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Traditional Latin Mass: What’s the Draw?

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At the end of April this year, I attended a workshop at the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius to learn the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, specifically the Low Mass. For the next three months, I practiced the Low Mass with a laser focus, until I could offer it with a modicum of smooth efficiency.
In my wanderings this summer, whenever I would share with people that I had learned the “Old Latin Mass,” reactions were mixed, from polite nonchalance to “What do you want to do THAT for?” [click to continue…]

Yes, We Need Catholic Fiction!

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Our Faith calls us not only to strive for holiness, but also to bring our world to conversion to holiness as well.  Quite a tall order, especially given the fact that our society and “powers that be” are trying to push us as Christians “out of the Light”.   With issues like abortion, human trafficking, redefinition of marriage, elimination of religious and conscience rights, and more, screaming at us from the headlines, it seems as though our response must be swift, decisive and persistent.

That being said, the burning question remains:  What good is Catholic fiction?  When we as Christians need to face these issues head-on and proclaim Jesus Christ boldly so that the world “gets it,”  do we really have time to wade through stories and poetry to get our point across?

Yes, we do! [click to continue…]

Book Review: Don’t You Forget About Me!

EMcCupp_DYFAMOne of the perks of being part of the Catholic Writers Guild is sometimes you get an advanced copy of up-and-coming Catholic literature.

One coming up in about a month’s time is:

Don’t You Forget About Me!

How could I? [click to continue…]

Good Friday for Catholic Creativity

crucifixionIt seems as though the Catholic Creativity website has been hacked!.  I had to start all over with a new iteration of all the posts on the blog.  Try as I might, I could not find the file with all the old posts on it (for techies, it’s called XML.)  It pains me to say it, but all that work, since 2009 … all of it is gone.

And now, like the phoenix, Catholic Creativity must rise from the ashes.  Better yet, Catholic Creativity must find a way to share in the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. [click to continue…]

The Heavenly Father of the Holy Father

Pope Benedict xviEver since his election in 2005, Benedict XVI has been a pope I could relate to the most.  Don’t get me wrong! I greatly admire John Paul II as an inspiration for my entrance into seminary and to my involvement in the Air Force Chaplain Candidate program following September 11.  

But Benedict XVI has a humility and a particular personality that reflected my own.  An academic and an intellectual, Pope Benedict seems a more reserved person than John Paul II.   Benedict’s manner seems to be more avuncular, more approachable (even though I’d never met him personally).  The more I read his writings, the more I glean solid spiritual insights.  

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Special Issue: Interview with Author Karina Fabian

LiveandLetFlyI just love the creative process. I love to hear interviews of writers or TV show creators tell how they developed the stories that we the readers and viewers thrill to.

In a way, that’s what Catholic Creativity is all about: to use the creative process to bring others to Christ in such a way that they would get immersed in the story and the themes that before they know it, they are immersed in the Gospel message. It takes real talent to do that. The greats like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis give us the inspiration to do just that. Then, there are those writers that are among us who prove that this is not a lost art in our day and age. Karina Fabian is one such writer, in the genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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