Saturday, August 27, 2011

Today's 1st reading with reflection

At the beginning of his Pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI reminded us all of the paramount importance of charity (love) and that this is the distinguishing mark of a Christian. To be loving, we do not have to be wealthy, beautiful or smart. It is within our reach. It is a daily choice to seek the good of others and to serve them generously and joyfully.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-11
Brothers and sisters: On the subject of fraternal charity you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another. 10 Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress
even more, 11 and to aspire to live a tranquil life, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you.
Psalms 98:1, 7-8, 9
R: The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.
Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; his right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. (R) Let the sea and what fills it resound, the world and those who dwell in it; let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains shout with them for joy.(R) Before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to rule the earth; he will rule the world with justice and the peoples with equity. (R)



St. Paul reminds the Thessalonians to live faithfully and quietly, not seeking to stir up trouble in their city. The Christians would have been a very small minority in these cities of the Roman Empire and, generally speaking, religions other than the Roman ones were not encouraged. Indeed, people were often persecuted and killed if they refused to follow the Roman gods. St. Paul knows all about persecution and while prudence will not stop him from proclaiming and living the Gospel, there is no point of stirring up persecution for the sake of it.
We celebrate today the Feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine. The Church has much to thank Monica for her tireless intercession, at least in part, for arguably the greatest mind that Christianity has seen. Augustine is the most quoted of all the saints in the Catechism of the Catholic Church by a long way. Monica is the epitome of what Paul encourages the Thessalonians to do when he tells them to go about their business quietly. She was faithful to her role as mother of Augustine in the best way possible, never giving up on her wayward son until he repents and is baptized. Even then I am sure she continued to pray for him.
This is what we need in the Church today — men and women who will remain faithful to their calling even through trials and difficulties that can last for decades. Augustine was about 34 when he finally settled into his Christian calling. We will never be able to measure the power and efficacy of prayer in an empirical manner, but in faith we know that the Lord hears the cry of the poor and He will always give answer to our needs. Again, we do not know the form His answer will take or its timing, but we can be sure that He does answer in His own way and time. We only have to learn to trust Him. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
Am I committed to praying unceasingly for those things the Lord puts in my heart?
Holy Spirit, inspire me to be more faithful in praying for the needs of the Church and my own spiritual life.
St. Decuman, pray for us.

Friday, August 26, 2011



Perhaps the title for this reflection should read: Don’t we believe that lust is a sin anymore? Why do I ask such a question? I ask this because of the sexually charged atmosphere in our present society. Billboards, magazines, TV shows, the Internet and so on are full of sexually charged images that I truly wonder whether or not we consider modesty to be something of a virtue anymore or if it no longer matters how we express our sexuality and with whom?

Our sexuality, a wonderful gift of God to us, enables human beings to enter into an intimacy and depth of relationship that allows them to image the creative power of God. However, it seems that we are happy to put our sexuality up for sale and think nothing of it; we are happy to be bombarded with sexual images that are attempting to incite our sexual desire and we are not campaigning for greater protection for our children from such irresponsibility. Society seems to want to have it both ways — they want absolute freedom of sexual expression for themselves and then are horrified when their teenage children do not show any sexual restraint. All I feel like doing is knock on people’s heads and ask if there is anyone home who is really thinking about this contradiction.

The sexual revolution of the ‘60s has turned into a nightmare for human relationships. Children become sexualized by their environment at an age when they are incapable of dealing with the depth of emotions involved. Parents are tearing their hair out having to deal with teenage pregnancy and kids who are sexually active in their early teens. Is this healthy? Of course not! What can we do about it? Society is obviously not going to do anything about it as sex sells and every advertising company knows this fact. The only way we can do anything to protect our children is to instill in them the values of purity and modesty from an early age in order to give them the other side of the sexual story.  Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
What can I do to promote the values of sexual modesty and purity in my life?
Holy Spirit, may I live with purity of heart, mind and action and be at least a small beacon of light promoting the dignity and beauty of human sexuality.
St. Elias, pray for us.

Thursday, August 25, 2011



Sometimes people ask me why we should bother with praying because it is not as if God needs our prayers. This is precisely true but it misses one point — that prayer is primarily for us. We pray for our own sake, not for God’s sake; it is we who need the prayers. Prayer also reminds us as to what our life’s focus should be. The further reason for praying is that if we want a relationship with God, then there is no other way to maintain that relationship than by spending time talking to Him in prayer.

When our loved ones are far from us, we take the time to write them, email them, call them or use any of the Internet communication networks such as Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch with them. We do this to fulfill our felt need to communicate with them. The same is true in our relationship with God — it needs to be attended to if we want it to flourish. Any relationship needs sufficient attention if it is going to survive in our busy world.

One of the great dangers to any relationship is that it gets crowded out by the many other things that we have in our lives. This is why we have to constantly make choices and prioritize what we do with our time. When someone talks to me about his spiritual life, one of the first questions I often ask is what priority he gives to prayer. If little priority is given to prayer, there is very little point in the person seeking spiritual direction. I will just tell them the same thing every time, “Prioritize prayer in your life and then it will be possible for you to grow closer to God!” It is amazing how a great number of people say they want to grow closer to God but are not willing to prioritize prayer in their lives. It is like saying that you are hungry but you cannot be bothered taking time out to eat. Anyone can see that this just does not make any sense at all.  Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
What priority do I give to prayer in my life? Should I be concerned about this aspect of my life or is it wellbalanced?
Holy Spirit, help me to put order to my life so that I could give appropriate time to prayer and other spiritual activities to improve my relationship with God.
St. Genesius, pray for us.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011



Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle
“Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.” – John 1:47
“Are you going to the party?” I asked a Caucasian friend regarding an occasion we were both invited to. “Yes, I’ll try,” he replied.
I laughed. The Filipino culture had rubbed off on this foreigner that he could not tell me straight that he had no intentions of going to the party.
“I’ll try” for the Filipino is a euphemism for “no.” Because of our non-confrontational culture or our nature of not wanting to embarrass another, we resort to masking our refusal with a positive response.
How different from what Jesus teaches us in the Gospel! In Matthew 5:37 He says, “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.”
When I learned about this aspect of Christian integrity, I strove to be truthful in what I say.
When I do not mean it, I don’t say it.
And if ever I do say it, then I do my best to keep my word.
Or at least, I try.  Rissa Singson-Kawpeng(
Is your word your bond? Can people count on what you say?
Let the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart find favor before You, O Lord (Psalm 19:15).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gospel Reading of the day - August 23, 2011

Jesus criticizes the Pharisees because they were more concerned with the outward keeping of the law than with the inner transformation of their hearts. While they would tithe or put aside one-tenth of the herbs and spices they used when cooking, they neglected to show compassion or mercy to the weak and fallen. All their religious observances were performed in order to gain people’s praise and adoration, and not to bring about any real inner conversion. God isn’t so much concerned that we say all the prayers as He is more concerned that we help the poor and needy in our communities.
R: Alleluia, alleluia
The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
R: Alleluia, alleluia
Matthew 23:23-26
23 Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. But these you should have done, without neglecting the others. 24 Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel! 25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.”
my reflections
t h i n k : God isn’t so much concerned that we say all the prayers as He is more concerned that we help the poor and needy in our communities.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Memorial of the Queenship of the Virgin Mary

The Church honors Mary under all sorts of different titles. In this we recognize the extraordinary broadness of her appeal to people. Some will honor her for one particular trait in her life and others will choose something else or be inspired by yet another. The thing that appeals to me most about Mary is her conviction to see through her call to the end without faltering in faith.
We live in a world where the goal of society seems to be for more and more comfort. Mary’s life speaks of exactly the opposite — pregnant out of wedlock, not welcome anywhere in Bethlehem to give birth, and many other situations. Her constancy of faith, whether in trial or not, is very inspiring to me. As I reflect on my own life and recognize within a reluctance to embrace a deeper call of sacrifice and self-denial, my mind often moves to think of Mary’s life. And then it becomes clearer to me that it is possible to embrace the deeper call if I am willing to surrender more deeply in faith to God’s will as she did.
Mary’s life is a standout among all examples of discipleship for the way in which she surrenders to God’s will, something that must have seemed almost ridiculous as well as impossible on first hearing it from the angel. However, all that the angel said happened, and more besides that, and Mary’s life of surrender to God deepened each day to the point that she was able to endure His passion and death. I have a suspicion that she had an inkling that Jesus’ death was not the end. I am sure she did not have secret access to God’s will, but with a mother’s intuition, she may have realized there was more to His life than death; that Jesus’ death was not the final word in this chapter of her life.Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
As we seek to embrace God’s call on our lives, let us open our hearts in surrender to God’s mercy and love for this is the only way we can receive the grace we need to follow His will. And we need all the grace and help we can get!
Jesus, You were born of the womb of the Virgin Mary. Your whole life is caught up in the mystery of God’s love for His people. Help me to embrace His will so that I may live in imitation of You.
St. John Kemble, pray for us.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gospel Reading - August 20, 2011 and Reflection

In this teaching, Jesus emphasizes the importance of service and not of seeking honor. He also stresses the point that those who teach others should give also a good example by their own behavior. The Pharisees were very strict in their interpretation of the law but often failed in giving compassion and mercy to people who struggled to fulfill its many demands.
R: Alleluia, alleluia
You have but one Father in heaven; you have but one master, the Christ.
R: Alleluia, alleluia
Matthew 23:1-12
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. 3Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. 4They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen   They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. 10 Do not be called ‘Master’; you have  but one master, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
my reflections
t h i n k : If we honor and make sacrifices in our service to God, we can be confident He will care for all our needs.

“Do everything they tell you. But do not follow their example.” – Matthew 23:3
A parish priest baptizes an unmarried woman’s baby. It turns out that the priest is the father of the child. Shocking? The Catholic Church has been rocked with sex scandals in the past years. A number of preachers from other denominations have also figured in similar cases.
But what do you expect? These people are made of the same flesh and blood that we “mere mortals” are made of. Being “men of the cloth” doesn’t render them invincible to temptation. On the contrary, it makes them perfect targets for the evil one.
If we put our faith in our religious leaders, we will certainly be disappointed. Some people have even stopped going to church altogether because they got disillusioned with their spiritual head. But if we put our faith in the One who called these people, then we will never be let down. Only God is perfect. As long as we’re wrapped in this flesh and blood, we will always fail. Only Jesus survived this earth without sinning.
Yes, God has called these sinful people for His ministry. He can use these sinful people to spread the Gospel and bring His will to pass. That’s why He’s called God.  Ronna Ledesma (
Let him who has no sin cast the first stone.
Lord, strengthen all our religious leaders against the wily tricks of the evil one.

Friday, August 19, 2011

News about the Angels

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August 17, 2011
With the memory of Jesus fresh in their minds (and of the angels who ministered to Him), the Fathers of the Early Church wrote countless pages about the energetic actions of the angels.
They showed how the mighty angels undertook their divinely-appointed mission from the instant of Creation through the time of Jesus . . . and they foretold the work of the angels that goes on today, and will continue even unto the end of time.

In the writings of these saints who lived not long after Jesus and the burst of angelic activity that accompanied His brief time on earth, you'll find not a hint of the cuddly angels whose images grace so many teacups and towels today, or of angels depicted as magical young men who wander our cities performing random acts of kindness.

There are no cutesy angels in Scripture!

On the contrary, these early saints were acquainted with the crushing power and fearful majesty of the angels; they understood that God endowed the angels with these virtues to equip them for the formidable tasks He gave them:
Michael the Archangel defeats the devil
not only defeating Satan, but shepherding souls, guiding nations, and, yes, even governing the motions of the material universe itself.

That even in the 21st Century all these things are the work of angels --- along with so much more --- is news to modern men . . . and even to many faithful Catholics.
Because it should not be news, the late French Cardinal Jean Daniélou gathered from the works of the early Fathers of the Church countless ancient truths about the angels, and wove them into a compelling narrative in a slim volume entitled, The Angels and their Mission.
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From its pages, you'll learn why real angels have to preface almost every human encounter with the words, "Fear not!"
You'll come to know not merely the history-making roles they've played in the Old Testament, the New Testament, and even in other religions; you'll discover their activity in the Church today, in the Sacraments, at the time of your death, in the Second Coming, and in your own soul --- even at this very instant --- as you ponder whether angels are something you really need to know more about, or not.
Your angel knows that you do, and the Church's saints agree, including those Cardinal Daniélou turns to in this book: Origen and Eusebius, Sts. Basil, Ambrose, and Methodius; St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Clement of Alexandria, and St. John Chrysostom (among others).
Trust these saints who were on familiar terms with the angels. Turn to their words.
Soon you'll be as close to the angels as these saints were; and the angels will finally begin to play in your life the great role that God intends them to play.

Jean Cardinal Daniélou, S.J. (1905-1974) was a French Catholic theologian, historian, and author. Among his works are God and the Ways of Knowing and The Bible and the Liturgy. Toward the end of his life, he devoted much of his time to the poor.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011



It is always frustrating when you are trying to get a job done and then somebody you are relying on fails to deliver on his promises or responsibilities. It only gets worse when they give lame excuses. The worst ever excuse we can have, in my opinion, is “I didn’t feel like doing it!” This is such a lousy excuse, even tantamount to laziness and sloth put together, that it is virtually a sin. It is not acceptable when we allow our emotions to run our lives. Our emotions are meant to be servants, not masters. People talk about crimes of passion — well, that may be so, but such crimes could also be called crimes of truncated sensibility. That is, crimes that result from a refusal of the person to submit their action to common sense.

The king is inviting people to come and celebrate with him and all they do is make excuses for not coming. It is vital when someone as important as a king invites us to celebrate with him that we need to have a very serious reason to excuse ourselves from the affair. Let us never make the mistake of avoiding an invitation from God to be in His presence no matter what excuses we think we may have.

That the king then turns away someone who comes unprepared also indicates that moments of grace, once passed, do not return. Doors of opportunity open in our spiritual lives for a limited time and we need to be aware of them so that we do not miss them. The saints are experts at doing this and so if we want to learn how to improve our chances, let us commit to read about their lives and the way they responded to God’s call. The saints are not just there as ornaments to the Church but to be examples of holiness and discipleshipFr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
Do I tend to make excuses rather than remain faithful to my commitments? If so, what am I going to do about this?
Holy Spirit, help me to change for the better. Help me to know how I can become more faithful to my commitments and responsibilities.
Sts. Leo & Juliana, pray for us.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gospel Reading of the day - August 17, 2011

The parable of the landowner shows us that God does not count how we serve Him as man does. We look at how many hours a person has worked and reward him accordingly. Yet God gives to each one the same pay, no matter how many hours they worked. Here, God reveals His generosity and His desire that we all share in the gift of eternal life.
R: Alleluia, alleluia
The word of God is living and effective, able to discern the reflections and thoughts of the heart.
R: Alleluia, alleluia
Matthew 20:1-16
Jesus told to his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’ So they went off. And he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise. Going out about five o’clock, he found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’ When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers andgive them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’ When those who had started about five o’clock came, each received the usual daily wage. 10 So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’ 13 He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14 Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? 15 Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’ 16Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
my reflections
t h i n k : God reveals His desire that we all share in the gift of eternal life.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011



When Jesus says that it is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, He is not saying anything against the rich per se but merely making a statement regarding the difficulty they will face in pursuing a life of discipleship. Why is this the case? A simple answer to this question is the distraction that worldly riches give if people are not wary of them.

The world is given over to the accumulation of material possessions. This is the motivation that lies at the root of modern western democracy and there is no way that an individual can totally dissociate himself from this underlying reality. What the Christian needs to discover is how to live within the framework without being governed by it. That is, the overwhelming challenge we face is the struggle to maintain the focus on our Christian values over and above the pressures provided by the world. We cannot control the way the world works, so we have to find ways to work with the world in which we live.

This challenge is one that Christians have faced from the beginning and one that will be with us probably until Jesus comes again. It is the challenge of discipleship — maintaining a chosen lifestyle within the context of one that is often antithetical to the chosen one. One of the things we can do to help ourselves in our Christian calling is to avoid whatever will hamper our goals. This is where Jesus’ thoughts about the rich fit in. Worldly riches require an enormous amount of time and attention to maintain and will not necessarily add anything to our spiritual development. Thus, more often than not, they will be a distraction to our spiritual goals.

Riches are not the only things that can distract us. Commitment to any career can derail our spiritual lives. We need to be aware of these problems as we seek to grow spiritually. Awareness of the temptations of the world is a very big step in keeping them from unduly affecting our Christian commitment to grow in holiness.Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
Have I allowed the distractions of the world into my life to the detriment of my faith?
Jesus, help me to recognize the dangers that the values of the world pose to my spiritual life so that I can put measures to combat them.
St. Uguzo, pray for us.

Monday, August 15, 2011



One of the reasons why we need to remember the blessings of God is that they provide us the motivation we need to follow God. Blessings are a great motivation when it comes to taking on something that we know from the outset is going to be difficult and may involve suffering.

Discipleship requires motivation. Yes, the greatest motivator is love and that is precisely why God wants us to reflect upon His blessings as expressions of His love. The expectation of or for blessings may not be the purest of motivations but it certainly is a start in the right direction. We must always seek to grow in our faith and particularly in the desire to purify that faith in love. The challenge that this proposes to all Christians is enormous as we live in a world that is suffused through selfishness. This selfishness works directly against the true nature of love. It is time for us to rediscover the truth about love and become ambassadors for that truth as we follow wherever Christ leads us. If there is one thing that sets us apart as Christians, it should be love. Jesus recognized this when He told His disciples that the world will know we are Christians by the love we have for each other. (See John 13:34-35.) Christians are supposed to be witnesses to the true nature of love in the way we live.

This is true for each one of us. We cannot exempt ourselves, no matter what our situation may be. In fact, the effectiveness of the Church’s proclamation of the Gospel depends on our commitment in giving our selfless love to the world and all who live in it. Perhaps the best example of this is the men and women who live lives of intercession and penance in the many cloistered communities around the world.  Fr.  Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
How do I respond to my responsibility to live selflessly? What can I do to improve my capacity to love others?
Jesus, teach me to live a life that is committed to love others. Never allow me to become self-centered and thus become a false witness to true love.
St. William Freeman, pray for us.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The war we Catholics must join

Fahey writing.
From the desk of
William Fahey, Ph.D. 
President, Thomas More College
Publisher, Sophia Institute Press

Yesterday I heard for the first time a catchy song called Chicken Fried, which won a Grammy and sold more than two million copies by asking listeners to . . .
". . . salute the ones who died
so we don't have to sacrifice
all the things we love:

like our chicken fried,
cold beer on a Friday night,
a pair of jeans that fit just right,
and the radio up . . . ."
Now when my father's generation fought in Vietnam, I'm sure they sometimes wore jeans that fit just right, ate chicken fried, and drank beer while the radio blared.
But like all good soldiers, they fought for more than beer and blue jeans.
And without considering it for even a whole day, their enemy, Ho Chi Minh, rejected Lyndon Johnson's offer to invest a billion dollars in North and South Vietnam, to build schools and hospitals there, and even hydroelectric dams, and ship to Vietnam vast amounts of food . . . if only the North would lay down its arms.
Like our American soldiers, Ho Chi Minh and his people also fought for more than chicken fried and cold beer on a Friday night.

That war killed almost 60,000 Americans and more than a million Vietnamese . . . not for love of comfort (which good men renounce when the stakes are high), but for that which drives the greatest conflicts: the ideals of each side.
As World War II thrust Nazism against the West, so Vietnam flung Communism against it. In our day, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and groups driven by kindred ideals assail the West in new and deadly ways.

For them, men are
willing to die . . . and to kill.
Even to kill millions, as we saw in Stalin's Ukraine, Hitler's Germany, Mao's China, Pol Pot's Cambodia, and so many other killing fields in our sorrowful world.
Which is why it's critical that men and women come to know — and to act on — the right ideas: Catholic ideas and ideals.

For almost 30 years now, we here at Sophia Institute Press have been seeding our world with the right ideas in over 3 million copies of wise works of Catholic philosophy, theology, and spirituality rich with ideals which, if pressed into action,
. . . would end the slaughter of abortion and other evils that, in our day, have taken millions more lives than any war!

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And thousands of laymen worldwide have thanked us for freeing them from despair, and for drawing them or their loved ones back to the truth of Christ.
Hard times visited us again and again, but the good souls here persevered.
 Several months ago, we made significant changes to permanently correct our financial troubles so that we can survive long term. Unfortunately, this involved reducing staff and cutting expenses.
Those new austerities have left us funds enough to get back into print books filled with the right ideas — Catholic ideas — written by some of history's greatest Catholic authors, including . . .
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• Henri Daniel-Rops,author of Jesus and His Times
• Fr. Romano Guardini,
the German priest who profoundly influenced
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• And scores of other Catholic thinkers,many of whose works are not available anywhere else!
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These past 30 years, Sophia has accomplished many great things through personal sacrifice. Like American soldiers on battlefields across the world, we're happy to continue to sacrifice ourselves for ideals we know to be true.
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If Sophia can raise just $25,000 in the coming weeks, we'll quickly be able to bring an additional 20 of our books back into print — and publish four more titles that have never been published.
To win the battle of ideas, we must flood this world with scores of new editions of solid Catholic classics and with new works of Catholic philosophy, theology, apologetics, history, and even Catholic fiction.
But to do this, we need your help. Will you use this PayPal button to contribute $25, $50, or even $100 today so that I can get those twenty books back into print?
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With the help you give today,
Sophia will also print and distribute in the next three months alone an additional 40,000 Catholic books,placing them in the hands of souls seeking answers — answers only Christ and His Church can give. 

If you and I
don't do this
for the Church,
who will?

You know, in Vietnam our soldiers ran the good race and fought the good 
fight. They accomplished their mission, but Vietnam was lost anyway.
Here at Sophia we've run the good race and fought the good fight,
but we dare not risk losing this spiritual war . . . or all that may be left is chicken fried and cold beer on a Friday night!

Oh, in themselves, there's nothing wrong with chicken and beer. But man doesn't live by beer alone (not even good German beer).
That's why, generations ago, God fed the starving Israelites with manna in the desert. At the Last Supper, He fed us again with bread and wine, transformed into His holy Body and Blood.
Today, He yearns to feed us, too . . . with His sweet Truth. Not miraculously, but (as in the Communion line at Church) by means of the hands of our brothers and sisters, your hands and ours.
Holy Communion

Our hands here at Sophia have the skills necessary to produce handsome editions of solid Catholic books. With your financial support, we can use those skills to bring forth for our generation another three million Catholic books.
But we need your help to continue this work. Together, we can flood the world with the right ideals — Catholic ideals.
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Please help. And, as always, please pray for me, for Sophia's staff, and for the work we do each day on behalf of Christ and His Church.
Yours in Christ the King,
William Edmund Fahey, Ph.D.
President, Thomas More College
President and Publisher,
Sophia Institute Press
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Sophia Institute Press is the publishing division of
The publishing division of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and of Holy Spirit College.