any amount, I’ll send you your choice of a book from the list below. Please support independent, free-form, community radio by going to wesufm.org or mailing a check to WESU, 45 Broad St., Middletown, CT 06457.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

7 Paths to God: the Ways of the Mystic by Joan Borysenko

150 North American Martyrs You Should Know by Brian O’Neel

The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by Matthew Kelly

The Bishop’s Brothels by EJ Burford

Catholic and Christian by Alan Schreck

Catholics by Brian Moore

Church Chat: Snapshots of a Changing Catholic Church by Tom Smith

Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest by Matthew Fox

Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump by Manuel A. De La Torre

The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by John L. Allen Jr

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

Heads Bowed: Prayers for Catholic School Days by Lisa Mladinich

A History of the Popes by Nicholas Cheetham

Holy Fire: A Personal Journey of Conversion and Renewal by Phyllis Price

Journal of a Soul by Pope John XXIII

How Do We Know When It’s God? by Dan Wakefield

The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) by Pope Francis

Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood by Wayne Muller

Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in the Age of Unbelief by Joseph Pearce

The Little Book of Letting Go by Hugh Prather

Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton

Maximilian Kolbe: Saint of Auschwitz by Elaine Murray Stone

Memoirs of the Soul: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography by Nan Phifer

Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends by Mary Claire Kendall

Out of the Garden: Women Writers on the Bible edited by Christina Buchmann and Celina

                Spiegel

The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty by

Jennessa Terraccino

Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church by Kaya Oakes

Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose by Matthew Kelly

Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

Returning: A Spiritual Journey by Dan Wakefield

Rome Sweet Rome: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn

Sacred Intelligence: The Essence of Sacred, Selfish, and Shared Relationships by Terrlyn Curry

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Saints and Sinners: The American Catholic Experience Through Stories, Memoirs, Essays and

                Commentary edited by Greg Tobin

Saints for All Occasions: a Novel by J. Courtney Sullivan

The 7 Secrets of Successful Catholics by Paul Wilkes

Spiritual Quests: The Art and Craft of Religious Writing edited by William Zinsser

Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, MD

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment: An Illustrated Crisis Companion by Barbara Lewis-Marco )

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century by William F. Buckley

What, Then, Is Liturgy: Musings and Memoir by Anscar J. Chupungko

Why I am a Catholic by Gary Wills


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A good partnership is hard to find: Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux had one

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O'Connor Giroux book coverPatrick Samway, SJJesuit Father Patrick Samway’s latest book is Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux: A Publishing Partnership. The exhaustively researched book includes detail about O’Connor’s prolific writing despite suffering from the lupus which would end her life in her 30s and how Giroux’s Catholicism hurt his career in publishing.

 

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Reminding you that WESU has launched its fall pledge drive. Aside from the way-cool gifts the station is offering for donations of various sizes, I’ll send you the book of your choice from the list below for a donation of ANY size.

You can donate through the station’s website, www.wesufm.org, or by sending a check to WESU, 45 Broad St., Middletown, CT 06457. Then just contact me through this blog and I’ll send your pick along.

Thanks!

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7 Paths to God: the Ways of the Mystic by Joan Borysenko

150 North American Martyrs You Should Know by Brian O’Neel

The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by Matthew Kelly

The Bishop’s Brothels by EJ Burford

Catholic and Christian by Alan Schreck

Catholics by Brian Moore

Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest by Matthew Fox

Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump by Manuel A. De La Torre

The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by John L. Allen Jr

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

A History of the Popes by Nicholas Cheetham

Holy Fire: A Personal Journey of Conversion and Renewal by Phyllis Price

Journal of a Soul by Pope John XXIII

How Do We Know When It’s God? by Dan Wakefield

The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) by Pope Francis

Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood by Wayne Muller

Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in the Age of Unbelief by Joseph Pearce

The Little Book of Letting Go by Hugh Prather

Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton

Maximilian Kolbe: Saint of Auschwitz by Elaine Murray Stone

Memoirs of the Soul: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography by Nan Phifer

Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends by Mary Claire Kendall

Out of the Garden: Women Writers on the Bible edited by Christina Buchmann and Celina Spiegel

The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty by Jennessa Terraccino

Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church by Kaya Oakes

Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose by Matthew Kelly

Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

Returning: A Spiritual Journey by Dan Wakefield

Rome Sweet Rome: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn

Saints and Sinners: The American Catholic Experience Through Stories, Memoirs, Essays and Commentary edited by Greg Tobin

Saints for All Occasions: a Novel by J. Courtney Sullivan

The 7 Secrets of Successful Catholics by Paul Wilkes

Spiritual Quests: The Art and Craft of Religious Writing edited by William Zinsser

Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, MD

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment: An Illustrated Crisis Companion by Barbara Lewis-Marco

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century by William F. Buckley

What, Then, Is Liturgy: Musings and Memoir by Anscar J. Chupungko

Why I Am a Catholic by Gary Wills

 

 


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It’s Small Radio Show Sunday!

Hello, generous listeners, guests, and supporters of “Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith”!

What a rich year of spiritually-themed radio it’s been! We unpacked the religion vote; celebrated two late, great priests; interviewed activists, artists, theologians, jurists, film critics, novelists, essayists, Buddhists, a Catholic comedian; and more! (You can find all of the episodes posted at www.reasonablycatholic.com.)

WESU-FM, the amazing station that makes the program possible, has launched its fall pledge drive! May I count on you to make a donation on what I’m calling Small Radio Show Sunday? (Or any other day? Feel free to name it yourself!)

Of course, the station is offering an array of terrific pledge gifts, which you can learn about here — https://wesufm.org/pledge/gifts/index.htm — but additionally, for a donation of any size – yes, ANY size – you can rescue one of the following new or gently used titles from my bursting bookshelves!

Just donate by going to www.wesufm.org/pledge  or by sending a check to WESU-FM, 45 Broad St., 2nd floor, Middletown, CT 06457, and then email me accordingly at this address, and I’ll pop your book in the mail!

THANKS so much for supporting community radio – needed now more than ever, as I’m sure you know!

Here’s the list of rescue books looking for a new forever home:

7 Paths to God: the Ways of the Mystic by Joan Borysenko

150 North American Martyrs You Should Know by Brian O’Neel

The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by Matthew Kelly

The Bishop’s Brothels by EJ Burford

Catholic and Christian by Alan Schreck

Catholics by Brian Moore

Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest by Matthew Fox

Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump by Manuel A. De La Torre

The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by John L. Allen Jr

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

A History of the Popes by Nicholas Cheetham

Holy Fire: A Personal Journey of Conversion and Renewal by Phyllis Price

Journal of a Soul by Pope John XXIII

How Do We Know When It’s God? by Dan Wakefield

The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) by Pope Francis

Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood by Wayne Muller

Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in the Age of Unbelief by Joseph Pearce

The Little Book of Letting Go by Hugh Prather

Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton

Maximilian Kolbe: Saint of Auschwitz by Elaine Murray Stone

Memoirs of the Soul: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography by Nan Phifer

Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends by Mary Claire Kendall

Out of the Garden: Women Writers on the Bible edited by Christina Buchmann and Celina Spiegel

The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty by Jennessa Terraccino

Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church by Kaya Oakes

Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose by Matthew Kelly

Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

Returning: A Spiritual Journey by Dan Wakefield

Rome Sweet Rome: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn

Saints and Sinners: The American Catholic Experience Through Stories, Memoirs, Essays and Commentary edited by Greg Tobin

Saints for All Occasions: a Novel by J. Courtney Sullivan

The 7 Secrets of Successful Catholics by Paul Wilkes

Spiritual Quests: The Art and Craft of Religious Writing edited by William Zinsser

Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, MD

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment: An Illustrated Crisis Companion by Barbara Lewis-Marco

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century by William F. Buckley

What, Then, Is Liturgy: Musings and Memoir by Anscar J. Chupungko

Why I Am a Catholic by Gary Wills

 


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My Gift to You for Donating ANY Amount

Help yourself to one of these new or gently used titles from my bursting bookshelves! Just donate any amount at wesufm.org/pledge or by sending a check to WESU-FM, 45 Broad St., 2nd floor, Middletown, CT 06457, and then email me accordingly at mjohnson@wesufm.org, and I’ll pop the book in the mail! THANKS!

7 Paths to God: the Ways of the Mystic by Joan Borysenko

150 North American Martyrs You Should Know by Brian O’Neel

The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by Matthew Kelly

The Bishop’s Brothels by EJ Burford

Catholic and Christian by Alan Schreck

Catholics by Brian Moore

Church Chat: Snapshots of a Changing Catholic Church by Tom Smith

Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest by Matthew Fox

Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump by Manuel A. De La Torre

The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by John L. Allen Jr

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

Heads Bowed: Prayers for Catholic School Days by Lisa Mladinich

A History of the Popes by Nicholas Cheetham

Holy Fire: A Personal Journey of Conversion and Renewal by Phyllis Price

Journal of a Soul by Pope John XXIII

How Do We Know When It’s God? by Dan Wakefield

The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) by Pope Francis

Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood by Wayne Muller

Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in the Age of Unbelief by Joseph Pearce

The Little Book of Letting Go by Hugh Prather

Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton

Maximilian Kolbe: Saint of Auschwitz by Elaine Murray Stone

Memoirs of the Soul: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography by Nan Phifer

Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends by Mary Claire Kendall

Out of the Garden: Women Writers on the Bible edited by Christina Buchmann and Celina Spiegel

The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty by

Jennessa Terraccino (sp?)

Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church by Kaya Oakes

Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose by Matthew Kelly

Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

Returning: A Spiritual Journey by Dan Wakefield

Rome Sweet Rome: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn

Sacred Intelligence: The Essence of Sacred, Selfish, and Shared Relationships by Terrlyn Curry Avery

Saints and Sinners: The American Catholic Experience Through Stories, Memoirs, Essays and Commentary edited by Greg Tobin

Saints for All Occasions: a Novel by J. Courtney Sullivan

The 7 Secrets of Successful Catholics by Paul Wilkes

Spiritual Quests: The Art and Craft of Religious Writing edited by William Zinsser

Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, MD

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment: An Illustrated Crisis Companion by Barbara Lewis-Marco

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century by William F. Buckley

What, Then, Is Liturgy: Musings and Memoir by Anscar J. Chupungko

Why I Am a Catholic by Gary Wills


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The religion vote by the numbers: how Catholics, evangelicals, Jews and Nones helped create the Blue Wave

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Mark SilkMark Silk is the founding director of Trinity College’s Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He blogs at https://religionnews.com/category/opinion/columns/mark-silk/

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Fr Thomas KeatingHere is a link to a 19-minute memorial video about the late Fr. Thomas Keating:

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PietaHolly Whiting, who painted The Stations of the Cross for St. Catherine of Siena parish in West Simsbury, will give a presentation about the work at St. John Bosco parish house (the former St. Mary Church Hall), 731 Main St., Branford, on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

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Letting you know that WESU-FM has launched its fall pledge drive! Watch this space for a list of religion-themed books you can choose from if you donate ANY AMOUNT, either by going to wesufm.org or by mailing a check to WESU, 45 Broad St., Middletown, CT 06457. Thanks in advance for supporting the station!

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Lost and Found (Fr. Thomas Keating dies; the Seven Deadly Sins are revived )

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Fr Thomas KeatingFr. Thomas Keating, founder of the contemplative prayer movement, died last week at age 95. In the first half of the episode, with permission from Contemplative Outreach, we hear the audio of a YouTube video in which Father teaches us the basics of the practice. Here are links to other Fr. Keating video presentations:

The Benefits of Centering Prayer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEO2xi8WIrA

Centering Prayer:  Becoming Nothing – In Memory of Thomas Keating

https://youtu.be/VA7A_Xjvr8o

Sharing the Divine Nature – In Memory of Thomas Keating

https://youtu.be/mHC9Afp5qKY

MaryAnn SteutermannIn the second half of the episode, MaryAnn Steutermann, a writer and high school teacher in Louisville, KY, wonders if the Seven Deadly Sins of the old Baltimore Catechism, might be relevant today. Her Busted Halo essay, “Sloth! Wrath! Greed! Oh my! What the Seven Deadly Sins Mean Today,” can be found here: https://bustedhalo.com/ministry-resources/sloth-wrath-greed-oh-my-what-the-seven-deadly-sins-mean-today


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Passionist Fr. John Baptist Pesce, 1923-2018

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Small photo, upper left: Father preparing for daily Mass with his faithful acolyte Evelyn Benoit, who is featured in the episode. 

Father John, the beloved rabble-rousing Passionist priest who preached daily Mass and led retreats at Holy Family Monastery and Retreat Center in West Hartford, was the inaugural guest of “Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith” in 2012 and an occasional guest since then.

He valued the laity and ended every homily with this reminder of our sacred role and responsibility: “Will the Church please stand?”

 

 


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‘We can’t save everybody but what CAN we do?’: a retired nurse gets to work

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Mary Lou ConnorsRetired nurse Mary Lou Connors tells about her volunteer work with the poor in Haiti, with refugees in Hartford, with incarcerated women in Niantic, and as a eucharistic minister at a nursing home.

Information about her Haiti work can be found here:  https://www.helpinghaitianchildren.com/mary-lou

And here’s a link to a Hometown Heroes feature about her in the Hartford Courant: http://www.courant.com/hometown-heroes/hc-hometownheroes-marylouconnors-20180722-story.html

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Al2Also, save the date: Walking with Al for Immigrants. Al Dornan, who’s been walking 2.2 miles through his Wethersfield neighborhood every day since the beginning of the year, will take his walk to Hartford from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, starting at the Ribicoff Federal Building, 450 Main St.