On each episode of “Setting the Record Straight” you will hear another fascinating yet neglected story from two thousand years of magnificent achievements of the Catholic Church. Historical Apologist Charles Coughlin presents these intriguing stories based upon respected and authoritative historical sources. Misinformation and disinformation about the earthly work of the Catholic Church is corrected. “Setting the Record Straight” will quench the thirst of Catholics who want to hear true stories explaining their glorious heritage.
“The Imitation Of Christ” is one of the most widely read works of Catholic literature. Many Christians have found these instructions, originally intended for novitiates, to affect them as if they were the words of a compassionate parent, clearly and gently leading them to center their attention on and in God. This is the last in a series of readings drawn from great spiritual writings offered for reflection during Lent of 2019.
Next in the series of inspiring reflections for Lent are these brief passages from The Philokalia. Next to the Bible itself The Philokalia is the most revered literary source for spiritual guidance for many Eastern Orthodox Catholics. Much of The Philokalia was written in the early centuries AD.
For Lent, another offering of ancient stories, mostly about love, from the Desert Fathers and Mothers. In their radical commitment to asceticism and simplicity the Fathers and Mothers were early Catholic Coptic peasants of Egypt who present a direct challenge to comfortable Christianity. They are honest and humble about their sins. One Father wonders why he has been kept away from sin by fear of barking dogs rather than of fear of God.
Another Lenten reading. This stunning treasure from an anonymous monk in the14th century has been wildly popular since it first appeared. When you read it, the terse and artless writing sounds new, as if it was written tomorrow. If you are a contemplative Catholic and have not known of it before you must encounter it now for this an essential work for contemplatives. “The Cloud of Unknowing” tells of a way to contemplate God, not only when we receive the Eucharist, or kneel in silence in the Adoration Chapel, but in each moment in our life’s stream of tiny moments.
Listen to a few little stories and thoughts the Desert Fathers and Mothers. These early Catholic ascetics entered into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with Him and Him alone. They discovered that only with a single-minded attention to Christ were they able to give up the victimizing compulsions of the world and face their own true natures. Sometimes they found humility.