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The musings of Ken Hallenius, a Roman Catholic lay catechist and university administrator living in Portland, Oregon.
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The Story of a Soul, in fact, is a marvelous story of Love, told with such authenticity, simplicity and freshness that the reader cannot but be fascinated by it! But what was this Love that filled Thérèse’s whole life, from childhood to death? Dear friends, this Love has a Face, it has a Name, it is Jesus!
Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience: St. Thérèse of Lisieux, 6 April 2011
What can we learn from St Jerome? It seems to me, this above all; to love the Word of God in Sacred Scripture… We must not read Sacred Scripture as a word of the past but as the Word of God that is also addressed to us, and we must try to understand what it is that the Lord wants to tell us. However, to avoid falling into individualism, we must bear in mind that the Word of God has been given to us precisely in order to build communion and to join forces in the truth on our journey towards God. Thus, although it is always a personal Word, it is also a Word that builds community, that builds the Church. We must therefore read it in communion with the living Church.
Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience on the Life of St. Jerome, November 7, 2007.

A wonderful accompaniment to Mike Duncan’s excellent The History of Rome podcast.

With links to e-book versions of many of the works.

Part of being a serious student of literature also involves learning what to read, what to skim, and what to totally BS.

Open Culture: W.H. Auden’s English 135 Syllabus is 6000 Pages of Reading for a 2 Credit Course

Actually, being a serious student of any sort is learning what to read, what to skim, and what to totally BS.

A page-by-page rendition of the Harvard Classics and the Shelf of Fiction.

The progressive’s form of the Great Books program.

Here are some good resources on what the Fathers of the Church have written about the events that we meditate upon while praying the Rosary, as compiled by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf.

An educator in the faith cannot risk appearing like a sort of clown who recites a part “by profession”. Rather… he must be like the beloved disciple who rested his head against his Master’s heart and there learned the way to think, speak and act. The true disciple is ultimately the one whose proclamation of the Gospel is the most credible and effective.
Pope Benedict XVI, Reflections on St. Ambrose, 24 October 2007.
{Pope Gregory} was a passionate reader of the Bible, which he approached not simply with a speculative purpose: from Sacred Scripture, he thought, the Christian must draw not theoretical understanding so much as the daily nourishment for his soul, for his life as man in this world. For example, in the Homilies on Ezekiel, he emphasized this function of the sacred text: to approach the Scripture simply to satisfy one’s own desire for knowledge means to succumb to the temptation of pride and thus to expose oneself to the risk of sliding into heresy. Intellectual humility is the primary rule for one who searches to penetrate the supernatural realities beginning from the sacred Book. Obviously, humility does not exclude serious study; but to ensure that the results are spiritually beneficial, facilitating true entry into the depth of the text, humility remains indispensable. Only with this interior attitude can one really listen to and eventually perceive the voice of God. On the other hand, when it is a question of the Word of God understanding it means nothing if it does not lead to action. In these Homilies on Ezekiel is also found that beautiful expression according which “the preacher must dip his pen into the blood of his heart; then he can also reach the ear of his neighbour”. Reading his homilies, one sees that Gregory truly wrote with his life-blood and, therefore, he still speaks to us today.
Pope Benedict XVI, Gregory the Great: General Audience, June 4, 2008.
A person might have five theology degrees, the Holy Father said, but not have the Spirit of God. “Perhaps you will be a great theologian, but you are not a Christian, because you do not have the Spirit of God! That which gives authority, that which gives you your identity and the Holy Spirit, the anointing of the Holy Spirit.”

When a student learns math from a human teacher, the fire of love for the teacher is limited by whatever the nature of the relationship is, and the fire of love for the subject may well be limited by intelligence. But when the Christian learns virtue from Christ, the teacher is much less limited than a math professor in his ability to stoke the flames of love.

In the Christian tradition, the Holy Spirit descended explicitly to crown our lives with tongues of flame, and to play the role of moral guide (what Socrates called his daimon) for both Christians and their Church.

Leah Libresco, "Personal Plato", First Things, 9.3.2014
There may indeed be many paths on the way to the ultimate Truth, and I followed a particularly bent one myself, but there is only one Truth. You don’t make your own truth just by believing it. You seek and discover a Truth that pre-exists. That ultimate Truth is Christ and Him crucified. Other faiths contain deep and profound truths as well, but it is our firm belief that the wholeness of the Truth is found in the Church alone.
Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine blog, July 19, 2013.