Looking back a Year – A List of Ten Personally Important Entries


With warm gratitude to BellatorDei


This site is now about one year old. Also the last entry here was the 100th published. The ratio between our writings is roughly 8 for Roger to 2 Kim.

For anyone who might be interested, we thought we would make a selection 7/3 – somewhat reflecting this ratio then – of ten important entries, at least personally important to us. And for new readers, these might also serve as a way of orientating themselves to the more central concerns of this site.

Roger’s choices:

Pointing and Stammering: French Noël 2006

This very long, very personal and autobiographical piece is significant to me for many reasons. I am pointing and stammering about things which seem most important to raise. And yet I am pointing and stammering, because I am not capable of doing more yet. As I continue to educate myself and learn to think, I hope I can develop these themes in my writing more fully and adequately.

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2009/06/pointing-and-stammering-french-noel-2006/

Book Review: Puritan’s Empire by Charles Coulombe

This is also long and personal – an intimate way of reviewing a very controversial book. The American author is looking at American history and culture in a way that will outrage many. And as an American born and raised in that culture, I am looking at what he writes and finding very significant insight, meaning and truth …

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2010/01/book-review-puritan%c2%b4s-empire-by-charles-a-coulombe/

Book Review: The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Not only is this incredibly poignant and powerful book, the most important novel I have read in my life, I am particularly happy with my review, where I feel I managed some unusual things …

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2009/05/book-review-the-power-and-the-glory-graham-greene/

Book Review: Marian Apparitions, the Bible and the Modern World by Donal Anthony Foley

This masterful and comprehensive book has very, very much to do with central concerns of this site, which I explore in my review and hope to explore much more in the time to come.

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2010/03/book-review-marian-apparitions-the-bible-and-the-modern-world-donal-anthony-foley/

Becoming AWAKE to the Holy Mass

This  entry, I am very glad to say, is largely not my writing. For it represents one of the great FRUITS of this website for me. A priest trained in the Novus Ordo for decades had recently learned the Tridentine Rite and wrote to us. The implications of what he wrote are breathtaking and very, very important I feel. And he gave me permission to quote him! I urge people to read this Father’s experience – and ponder what this individual experience implies for the Universal Church.

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2009/08/becoming-awake-to-the-holy-mass/

Death Cult Progeny of the Enlightenment

I would like to think that this entry, tragic and sad though it is, is effective in expressing my views of the origins and predicament of Modernity.

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2010/02/the-death-cult-progeny-of-the-enlightenment/

One of Us

This entry is actually the introduction of the book I am still trying to polish and self-publish: Cor Jesu Sacratissimum: From Materialism and the New Age to the Catholic Mystery. I hardly know what anyone else makes of it, but I have always felt especially happy with this particular piece of writing.

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2009/05/one-of-us/

Kim’s choices:

At the moment, I am reading an old Catholic book entitled, Jesus Christ, the King of our Hearts. It is a book simply written, yet in its simplicity, it delves deeply into my own heart, enkindling a love and desire to truly hold Jesus as Centre of All Life.

Even though I pray and attend Mass daily, it is very easy to become lost to Him, when needing to deal with very ordinary aspects of life. Just as He never forgets us, how can we learn how to never forget Him?

I have chosen these three blogs, because they address this important theme for me, of the tension between the ordinary and extraordinary. For I see the modern Church attempting to lessen the difference between everyday life and Church life, by importing more of the ordinary into the Church.

Whereas, perhaps what is most needed and what I steadfastly believe, is that we need to be bringing more of the Extraordinary that is intrinsic to Traditional Catholic practice into the ordinary, hallowing our lives and making He, Who has sacrificed Himself for us, the Centre of our world and the Centre of our hearts.

Cor Jesu, láncea perforátum

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2009/04/cor-jesu-lancea-perforatum/

Our Mother, the Church

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2009/06/our-mother-the-church/

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2009/12/from-ordinary-to-extraordinary/

A final note from us both: Due to computer failure, illness (not serious) and other factors, new writing has been slow to appear at this site recently. We trust this somewhat dry spell is now finished and fresh writing will now appear more frequently and soon.

God be with you all, friends, known and unknown …

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