Christ in the Home - Fr. Raoul Plus

A HOME ruled by the spirit of Christ is a happy home. It is also a school of virtue directed to spiritual transformation in Christ. But Christ does not force His entry into a home. He enters only by invitation. He remains only when evidently welcome.
It is the wise husband and wife who let Him know they want Him always present by striving to put on His mind and to establish their family according to His principles. In such a home, husband and wife and children will enjoy gladness of heart, happiness in the fulfillment of duty, and intense union of souls. The strength and honor of the family come above all from within, from union with Christ which gives power to manifest in daily living the beautiful family virtues of patience, energy, generosity, forbearance, cheerfulness, and mutual reverence with their consequent effect of peace and contentment. This book is an invitation to make married couples worthy transmitters of the Christ-life to their family. It is an invitation to fulfill the high purpose of their marriage which is to help each other to sanctity and to rear saints for heaven; to possess Christ themselves as completely as possible and to give Christ to their children. The essential thing is to talk over the subjects with God. It is important then to enter into His Presence before each reading by a reverent act of recollection; to beg His light to see the truth and His strength to act on conviction and realization. This book in no way presumes to replace what should be for all Christians the two essential meditation books--the Gospels and the Missal.

Nihil Obstat:
JOHN M. A. FEARNS, S.T.D., Censor Librorum

Archbishop of New York

New York, June 19, 1951

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Virtuous Leadership

Christian leadership includes humility and is increasingly important in today's world.  The virtues particular to leadership (humility and magnanimity), are discussed by St. Thomas Aquinas, Church Doctor.  Alexandre Havard gives a good summary, and Jesus Christ is not ignored.
Alexandre Havard has two books on Amazon. Both are available in print or ebook editions.

Some worthy quotes:
  • Leadership is about achieving greatness by bringing out the greatness in others.
  • “There are many Christians,” writes Escrivá, “who follow Christ and are astonished by His divinity, but forget Him as a Man. And they fail in the practice of supernatural virtues, despite all the external paraphernalia of piety, because they do nothing to acquire human virtues.”
  • Christian leaders have a model of human and divine perfection—Jesus Christ. ... If to lead is to serve others even to the nth degree, then Christ’s sacrifice of His life on Calvary for our sakes, which is renewed in each and every celebration of the Holy Eucharist, must constitute any leader’s supreme inspiration.
Havard, Alexandre (2010-10-12). Virtuous Leadership (Kindle Locations 2388-2390). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

St. Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologica: Question 129. Magnanimity -

 [magn- great, animus- mindAntonym: pusill- small, animus- mind])

Former Protestant: References that I used when learning about the Catholic Church

A childhood question of teaching and humility was answered by understanding Peter's role and discovering a few catholic bishops, popes, and people in the Bible: St. Cephas/Kephas (Peter), St. Linus, St. Claudia, St. Clement, St. Stachys and possibly the story of St. Thomas in India. The problem of teaching with humility combined with the historical and catholic links of these people in the Bible was too much coincidence for me. So of all the denominations that I studied as a child to at least try to understand their perspective, I finally made an effort to research the catholic denomination as the one that I had ruled out, the only one that I did not study or look into.
I started with "Protestant Minister becomes catholic -- Scott Hahn's Conversion Story" and a copy of the new/updated Catechism of the Catholic Church. Fr. Patrick Kenny (RIP) at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC recommended that I meet Fr. John McCloskey. He had a list of books that he called the "Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan". Then I searched in particular for Church Doctors, since there are only 33 of them versus the number of bishops and declared saints since Christ's death and resurrection. Fr. McCloskey ran the nearest catholic bookstore to the White House.

Favorite Books:
My Sister St. Therese - (part 2 of Story of a Soul) - Mat 18:22
"Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." -- Spiritual Childhood, Doctor of the Church. Died age 24. Mother Therese's reason for name.
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, the Gentleman Saint, Church Doctor
12 Steps to Holiness & Salvation by St. Alphonso Ligouri, Doctorate in canon and civil law at age 16 -- Doctor of the Church
A Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan by Fr. John McCloskey
Eternal Word Television Network - Global Catholic Television
The True Meaning of God in Heaven by Matteo Ricci, Mathematician (gave maps, trigonometry, and other sciences to China), helped convert China and Korea with Confucius' teaching. -- It's boring, but something I enjoyed.

Favorite Teaching Books:
Picture Bible by Iva Hoth [La Biblia Ilustrada] -- 800 page comic book format, follows the plot
Bible Basics : An Introductory Study Guide to the Catholic Faith
by Steve Kellmeyer (website)
Catechism of the Catholic Church - The Official Teaching (search)
The Navarre Bible - Catholic commentary is heavily footnoted to Scripture and Church Documents for easy reference. St. Josemaría Escrivá initiated the Navarre Bible project.
Faith of the Early Fathers: Volume 1 by William Jurgens -- This volume provides historical evidence, both pro and con, of various written artifacts about Christianity dated prior to 300AD.
Created and Redeemed CD/DVD set by Christopher West - Theology of the Body explained for everyman. (AU$40)

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Biblia Ilustrada - Iva Hoth
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Catechism of Catholic Church: Revised in Accordance With the Official Latin Text Promulgated by Pope John Paul II
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Four centuries in the making, a monumental undertaking and a magnificent achievement, the first definitive Catholic Catechism since the Council of Trent in 1566 details the doctrine, dogma, and the basic tenets of the Church. "A sure and certain standard for the teaching of the faith." -- Pope John Paul II. (used)
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Mother Angelica's Answers, Not Promises
Mother M Angelica,Christine Allison,M. Angelica / Hardcover (\\$11.16) / Paperback ($5.20) /Date Published: January1997
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A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue | Review and introduction | Modesty Revisited
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Story Of A Soul - Autobiography of St. Theresa of Lisieux (\\$8) -
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My Sister Saint Therese (\\$8) -
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A little classic that is like a second Story of a Soul! Conversations, anecdotes of St. Therese, her teachings, hidden virtues, amusing remarks, beautiful death--recorded by Celine in the convent. Shows the "Little Way" in practice in daily life. A providential book! (more)
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Our Lord said, "Learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart." (Matt. 11:29). And also, "Amen, I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven." (Matt. 18:3). This classic study in humility describes the nature of that virtue typical of all saints--the one without which none of us will enter Heaven. Says, "Impregnate yourself with humility, and you will soon find that all other virtues will follow without any effort on your part." A treasure filled with insights. (used)
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The Faith of the Early Fathers, Vol. 1
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- The Church in America (Ecclesia in America)
- That They May Be One (Ut Unum Sint)
- Concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine (Humani Generis)
- Condemning Current Errors (Quanta Cura) - Pope Pius IX, December 8, 1864 [Communism and Socialism]
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Crossing the Threshold of Hope
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Dave Armstrong (The Economy Strikes Again) "Fund Drive"

Dave Armstrong has 23 published books, including six with catholic publishers:

Please prayerfully consider a generous tax-deductible donation, a purchase of Dave Armstrong's paperback books, or 15-for-$25 or (newly-added) 5-for-$15 e-book package deals.
Dave Armstrong is fairly well-known in the Catholic apologetics world and the Christian blogosphere. But it's a small book market and it's very difficult for anyone to live off of Catholic apologetics writing alone.
Please give prayerful consideration in supporting this apostolate. The work that Dave Armstrong has done is evident: over 2600 posts on this blog; the books . . . And it is evidently fruitful, with hundreds of personal testimonies received from people being helped in faith or assisted in becoming convinced of Catholicism, and entering the Church.  Dave also has done a considerable amount of interaction with atheists and has been emphasizing that in recent months.  His blog just passed the 1.5 million visitors mark. 

Mixed Gender Friendships

Either to seek or to shun society is a fault in one striving to lead a devout life in the world. To shun society implies indifference and contempt for one's neighbours; and to seek it savours of idleness and uselessness. We are told to love one's neighbour as one's self. In token that we love him, we must not avoid being with him, and the test of loving one's self is to be happy when alone. Think first on thyself, says Saint Bernard, and then on other men. So that, if nothing obliges you to mix in society either at home or abroad, retire within yourself, and hold converse with your own heart. But if friends come to you, or there is fitting cause for you to go forth into society, then, my child, by all means go, and meet your neighbour with a kindly glance and a kindly heart. - "Intro to the Devout Life: Society and Solitude" by Church Doctor and Gentleman St. Francis de Sales

It is a blessed thing to love on earth as we hope to love in Heaven, and to begin that friendship here which is to endure for ever there. Jesus Christ loved John, Lazarus, Martha, and Magdalene with specially tender friendships, as we are told in Holy Scripture. We know that St Paul dearly loved St Mark, St Petronilla, Bishop Stachys (Romans 16:9), Timothy, Thecla, St Claudia and Pope Linus (2 Tim 4:21). St Ambrose loved St Monica because of her many virtues, and that she in return loved him as an Angel of God.
Saint Paul reproaching the derangement of the Gentiles, accuses them of being people without affection, that is to say who had no friendship (Romans 1:31). Make yourself affable to the congregation of the poor, humble your soul to the elderly, and bow your head to a great man (Ecclus 4:7). St. Thomas the Universal Doctor, states that friendship is part of the virtue of justice.1
There are some who will tell you that you should avoid all special affection or friendship, as likely to engross the heart, distract the mind, excite jealousy, and what not. But they are confusing things between laity and that of religious life in a well regulated community.

Sin damages or destroys fraternal communion (CCC 1469). Of the difference between true and false friendship:
  • Worldly friendship ordinarily produces a grand cluster of honeyed words, a cajolery of small passionate endearments from beauty, grace, and sensual qualities.
  • Sacred friendship has a simple and frank language, praising the virtue and grace of God, the unique foundation on which it subsists.
Laypeople, through the grace of Jesus Christ, require sacred friendships to ensure and assist each other with the many obstacles that they must overcome in the world (Introduction to the Devout Life: Real Friendship). Better are the wounds of a friend, than the deceitful kisses of an enemy (Proverbs 27:6).
We must have congenial friends as members of the Body of Christ. The eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable (1 Cor 12:21). For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another (Rom 12:4-5). "The highest grace does not lie in being without friendships, but in having no friendships which are not good, holy, and true."  "Marriage, when rightly understood, is a very real and holy friendship." (Introduction to the Devout Life: On Friendship - Evil & Frivolous Friendship) To a married woman seeking holiness, St. Jane Frances De Chantel, this advice was written 400 years ago by a bishop, now known as the Gentleman Saint and a Doctor of the Church.
Introduction to the Devout Life by Church Doctor and Gentleman Saint Francis de Sales


1The Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas - Question 114. The friendliness which is called affability

The Picture Bible by Iva Hoth

Picture Bible by Iva Hoth [La Biblia Ilustrada] -- 800 page comic book format, follows the plot

  • While looking in a catholic bookstore in Korea, I picked up a hand-traced version of the Picture Bible (in Korean). About a third of it was completed with no credit to the original author. However, in authority of the content it contained was the seal of the archbishop of Korea on the inside cover. :)