Crisis in the Church

Crisis in the Church

Crisis in the Church

By Ronda Chervin, Ph.D.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Most Catholics sense that since the time of Vatican ll, the Church has been experiencing a crisis and they would generally describe it as an experience of unprecedented division, which, disturbingly, is most clearly manifest in the area of doctrine. While this is certainly true… there is more to this crisis. Dr. Chervin, the most articulate, female Catholic philosopher in the Church today (70 published books and counting!) opens up this issue (which has been around for so long now that people are beginning to accept it as the “new normal”) in a truly fascinating way, that is, in itself… unprecedented. By way of a friendly, but intense dialogue with a colleague, Dr. Chervin demonstrates (as only a philosopher can) that the spiritual struggle of the modern age, which is the underlying basis for the crisis in the Church, is the “politically incorrect” question of… the truth. As Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger pointed out in his book… Truth and Tolerance (Ignatius Press, 2004; p.193): “The confidence to seek for the truth and to find it is never anachronistic: it is precisely this that maintains the dignity of man, that breaks down particularism, and that leads men toward one another beyond the bounds of their cultural settings on the basis of their common dignity.” Dr. Chervin’s new book, by way of a dialogical approach (which has been championed, in ancient times, by none less than Socrates… and in modern times, by none other than the great Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber, and by St. John Paul ll, to name just a few), shows that in the midst of this crisis, there is hope… as well as an opportunity for growth and healing.” — Fr. Lawrence Edward Tucker, SOLT, author of The Prayer of Jesus Crucified, Adventures In The Father’s Joy, To Whom The Heart Decided To Love, and The Redemption of San Isidro

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ronda Chervin, Ph.D. is a professor of Philosophy, widow, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has taught at Loyola Marymount University, St. John’s Seminary of Los Angeles, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Our Lady of Corpus Christi, and Holy Apostles Seminary and College. She is the author of numerous books about Catholic living and presents on EWTN and Catholic Radio. Most well known of her books are The Way of Love, Treasury of Women Saints, Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering: How our Heroes in Faith Found Peace amid Sorrow, and, most recently, with co-author Albert Hughes: Escaping Anxiety on the Road to Spiritual Joy. 

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Una nuova traduzione di Daniel Fitzpatrick accompagnata dalla nuove sculture di Timothy Schmalz

Fai una donazione oggi stesso!

Nella celebrazione del settimo centenario della “Divina Commedia”

Dante Alighieri cominciò a scrivere la Divina Commedia, opera che segue i passi del progresso di un pellegrino verso la nostra vera casa in cielo, nell’anno 1308 e completò il suo lavoro nell’anno 1320, con pubblicazione nel 1321 (lo stesso anno in cui morí). La Divina Commedia inizia in una selva oscura di disperazione e finisce nella visione beatifica di Dante che entra completamente nel pensiero divino.

In questa nuova traduzione, scritta nel corso del periodo di settimo centenario tra il completamento e la pubblicazione, e meravigliosamente illustrata dalle sculture di Timothy Schmalz, Daniel Fitzpatrick rende il lavoro accessibile ai lettori del 21esimo secolo nella celebrazione del settimo centenario della morte di Dante.

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Dante Alighieri

(1265-1321)

La Selva Oscura – 25 Marzo 2020 Il Pensiero di Dio – 25 Marzo 2021

Il traduttore

Daniel Fitzpatrick è cresciuto a New Orleans, Louisiana, ha studiato Filosofia presso l’Università di Dallas e presso lo Holy Apostles College & Seminary, e vive ad Hot Springs, Arkansas, con sua moglie e i suoi due figli. Le sue poesie e i suoi testi sono stati pubblicati e diffusi ampiamente. Il suo primo romanzo, “Only the Lover Sings”, è stato pubblicato da En Route Books and Media nel 2020.

L’illustratore

Per oltre 25 anni, l’artista Timothy Schmalz ha realizzato sculture di grandi dimensioni. Timothy fa parte della corrente di artisti figurativi e le sue opere sono state installate in tutto il mondo. Alcune delle sue opere più note sono installate in chiese storiche di Roma e in Vaticano. Timothy si descrive come un traduttore visuale delle Bibbia. In questa sua collezione di sculture, Timothy fornisce una traduzione visuale di uno dei più grandi poemi d’amore che l’Italia abbia mai prodotto.

Recensioni

Schiffer, Kathy. “Celebrare Dante e Aiuta a combattere il Coronavirus: Nuove sculture e una nuova traduzione che riporta vita alla Divina Commedia.” National Catholic Register. 30 Marzo 2020. Leggi l’articolo qui.

Editoriale. “The Dante 700 Project by Timothy Schmalz.” La Gazzetta Italiana. Aprile, 2020. Leggi l’articolo qui

Timothy Schmalz, Scultore

Inferno – Canto I (March 25, 2020 – Dantedì!)

In the midst of the journey of our life
I returned to myself through a shadowy wood,
for the right way was barred.

Ah! How very hard it is to tell
the way of that wood, so savage and harsh and strong
that to dwell in it renews the fear!

Death itself can barely be more bitter.
But to tell you all the good I found,
I will speak of the other things I saw.

How I came to that place I can’t well recount,
filled with sleep as I was at that point
where I forsook the fine way.

But then I found the foot of a hill,
there where that valley that pierced
my heart with fear had failed.

I looked to the height and saw its shoulders
clothed in the early rays of that planet
that takes us straight through every road.

And now the fear that had burned
in the lake of my heart through that night
I’d passed with such distress was quieted a bit.

And as one who, with labored breathing
escapes from the fury of the sea to the shore
and turns to gaze on the perilous water,

so my soul, still fleeing,
turned around to marvel more at the pass
no living person ever left.

Then when I’d composed my weary body a bit,
I took up the way through the desert slope again,
my firm foot always the lower.

And look! Close to the start of the steep
was a leopard, light, so swift,
and covered with a spotted pelt;

and it refused to turn from me
and so much impeded my path
that I was often turned to descend.

It was the time of the morning’s return,
and the sun was climbing with those stars
that were with him when divine love

first moved those beauties;
so that despite that beast in its gaudy pelt
there still was cause to hope

in the time and in the sweet season;
but hardly had the fear left
when the sight of a lion appeared to me.

He seemed to come against me
with his head held high and with rabid hunger;
even the air appeared to tremble.

And a wolf, full of all longing,
who seemed a carcass in her thinness
and makes many live in wretchedness,

this so yoked my soul with the weight
of the fear that rushed up at the sight of her
That I lost the hope of the summit.

And as much as the one who soars in his gains
when the time comes that he must lose them
begins to weep in all his thought,

so did the pacing beast make me,
that, coming against me, little by little
repelled me to where the sun is silent.

While I retreated to the low ground,
there, ahead, a faint figure was shown to my eyes
through the long silence.

When I saw him in that great desert
I cried out to him, “Have mercy on me,
whatever it is you are, whether shade or certain man.”

He replied: “Not a man, though man I was,
and my parents were from Lombardy,
both Mantuans by birth.

I was born beneath Caesar, though it was late,
and I lived in Rome under good Augustus
in the time of the false gods.

I was a poet, and I sang that just
son of Anchises who came from Troy
then when proud Ilium was burned.

But why are you returning to such suffering?
why do you not ascend the delightful mountain,
the source and cause of all joy?”

“Are you then Vergil, that fountain
pouring forth so rich a flow of speech?”
I answered him, my brow clouded with shame.

“O honor and light of other poets,
let the long study and the great love
that made me so search your work avail me.

You are my master and my maker,
you alone are him from whom I took
the lovely style that made my fame.

You see the beast from whom I turned;
protect me from her, famous sage,
from her who makes my blood and pulses falter.”

“For you there is another way to be taken,”
he said on seeing me weeping,
“if you wish to escape this savage place;

since this beast by whom you cry
allows no man to pass her way
but harries him so harshly as to kill him;

and her nature is so wicked and fierce
that her yearning want is never appeased
and after the feast is more famished than before.

many are the beasts by which she mates,
and still there will be more before the hound
should come to make her die hatefully.

This hound won’t eat of lands or riches
but of wisdom, love, and strength,
and his birth will be between felt and felt.

He will be the salvation of lowly Italy
for which the virgin Camilla, Euryalus
and Turnus and Nisus died by iron.

this hound will hunt her in every village,
until he’s returned her to the fire
from which the primal envy loosed her.

Thus for your sake I think you ought
to follow me, and I will be your guide,
and I will lead you from here through an endless place;

there you’ll hear the desperate shrieks,
you’ll see the ancient suffering souls,
crying out in their second death;

and you will see those content
in the flame for hope of coming among the blessed,
whenever that should be.

If then you should wish to rise to those,
you’ll find a worthier soul than I:
I’ll leave you with her in my parting;

for that emperor who reigns on high,
because I was a rebel to his law,
wills not that I should come into his city.

He reigns in every part and there he rules,
there is his city and the high seat;
oh, happy is he elected to be there!”

And I to him: “Poet, I entreat you
by that God you knew not,
that I might flee this evil and worse,

guide me to that city you’ve described,
that I might see St. Peter’s door
and those you call so sorrowful.”
And so he moved on, and I came close behind.

Finding Our Way to God: Spiritual Direction and the Moral Life

Finding Our Way to God: Spiritual Direction and the Moral Life

This course deals with the relationship between spiritual direction and the moral life. It comes out of the Catholic tradition, more specifically, from the moral and spiritual mindset of St. Alphonsus de Liguori, doctor of the Church, patron saint of confessors and moral theologians, and the founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. It does not claim to be an exhaustive treatment of either spiritual direction or the moral life. Its purpose is to examine the relationship between the two and, in the spirit of Alphonsus, do so in a way that is simple, practical, pastoral, focused on the poor and marginalized, and easy to implement. It wishes to make sound spiritual direction accessible to as many people as possible and to offer it across boundaries that, more often than not, have kept people apart, rather than united. It is a practical primer for an approach to spiritual direction that looks to the future by reflecting on the past and learning how both impinge upon the decisions of the present.

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Finding our Way to God: Spiritual Direction and the Moral Life

“In his book Finding our Way to God: Spiritual Direction and the Moral Life, Fr. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R., clearly outlines the necessary elements of spiritual direction, providing the best practical description of the process of spiritual direction that I have ever seen. May this treasure be read and used by many in their search for deeper intimacy with God.” – Sister Marysia Weber, author of The Art of Accompaniment: Practical Steps for the Seminary Formator

“Participation in the course provided great benefits intellectually and spiritually that I can use in my ministry in religious education.” – Patricia Topper, first student to complete the course

Part 1: The Moorings in Spiritual Direction

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After completing the videos and reading for this part of the course, click on any of the social media icons below and post a response to this prompt: Describe your understanding of spiritual direction and the impact you feel it would have/has had on your life. (75-100 words or as appropriate to the medium chosen)

Module 1 - What is Spiritual Direction?
Module 2 - The Relationships of Spiritual Direction
Module 3 - Integrating Spirituality and Morality
Module 4 - Listening
Module 5 - Prayer

Part 2: An Alphonsian Approach to Spiritual Direction

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After completing the videos and reading for this part of the course, click on any of the social media icons below and post a response to this prompt: How might the dynamics of Alphonsian mental prayer/meditation affect your approach to spiritual direction? (75-100 words or as appropriate to the medium)

Module 6 - The Spiritual Legacy of St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Module 7 - Interpreting St. Alphonsus Today
Module 8 - An Alphonsian Model of Spiritual Direction
Module 9 - The Qualities of an Alphonsian Director
Module 10 - A Session of Alphonsian Direction (PDF)

Part 3: Spiritual Direction and the Moral Life

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After completing the videos and reading for this part of the course, click on any of the social media icons below and post a response to this prompt: What connections do you see between spiritual direction and the moral life that may be helpful to you in your work? (75-100 words or as appropriate to the medium)

Module 11 - The Moral Dimensions of Prayer
Module 12 - The Spiritual Journey
Module 13 - The Way of Virtue
Module 14 - The Gifts of the Spirit
Module 15 - Attending to the Virtues and Gifts in Spiritual Direction

Part 4: Dialoguing with Other Traditions

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Module 16 - An Open View of Spirituality
Module 17 - Natural Law and Interspirituality
Module 18 - Embracing One's Tradition
Module 19 - A Suggested Template
Module 20 - Living in the Gap

The New Media and Religious Life

The New Media and Religious Life

Screen Addiction: Why You Can’t Put That Phone Down

by Sister Marysia Weber, RSM

Have you ever had an irresistible urge to check your texts, social media posts or email updates when your cell phone rings, beeps or buzzes? Is the amount of time spent on your cell phone increasing? Do you text, access social media or open your email account while driving? Do you find yourself mindlessly checking your cell phone many times a day even when you know there is likely nothing new or important to see?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you! This study by Sister Marysia Weber, R.S.M., sheds necessary light on the reasons for our behavior in a screen-addicted world and provides methods for rehabilitating ourselves toward a more proper use of our technologies.

Paperback: $14.95 | Kindle: $9.99 (ISBN-13: 978-1-950108-08-4)

TESTIMONIALS

“Some of us used to be day-dreamers, which was quite harmless unless we lost contact with reality. Nowadays most of us have become day-YouTubers – also quite harmless until you lose contact with people around you. It can become a serious addiction, a screen-addiction. That’s what Sister Marysia Weber writes about in this terrific book. Being a certified psychiatrist, she knows what she is talking about. Not only is the book extremely informative, but also very practical by giving us powerful tools to help ourselves, our kids, our teenagers, and our young adults. It’s a goldmine.” – Dr. Gerard M. Verschuuren, Human Geneticist
“Sister Marysia Weber, R.S.M., has produced in her book Screen Addiction: Why You Can’t Put That Phone Down a useful explanation for why we’re increasingly engaging our social media devices and practical solutions for how to end our addictive behavior for our personal health and social well-being.” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, founder of the Catholic Distance Learning Network

INTERVIEWS

Relevant Radio – The Drew Mariani Show: intro & discussion with Sister begins at 42:25, ends 53:31: https://relevantradio.com/2019/10/uncommitted-sex/

Council of Major Superior of Women Religious presents…

The New Media and Religious Life: How an Awareness of the Benefits and Risks of Electronic Media Assists and Hinders the Consecrated Religious in Communicating the Love of Jesus Christ

featuring
Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, D.O., and Sister Mary Prudence Allen, RSM, Ph.D.

WCAT TV Presents . . . Introduction to The New Media and Religious Life

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session I, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session I, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session II, Part A

WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session II, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session III, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session III, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session IV, Part A

WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session IV, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Introduction to the Second Half

WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session V, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session V, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VI, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VI, Part B

WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VII, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VII, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VIII, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VIII, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Conclusion

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sister Marysia is a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, MI who is a physician, board certified in psychiatry with a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry, who trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  She also holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.  She practiced psychiatry at her religious institute’s multidisciplinary medical clinic, Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center in Alma, MI from 1988-2014. She became the Director of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in 2014. She is a facilitator for Rachel’s Vineyard, is chair of the board of directors of MyCatholicDoctor, an executive board member of the Saint Louis Guild Catholic Medical Association and the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology. She also serves as Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Sister Marysia offers workshops on a variety of topics including human attachment, boundaries and character development, depression and anxiety, dialogue and conflict resolution, as well as on social media and its effects on the brain for clergy, seminarians, women’s and men’s religious communities, parents, teachers and students. She is a formator within her own religious community. She presents on Internet pornography addiction—a Catholic approach to treatment to bishops, clergy, seminarians, religious communities, and laity throughout the United States and Europe She presented to the U.S. Bishops in Dallas TX in 1992 on “Pedophilia and Other Addictions”.  She was a member of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse in 1994-1995.  Sister Marysia has presented to the Curia, Vatican City State on “Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy in North America” in 2002.  She has served as a psychological expert consultant for the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, USCCB.

Sister Marysia’s publications include “Medical Aspects of Addiction”;  “The Roman Catholic Church and the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests and Religious in the United States and Canada: What Have We Learned? Where Are We Going?”; “Pornography, Electronic Media and Priestly Formation”;  Her publications in Seminary Journal include: “Significant Markers of Human Maturation Applied to the Selection and Formation of Seminarians”; “The Discernment of a Priestly Vocation and the Expertise of Psychiatry and Psychology”; and “Internet Pornography and Priestly Formation: Medium and Content Collide With the Human Brain”.  She has published two books: The Art of Accompaniment: Practical Steps for the Seminary Formator  (https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/artofaccompaniment/) and Screen Addiction: Why You Can’t Put that Phone Down  (https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/screenaddiction/).  Her chapter “Guideposts for the Seminary Formator in Understanding and Assessing Levels of Preoccupation with Use of Internet Pornography and a Formative Process for Moving from Vice to Virtue” in Spiritual Husband-Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century is pending publication.

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