Social Justice has been my deepest interest since my former Lay Dominican chapter decided to explore it for a year of on-going formation. The first question that the facilitator asked, to illustrate what social justice meant, was, “How many people in the world live on less than two dollars a day?”
As a book critic, novelist, and a professor of English and Creative Writing, I am always looking for Catholic novels to read and review. Richard Novak’s new novel, The Platonia Chamber fits that bill; not only that, but the subject of the novel is of great personal delight — St. Laurentius or St. Lawrence, deacon to the 24th Bishop of Rome, Sixtus II.
New book shows how Bible supports Church teaching on Eucharist. It’s one thing to be born and baptized into the Church or make up our own mind, for whatever reason to become Catholic, but it’s something altogether different to prove why being Catholic lies at the root of the Truth.
One thing that Catholics are always doing is rediscovering Jesus; it’s in our nature, and, if you will pardon the pun, it’s in our blood. We meet Jesus in Scripture, we discover Him again in the Church, we find Him yet again in each other, and we meet Him always in the real presence of the Eucharist.
Abortion is the hot-button issue of the day. Who among us can rationally argue that the protection of human life — at its core and despite wars of politics or economics — is NOT inherent to human nature? Why do we have so many ERs? Why do we condemn murder, manslaughter and cannibalism?
With a deeper understanding of Church social doctrine and the willful act of putting away our useless pride, we can cease being Republicans or Democrats first and cease looking at the world only through a nationalistic lens.