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Discussion about “Salt and Light: The Spiritual Journey of Élisabeth and Félix Leseur”

Discussion about “Salt and Light: The Spiritual Journey of Élisabeth and Félix Leseur”

April 26, 2021
Join us for a discussion about the incredible story of Élisabeth and Félix Leseur - who was this couple, what was so intriguing about their spiritual life, where does Élisabeth's cause for canonization stand?
 
About: Élisabeth and Félix Leseur began their life together in France as a carefree young couple with a bright future ahead of them. They were beautifully and compatibly matched, except for one major difference—Élisabeth was a devout Catholic, and Félix was a firmly decided atheist. As they faced the seasons of life together, their relationship was tested, and both were called to deep spiritual transformation.
 
Out of love for her husband, Élisabeth spent her life offering her many sufferings for the sake of his conversion. After her death, and in response to the profound love he encountered in her writings, Félix converted and offered the rest of his life to God as a Dominican priest.
 
This biography is a lovely narrative of their marriage and the transformative power of God's love and grace in their lives. It also presents a charming picture of upper-middle-class French society at the turn of the last century. The cause for the canonization of Élisabeth Leseur has been opened by the Catholic Church.
Author Interview with Kendra Tierney on her book, “The Catholic All Year Compendium”

Author Interview with Kendra Tierney on her book, “The Catholic All Year Compendium”

April 26, 2021
About the author: Kendra Tierney is a wife and a mother of ten children from newborn to teenager, and an enthusiastic amateur experimenter in the domestic arts. She writes the award-winning Catholic mommy blog "Catholic All Year", is a regular contributor to 'Blessed Is She' Ministries, and is the voice of liturgical living at Endow Ministries. She is the author of The Catholic All Year Compendium and A Little Book about Confession for Children.
About the book: If you have been wondering how to bring the rich traditions of the Catholic Church's liturgical year into your family life, this is the book for you. If you have no idea what the liturgical year is, but you are looking for ways to bring your faith home from Sunday Mass—in every season, all year long—this is the book for you too.
 
With wisdom and humor mother and blogger Kendra Tierney shares how her family celebrates Catholic seasons and feasts—from Advent and Christmas, through Lent and Easter, to Pentecost and beyond. She provides ideas for stories, activities, foods, and decorations that will help you to celebrate your Catholic faith with your family and friends without expertise or much advance planning. She also offers tips and survival tricks from her fifteen years in the Catholic mommy trenches about such challenges as bringing young children to Mass and saying a family Rosary.
 
Whether you're a convert or a revert or a lifelong Catholic, a member of a big family or a small one, a stay-at-home or a working parent, you're sure to find ways to make your Catholic faith a memorable and meaningful part of your busy family life—and have fun doing it!
 
Interview with authors Tom Peterson and Ryan Hanning on their book, “The WillPower Advantage”

Interview with authors Tom Peterson and Ryan Hanning on their book, “The WillPower Advantage”

April 26, 2021
Christians, as well as all men and women, are called to holiness and happiness, but everyone struggles to take the practical steps necessary to overcome the vices that rob us of our peace and steal our joy. The WillPower Advantage shows that we need to renew our minds with the truth about ourselves in order to develop the good habits we need to handle the challenges we face. We are not called to be passive; we are called to use our will and our strength to receive God's grace and transform the world, beginning with ourselves.
 
The WillPower Advantage helps people to build the virtues they need by providing practical wisdom from ancient and contemporary sources. The book includes a Spiritual Audit, which identifies a person's temperament along with its strengths and weaknesses. The virtues each temperament needs to work on are then presented systematically with practical tips for strengthening them.
 
Why did Twitter censor Catholic World Report?

Why did Twitter censor Catholic World Report?

April 26, 2021
On January 25, 2021, Twitter locked the account of Catholic World Report for a news story about Dr. Rachel Levine, a biological man identifying as a transgender woman. Dr. Levine was nominated by Joe Biden to be the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. Twitter maintained the tweet about this story involved "hateful conduct."
 
We are going to talk to the editor of Catholic World Report, Carl Olson, about this story and others where Twitter is censoring messages they don't agree with.
Interview with George Weigel, author of “The Next Pope”

Interview with George Weigel, author of “The Next Pope”

April 26, 2021
The Catholic Church is on the verge of a transition of great consequence.
 
As a Catholic theologian, historian, and papal biographer George Weigel notes, the next pope will probably have been a teenager or a very young man during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965); he may even have been a child during those years. Thus the next pope will not have been shaped by the experience of the Council and the immediate debates over its meaning and reception like Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. The next pope, Weigel writes, "will be a transitional figure in a different way than his immediate predecessors. So it seems appropriate to ponder now what the Church has learned during the pontificates of these three conciliar popes—and to suggest what the next pope might take from that learning."
 
Drawing on his personal discussions with John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, as well as his decades of experience with Catholics from every continent, George Weigel examines the major challenges confronting the Catholic Church and its 1.3 billion believers in the twenty-first century: challenges the next pontificate must address as the Church enters new, uncharted territory. To what is the Holy Spirit calling this Church-in-transition? What are the qualities needed in the man who will lead the Church from the Chair of Saint Peter?
 
Taking lessons from the pontificates of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, George Weigel proposes what the Catholic leaders of the future, especially the next pope, must do to remain faithful to the Holy Spirit’s summons to a renewed evangelical witness, intensified missionary fervor, and Christ-centered reform in the wake of grave institutional failures, mission confusion, counter-witness, and the secularist challenge to biblical faith
 
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