10.26
Misc: Why readers love The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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The Screwtape Letters

Casey Cep writes in The New Yorker about why readers love The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. She writes, “For believers, the letters are theology in reverse, teaching the love of God through the wiles of the Devil, but for all readers, regardless of belief, the letters frame human experience as a familiar sequence of trials, from how you take your tea and what parties you attend to the sort of person you choose for a partner and the sort of politics you espouse. As Justice Scalia said when he invoked “The Screwtape Letters,” “That’s a great book. It really is, just as a study of human nature.” The novel remains wildly popular because whether or not you agree with Lewis and Scalia that the Devil is real, the evils promoted by Screwtape—greed, gluttony, pride, envy, and violence—most certainly are.” Read her entire review here: Why readers love The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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10.25
TCC Playlist: Oh Mary Don’t You Weep by The Swan Silvertones

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The Swan Silvertones

The Swan Silvertones were a popular American gospel group in the 1940s and 50s. We love their rendition of “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” an African American spiritual that pre-dates the Civil War. The story of Moses delivering the slaves out of Egypt inspired American slaves and “Mary Don’t You Weep” played an important role in the American Civil Rights Movement. An agnostic friend once said, “When I listen to the Swan Silvertones I feel like I believe.” Listen after the jump:

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10.24
Misc: Pope Francis Calls for An End to the Death Penalty

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Pope Francis

Yesterday Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to capital punishment, and called on all people of good will to work to abolish the death penalty, and improve prison conditions. Read his remarks from Vatican News here: Pope Francis Calls for An End to the Death Penalty

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