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Lenten Reading

We’re a less than a week away from Lent.  This liturgical season provides so much possibility for growing in virtue, especially the virtues of faith, hope, and love.  I’m sure many of you have things planned.  You will give up this or take up that devotion.  
I would like to let you in on something.  A group of friends from the bibliophile social networking site, Goodreads, have gotten together to do a Lenten reading.  We’ve chosen Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s famous work Abandonment to Divine Providence.  If you would like to join in the discussion or join in the reading, be our guest.  
You can find discussions and reading schedules somewhere around here.  


Sorry for the lag in posts.  All of us are adjusting to new situations, which hopefully will provide new insights to publish here.  Soon we will be adding another contributor who will probably eclipse all of us with his writing style alone.  As for books and the such here’s a few books to check out

Dr. Michael Barber suggests a new book for the biblical scholar in you.  It is a very important look at the role of the Temple in the Gospel of Mark.  It is called The Temple in the Gospel of Mark written by Tim Gray, who is a scripture professor at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver.

For the one desiring fiction, Ignatius Press put out a novel featuring the famous Inklings, J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.  It centers on a look for the spear of destiny through the lens of research on the Authorian legend.  It seems like a good read.  Written by David Downing, it’s called Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel. 

Summer Reading Book 1

Today we start reading Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper. I’m not going to lie. I already started reading the book. I was so excited about reading that I just couldn’t help myself. It’s fantastic. Fr. Schall’s introduction alone is worth a read. I can’t wait to discuss this with y’all over the Facebook discussion board on Reverenced Reading’s fanpage. Get started reading the book.

Summer Reading

Hey everybody. We are doing a Summer Reading Forum this summer on Facebook.

The three books are
Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper
Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Father Brown of the Church of Rome by G.K. Chesterton
Check out the event here.

The Role of Service in the Life of a Deacon in Commemoration of the Diaconal Ordination of One of Our Blog Writers

So today one of our blog writers Brent (has no cool nickname) was ordained to the diaconate. His soul is now marked with Holy Orders forever changed. As I was listening to the readings (actually I had the privilege of reading one) and the prayers during the liturgy, I couldn’t help but meditate on the role of service both in the diaconate and in the priesthood.

Stemming from Dr. Brant Pitre’s class on the Pentateuch that I had last semester, I couldn’t help but think about the Hebrew word abodah, which is usually translated into English as some form of the word serve. In the Pentateuch it is always in reference to sacrifice and serving at the altar. Today’s first reading (which was read quite well I must say) was from Numbers which recounted the calling of the tribe of Levi to serve Aaron and his sons who were the high priests. They were there to assist those men who were consecrated and set apart by God to offer sacrifice. It requires a great deal of humility and reverence for the sacred to maintain and fulfill this duty. One with this role is always close to the altar but never makes the sacrifice. A weak man can easily be led to jealously or anger for not being able to offer sacrifice. For instance one can look at Korah and company in Numbers 16. Korah was a Levite who took offense at the priest who were set apart, or consecrated, to do the work of the Lord. Indeed, then to take up such a duty as to serve at the altar of Christ with he who is alter Christus requires great humility (even if one is on his way to becoming a priest). So first I ask all of you to pray for all deacons who serve at the altar of God that they may be men who are humble just as Christ humbled himself to wash the feet of his disciples in John 13. I also ask you to pray for Brent that he may humbly serve at the altar of God.

Shift the focus just slightly

The entire staff (I can’t type that with a straight face) here at Reverenced Reading announces a slightly augmented focus.  

We love books and we love God.  In fact, we love books about God.  Nonetheless, we also love movies, music, and other forms of media.  God being the creator of all men reveals himself through the thoughts and actions and words of men.  We read these signs and symbols and find in them a deeper understanding of revelation or a better way that we can evangelize.  
You will notice.  We have a new focus up top.  Check it out.  We hope you continue to read this blog and continue to read other thing.  Peace.

Epilogue to the Year of the Priest

A friend of my keyed me in on another very helpful and informative site on the Year of the Priest. Check it out. It would help to be part of Facebook

The Year of the Priest

The Year of the Priest is upon us. As a seminarian I am doubly excited about a year dedicated to what God is calling me and to what I truly desire. Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI chose this as the theme of this year because it is the 150th Anniversary of the death of the Cure de Ars, St. John Marie Vianney. He was a humble parish priest who barely made it through seminary because of his difficulty with Latin. His trust in the Lord and his desire the the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ led to a resolve even his bishop could not deny. His ministry as a priest in the small French town of Ars was just what the town and the country of France needed. St. John Vianney grew up during the French Revolution and the tumultuous times following it. As a child he renegade priests who would move around the countryside celebrating baptisms and masses for the faithful while the utterly atheist government tried to stamp out Holy Mother Church. He knew the France and the small town Ars needed to be reintroduced to the healing and redemptive love of Jesus Christ.

He started his ministry as a humble priest doing his duty trying to bring his flock to Christ. He ended his ministry doing the same. In between he fought with demons and reintroduced countless souls to the grace pouring forth from the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the sacrament of Reconciliation. It was said that in his last years he heard upwards of 16 hours of confessions a day.
Seeing such a great model for priesthood, both ministerial and universal, Pope Benedict XVI has welcomed us to this year of the priest.
The Vatican website has set up a sub-site just for the year of the priest. It has all of the addresses of Pope Benedict on the subject as well as documents from the Second Vatican Council, Servant of God John Paul II, Pope Paul VI, Blessed John XXIII, Pope Pius XII, Pope Pius XI, Saint Pius X, and Pope Leo XIII. This will be invaluable resources for anyone preparing something dealing with this wonderful year of the priest. Here a link to the site
St. John Marie Vianney

New Direction

If anyone reads this, then I have some news.  From the obvious lack of posts in the past 9 months, I have not been active in the blogosphere.   However, with a new desire willing co-workers Reverenced Reading will take a new direction.  This direction will have multiple facets, but the main one is this: to let people know about what there is out there in the great wide world of books.  We will begin posting book reviews of the books we read.  We will post other things, such as our thoughts on life and other such things.  Hopefully the new direction will continue and be somewhat more successful.