4.23
TCC Reads: Oscar Romero, The Violence of Love

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Oscar Romero

According to John Allen at the National Catholic Reporter, the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero could “come swiftly.” To learn more about Romero, who advocated on behalf of the poor and the oppressed, we recommend: The Violence of Love. It’s a collection of excerpts from Romero’s radio broadcasts and homilies over the three year period leading up to his assassination.

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4.20
Misc: Praying for the Dead, for Peace, and for Our Persecutors

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Fr. James Martin writes in America magazine that we should pray for everyone impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings, including the perpetrators, because Jesus said, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”.

“[Some] Christians dismiss this part of the Gospel.  But if as a Christian you say this, then you must admit that you are saying  . . . that Jesus, who was himself the victim of a violent and unjust death, and who nonetheless forgave his executioners from the cross, didn’t have the moral stature to ask us to do this hard thing.”

Read the whole article here: Praying for the Dead, for Peace, and for Our Persecutors

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4.17
Has Fiction Lost Its Faith?

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Wise Blood In this New York Times article Paul Elie (author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own) asks,

“Where has the novel of belief gone?”

Forty years after Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, John Updike and other novelists wrestled with Christianity in fiction,  where are their successors? Read the whole article here: Has Fiction Lost its Faith?

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4.15
Prayers for Sins of Violence

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Syria

In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, prayers for sins of violence, as collected in Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers:

“In the sight of this evil, words fail; in the end, there can only be a dread silence – a silence which is itself a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?” – Pope Bendict XVI at Auschwitz

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