June 1, 2022 archive

Book Review: Detox!

By DAVE BELLEFEUILLE-RICE Detox! The Spiritual Path of Jesus for 21st Century Men By Craig S. Pesti-Strobel. Resource Publications, 2021, 252 pages, $28.00 Author Craig Pesti-Strobel is a veteran United Methodist pastor. Weaving together his experiences of marriage, family, metanoia, prayer, and forgiveness with well-informed spiritual, psychological, and sociological scholarship, he offers us a quite …

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On A Mission

By TOM HOFFARTH I find myself on a mission. It has to do with separating truths from tall tales about the California mission system in general, and Mission San Gabriel in particular. Because things just got complicated. I am thankful for that. About 20 years ago, my then-4th-grade daughter had the mandatory elementary school project …

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The Boxer

By JEFF DIETRICH He rose abruptly, cracking the empty bottle of Thunderbird on the side of the curb. Waving his jaggededged weapon he crossed the street towards our soup line. Aubury Robinson, a former lightweight contender, was ready for action. I knew from past experiences of his bloody rages that I had to intervene. He …

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Neighborhood Prophets

By MEGAN RAMSEY My introduction to Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker was not originally through The Long Loneliness or Peter Maurin’s Easy Essays. Instead, the movement’s philosophy was passed down to me, secondhand and well-worn by the people who made up my world growing up. Some have referred to me as a second-generation Catholic …

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Until We All Get Over The Mountaintop

By MATT HARPER “All I have is a voice to undo the folded lie, The romantic lie in the brain Of the sensual man-in-the-street And the lie of Authority Whose buildings grope the sky: There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice… We must love one …

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Book Review: The Risk Of The Cross

By MIKE WISNIEWSKI The Risk of the Cross: Living Gospel Nonviolence in the Nuclear Age By Arthur Laffin. Twenty-Third Publications, 2020, 130 pages, $16.95 As a follow up to my article in the April Catholic Agitator (Nuclear Weapons: God’s of Metal), I offer a review of this notable and momentous book on nuclear weapons, their …

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Independence Day Reflection

By JOSHUA FLAUGHER In February 1993, I read the book, A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings And Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a momentous occasion because it prompted my journey on learning about Gandhi’s philosophy and method of nonviolence, coupled with Dr. King’s melding of Gandhian nonviolence with the Christian witness. …

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In Search of Prophets

By MATT HARPER Prophets are not just people who did good things or who modeled a way of being kind or compassionate. They are people who committed their lives to embodying the vision of God through their values, words, and actions. From the moment the sacred chrism of baptism kisses our foreheads, Catholics are called …

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June 2022 Catholic Agitator

The June 2022 Catholic Agitator is now online.   In this issue: (click to view or share individual articles) In Search of Prophets by Matt Harper Independence Day Reflection by Joshua Flaugher Book Review: The Risk Of The Cross by Mike Wisniewski Until We All Get Over The Mountaintop by Matt Harper Neighborhood Prophets by Megan …

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