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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, http://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.


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‘A lawyer goes to confession’ — and other adventures of a practicing Catholic practicing law

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Cody Headshot 2018Cody Guarnieri is a lawyer with the Hartford firm of Brown, Paindiris and Scott. He writes a regular column for the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Catholic Transcript and was instrumental in reviving the Red Mass, a celebration for people in the legal profession and others interested in justice. The Mass, to be said by the archbishop, will take place at noon on Oct. 10 at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church.

Below is one of his Transcript columns:

The beggar

I had arrived at Superior Court in Hartford early. The judicial marshals hadn’t unlocked the doors to the courthouse yet, but already there was a line forming at the entrance. Standing in line is a waste of time, and wasting time is a mortal sin in the practice of law. I decided that this was as good a time as any to try my hand at praying the rosary. Of course, I’ve recited the rosary before, but I’m not particularly good at it and, admittedly, I don’t do it very often. Nevertheless, I keep a rosary around the rearview mirror for the same reason as many Catholics: to remind me not to use the middle finger or yell obscenities while driving.

As I started saying the rosary, I noticed a man walking around near the courthouse. He was early middle-aged and only marginally unkempt. He was approaching people who were arriving to court or otherwise milling near the entrance. I could tell from the body language of those he approached that he was asking them for something.

I’m a lawyer and in court in Hartford often. I’m also a member of St. Patrick–St. Anthony Parish, also in downtown Hartford. I had seen this man before and recognized him immediately. I knew that he was asking people around the courthouse for money.

He tells people that he was arrested recently. That the case against him was dropped and that the marshals had just released him from the courthouse, without his wallet or cell phone. Or he says that the bus from the Hartford Correctional Center had just let him off at the courthouse after having his case dismissed. His tale is one that preys on those who are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system; people who find themselves at court for the first time in their lives or the family members and friends of a defendant are particularly susceptible to his story. His appearance is just clean enough and his account just reasonable enough for it to all seem credible.

I don’t think he tells this story intentionally to lawyers at the courthouse. A lawyer would know that the marshals do not just foist people from the courthouse, penniless and destitute, without their possessions. A lawyer would know that the Hartford Correctional Center transport, also run by the judicial marshals, is not a bus that is going to let anyone out and free before they see the judge. Unfortunately, too, many lawyers may have seen enough begging and homelessness around the courthouses that they wouldn’t give this guy 10 seconds for his story.

cody beggar july aug 700x600 jpgEarlier in my career, before this man had pegged me as a lawyer, he had approached me with his story. My wife tells me I am a sucker when it comes to those who resort to begging on the street. I know that there are better ways to support the poor than by giving a beggar money. I know that sociological research would suggest that among the transient population of the homeless, there is a high likelihood that my money will go toward narcotics, alcohol or some other vice. I know that giving money is a sure way to continue getting solicited. Nevertheless, all too often when I’m approached on the street or drive by someone holding a sign, I can’t help wondering if, when I’m standing at the gates to heaven, Jesus will say to me: “Remember the time that the guy with the prison release story came up to you asking for money to eat and you refused? That was me.”

That day, the marshals were running late. As I sat in my car in front of the courthouse, rosary in hand, the man approached me once again. I rolled down my window and let him give me his spiel, yet again. I heard him out and then reminded him that I’ve heard it before, a couple of times. I asked him why he keeps coming around and telling this lie to people. So he tells me another story I’m well-acquainted with too: He is hard on his luck, has a substance abuse issue and is homeless. He’s saving money and is going to turn his life around. His story worked and I gave him a few dollars, but I told him that he needn’t approach me again because that is the only time I will contribute to his cause.

Of course, I don’t know what he spent the money on. I hope his second story, about getting his life back on track, was a true one. However, I still see him around on occasion.

I don’t know if it is a spiritual or moral necessity to give to beggars in inner cities. I don’t know which, if any, of them actually might be Jesus in disguise, here to test me. However, if you see a beggar and hear his or her story, and it reminds you to say a decade of the rosary and/or contribute to a nonprofit that services the homeless community, perhaps there is a spiritual element to the encounter, after all.

Cody Guarnieri is a criminal defense lawyer with a Hartford law firm and is a member of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford.


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Centering prayer and contemplation: a tutorial

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Today, centering prayer.  Here in Connecticut, Mike Smoolca has resurrected two moribund chapters of organizations devoted to this form of quiet prayer. He is joined by Grace Padilla, a longtime practitioner of centering prayer who singlehandedly brought the practice to the Philippines, her home country. At this fractious time in our country’s and church’s history, this may be the balm we need.