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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:43 pm 
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"Magisterium: Teacher and Guardian of the Faith " By Avery Cardinal Dulles

The documents of Vatican II, currently Sacrosanctum Concilium (and all the subsequent clarifications, amendments, etc.

The National Directory of Catechisis by the USCCB

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

I read about 500 pages a month, some of the above is for school.

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I like reading a lot of books but you should already know my favorite book is the bible


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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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I read several books at the same time. Two I'm really enjoying now are Fr. Robert Barrons "The Word on Fire," a collection of scriptural exegesis.

One example here:http://payingattentiontothesky.wordpress.com/2009/05/07/

The second is Jurgen Moltmann's "The Source of Life." He is Protestant so its disappointing when I read something that contravenes Catholic theology but I do like some of his thoughts.

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The gift and the presence of the Holy Spirit is the greatest and most wonderful thing which we can experience -- we ourselves, the human community, all living things and this earth. For with the Holy Spirit it is not just one random spirit that is present, among all the many good and evil spirits that there are. It is God himself, the creative and life-giving, redeeming and saving God. Where the Holy Spirit is present, God is present in a special way, and we experience God through our lives, which become wholly living from within. We experience whole, full, healed and redeemed life, experience it with all our senses. We feel and taste, we touch and see our life in God and God in our life. There are many names for God the Holy Spirit, but of them all the Comforter (Paraclete) and the well of life (fons vitae) are the names I like best.


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The response to the plea for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit’s coming and remaining, its outpouring and its indwelling. People who ask for the Holy Spirit to come to us -- into our hearts, into the community we live in, and to our earth -- don’t want to flee into heaven or to be snatched away into the next world. They have hope for their hearts, their community and this earth. We don’t pray ‘Let us come into your kingdom’ either. We pray ‘Your kingdom come on earth as in heaven.’ The petition for the coming of the divine Spirit to us frail earthly people implies a great, unbroken affirmation of life.

Another response to the petition for the Holy Spirit is its ‘outpouring On all flesh’ (Joel 2:288; Acts 2:17ff). This is a quite astounding metaphor. What is it saying? ‘All flesh’ is of course human life first and foremost but, as Genesis 9:10 ff.) says, it also embraces all the living generally -- plants, trees and animals. In Psalms 36.9 God himself is called ‘the well of life’. In John 4:14 Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that he will give the ‘water’ which wells up out of the fountain of eternal life. The image of ‘the wellspring of life’, and the water which gives life to everything that is parched and dried up, is used as a way of explaining the effect of the Holy Spirit. As ‘the water of life’, the Spirit makes what is dying and withered living and fertile.

The astonishing thing is that here the Holy Spirit is seen not just. as a divine Person but as the divine element too. The Spirit is ‘sent’ and ‘comes’ like a tempest; it spreads itself out over all living things, like the waters of a flood, pervading everything. If the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit and the special presence of God, then when God’s Spirit is poured out, ‘all flesh’ will be deified. All mortal flesh will be filled with the eternal life of God, for what comes from God is divine and eternal like God himself. In ‘the outpouring of God’s Spirit’, God opens himself and becomes what the the mystic and poet Mechthild of Magdeburg calls ‘the outpouring and flowing Godhead’. In the source, the river and the lake, the quality of the water is the same, but its flow is graduated. The transition from the Spirit itself to the Spirit’s many different energies -- from the charis to the charismata -- is as fluid as an emanation. The divine becomes the all-embracing presence in which what is human -- indeed everything that lives -- can develop fruitfully and live eternally: ‘You encompass me on every side and hold your hand over me’ (Psalms 39: 5).


Hope that gives you a feel for his writing.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour by James D. Hornfischer. Very, very good.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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Highlander wrote:
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour by James D. Hornfischer. Very, very good.


Leyte Gulf, off Samar Island. Very good, indeed.

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He also wrote Ship of Ghosts about the USS Houston off Java. Not as well received, but I may pursue.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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Highlander wrote:
He also wrote Ship of Ghosts about the USS Houston off Java. Not as well received, but I may pursue.


I have intended to, but somehow, never picked it up.

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I am re-reading "The Green Hills of Africa" by Hemingway.

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I've read some of the histories of the naval battles of Guadalcanal. I will look up those posted here. I am Air Force to my toenails but love reading how our good Navy buds fought the good fight. Don't forget Gen. Kenney and his boys though.

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Gen Kenny and his 5th AF were, IMHO, the only real AAC innovators of WWII. Of course, the tactical and operational demands required innovation.

Perhaps GKC could share his recent list of books.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you reading?
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Highlander wrote:
Gen Kenny and his 5th AF were, IMHO, the only real AAC innovators of WWII. Of course, the tactical and operational demands required innovation.

Perhaps GKC could share his recent list of books.


There's an air war in the Pacific title I'm still meaning to acquire, but can't recall the name. Looked very comprehensive. Hope it's still on the shelf.

On Guadalcanal, Richard Frank's book is outstanding. And there's GUADALCANAL: THE CARRIER BATTLES/Eric Hammel.

Parshall and Tully's SHATTERED SWORD promised to revise the understanding of Midway, and did, upsetting a lot that I thought I knew, from Lord, Prange and especially from Fuchida and Okumiya's books. A revelation.

Just started Barret Tillman's CLASH OF THE CARRIERS, to be followed by Victor Brook's HELL IS UPON US, both on the Marianas campaign, the opening of the end game.

WWII, Pacific theater, is my predominant reading area right now.

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I'm now reading St. Louis de Montfort's Secrets of the Rosary, Cardinal Newman's The Idea of a University, Cardinal Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Archbishop Sheen's Your Life is Worth Living, and The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton by someone whose name is on the tip of my tongue but is just out of range of my memory ;)

yes, i read too many books at the same time ... your point?

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RaginCajunJoe wrote:
I'm now reading St. Louis de Montfort's Secrets of the Rosary, Cardinal Newman's The Idea of a University, Cardinal Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Archbishop Sheen's Your Life is Worth Living, and The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton by someone whose name is on the tip of my tongue but is just out of range of my memory ;)

yes, i read too many books at the same time ... your point?



I'm pretty sure that the author you are thinking of was the brother in law of the author of ST.TERESA.

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No, I will come clean here: it was me.



And another pillar of my faith collapses.

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In the last week, I finished reading:

Jesus of Nazareth written by Pope Benedict. I learned so much, I can't even express it in words.

Hail Holy Queen by Scott Hahn. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I hadn't been reading it alongside the Pope's book. Compared to the Pope's writing, Hail Holy Queen seemed simplistic and too general. I do think it would be a great starting place for anyone wishing to know why he or she should honor Mary.

A General's Spiritual Journey wtitten by Retired-General Hal Moore's driver. This is a very short book...it can be read in one sitting. General Moore's love for his late wife brought tears to my eyes.

The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton. The main charater is a terrible person and I never did have any sympathy for her...and yet I kept reading until the end. Quite dramatic.

I am currently reading:

Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Carroll Cruz. I read a miracle a day so it will take a while to get through this one.

Married Saints and Blesseds Through the Centuries by Ferdinand Holbock. Like Eucharistic Miracles, I read a section on one married person/couple each day.

The Rite, The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio. I started this one last night and have already read 100 pages. It's terrifying and comforting at the same time. It's terrifying because it discusses the presence of supernatural evil in the world, and comforting because I know that God can always defeat evil. So far, it really speaks to me on the importance of constantly working toward building one's faith.

Has anyone read Anne Rice's book, The Road to Cana?


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Unfortunately, though Ms. Rice means well, her works are filled with dubious theology. See my posts in this thread.

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Thomism: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, by Etienne Gilson.

I recommend starting with the last chapter.

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Congar: I Believe in the Holy Spirit volume 2 of 3.

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grasshopper wrote:
Thomism: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, by Etienne Gilson.

I recommend starting with the last chapter.

Gilson annoys me often so I have trouble getting through more than one anyway!

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