DEACON RICK BAUER

DEACON RICK BAUER
May 15, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

At just the right time, the Catholic Church is blessed by a renewed kindling of love and devotion to St. Joseph. This new book is an outgrowth of that love, and a practical guide to renewing our own devotion to “our spiritual father.”


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April 17, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

Like two disciples in St. Luke’s Gospel walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus on Easter morning, through some strange set of affairs we seemed to have missed Jesus today. Perhaps we saw him on television or had an encounter via prayer. But we missed him in the Eucharist and with our brothers and sisters, and it might have caused our faith to shrink back a bit. But we are not of those who shrink back and are lost, but those who by faith hear the same words as came to Augustine in his garden, “tolle, lege,” which means “take and read.” May we find Christ opening himself to us the Scriptures, using words to call us closer in this time of testing.


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March 20, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, churches are shuttered, and we huddle in our homes, afraid of cellular microbes we barely understand. The old and infirm at greater risk, we worry for our loved ones and our faith community. Things may well get worse before they get better, but we are of a faith that has endured greater storms than we face even now. So as we hunker and bunker down, work from home, rush through the grocery stories looking for toilet paper (no, stop that!), we know that “everything works together for good for those who love the Lord and are called to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Perhaps time at home means more time with family.


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February 21, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

I’m guessing you’re Catholic.” Ania nodded. “Me too,” the tour guide replied. “They’d destroy the church in Poland if they could, but there are too many of us.” (Excerpt from “Ania: Behind the Iron Curtain” by Lois Chance, written in collaboration with Anna Kowal and published by Outskirts Press).


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January 17, 2020  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

Of all the books to select for review at the beginning of the new year, one would think the category we should most avoid is books on politics and culture. With a presidential election looming, international tensions mounting, and conflict in the Church, perhaps we are safer in probing mythic symbolism of the lilies of the field in the Sermon on the Mount. Is it really possible to identify some of the causal influences for the divisions in our society without tearing each other apart?


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December 20, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

The noted apologist and philosopher Peter Kreeft once observed the saints as ones who “had wandering minds, and to recall their constantly wandering mind-child home. They became saints because they continued to go after the little wanderer, like the Good Shepherd.” Let’s face it: our image of the saints tends toward the other-worldly — folks definitely not like we mere mortals, but rather “men and women that are amazing for their moral intellect, spiritual strength, and for the effects their choices and actions had on the birth of Europe and Western civilization,” (from Saints that Changed the World, Moderno, Italy). I always felt that we love and admire the saints simply because they are just not like us at all.


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December 6, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

Thoughtful Catholics like to read, and it’s always a joy to recommend good Catholic books to give as gifts. This year we’ve sorted them by several themes, so you can root around and have a selection of good ones. All are thoroughly Catholic, thoroughly Christian, and well written. So, go get your shopping list, get a cuppa, sit down, and let’s go shopping!


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October 18, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

Every once in a decade or so, a book comes into our lives that could seem to be inspired of God, that puts forth an urgent plea to the reader, something that reads like a letter to a spouse contemplating a separation or divorce. “Wait”, the grieving spouse pleads, “I want to open my heart to you. Please listen; don’t leave me.”


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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Proverbs and other Manly Virtues

Helpful reading for men, women and their children
September 6, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

This month’s book review features four books — two written by authors from our own diocese — that are designed to help readers grow in virtue and develop their prayer lives. Each one would make a great gift on its own, especially during this time of year when Catholic parents are thinking of ways to help their college-bound children to remain strong in their faith.


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June 22, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

The final book in J.R.R. Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy — “The Return of the King” — begins with Aragorn, Gimli, Gandalf, and others journeying from Helm’s Deep to Isengard. There they find two Hobbits, Merry and Pippin, feasting on salted pork and smoking the legendary Longbottom Leaf tobacco among the ruins of the city. 


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May 17, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

The more we honor the Blessed Virgin, the more we honor Jesus Christ, because we honor Mary only that we may the more perfectly honor Jesus, since we go to her only as the way by which we are to find the end we are seeking, which is Jesus.”

So begins what is, in the minds of many a saint — and many a living disciple of Jesus, — the best book on the veneration of Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, Mother of God, and Queen of Heaven. “True Devotion to Mary” is St. Louis de Montfort’s classic statement, written from sermons preached by this priest while traveling by foot across France in the late 18th century, of who Mary is, and what role she should play in our hearts and spiritual lives.


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April 19, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
Spring is back in Colorado! Gone (we hope) are the snowstorms, replaced with the chirping of birds at morning, the budding of our trees, and the joys of lingering afternoon sunshine — hints and promises of spring. So why engage in spring cleaning when there are good books to read? This month we’ve selected a few that will bless you in particular ways — in heart, body, mind and soul.
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March 15, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
Lent is upon us, and hopefully we are upon Lent. This season of prayer and penance is set apart by the Church to prepare us for Holy Week and Easter. As we know, through voluntary amendment of life, acts of penance, and works of charity, we prepare our hearts, similar to those who in serious prebaptismal formation contemplate their own burial with Christ. Among specific works of charity is a rekindled devotion to the scriptures and to “holy reading” (with Lectio Divina or specific books that help us on our own Calvary road). 
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Praying for Priests

A Mission for the New Evangelization
February 1, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
The purity of the church is undergoing a time of testing. While some are confused, others are angry. Still others are greatly discouraged, and not a few consider leaving because their faith has been badly wounded. While these may indeed be times that try men’s souls, as Thomas Paine said early in our American history, it is also the time for lay men and women to seize Heaven with their prayers for repentance and renewal.
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