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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: The Catholic Faith of J.R.R. Tolkien

by Deacon Rick Bauer

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Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien (the initials stand for John Ronald Reuel) influenced millions through his popular writings of  fictional tales of a world called Middle-earth. His introduction to this world, “The Hobbit” (published in 1937), was later greatly expanded into an epic tale of war, courage, beauty, grace, and friendship called “The Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) trilogy, which consists of “The Fellowship of the Ring” (1953), “The Two Towers” (1954), and “The Return of the King” (1955). Many have read these works growing up; still more have been pleased by the cinematic rendition of these works by Peter Jackson.

THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Fall Harvest: Classic Catholic Spirituality & Memories of Benedict XVI

by Deacon Rick Bauer

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Father Matthias Joseph Scheeben (1835–1888) was a German Catholic theological writer and mystic. The generations that followed Scheeben regarded him as one of the greatest minds of modern Catholic theology, but his writings have not always been available to the lay reader.

Book titles to add to one’s fall reading list

by Deacon Rick Bauer

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Sometimes, we Catholics get our heads stuck on a particular challenge in the church and don’t realize how it may be affecting other faith traditions. So it is with “The Great Dechurching” (Jim Davis and Michael Graham, Zondervan Press, 2023), a thoughtful and accurate depiction of the largest and fastest religious shift in U.S. history.

While as a deacon and a writer I tend to pray about the challenges that the Catholic Church faces (scandals, politics, programs, recovery from COVID, etc.), I completely missed the broader trends affecting virtually all Christian churches in America.

First holy Communion: Five books that make excellent gifts

By Elizabeth Scalia

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May is the month of Mary, and in most parishes it is the month when many of our young Catholics receive Communion for the very first time. The celebrations are joyful, but sometimes gift-giving can be problematic. Money is a common (and always welcome) gift for the first communicant, but it can also feel distant to some givers.

THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Meeting Jesus Again - Insights into the Christ; Helpful Guides for the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration

by Deacon Rick Bauer

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He is risen, indeed! We hope that all our readers had a meaningful Lenten and Easter observance. The liturgical calendar provides an opportunity to experience Lent and Easter with continued spiritual growth in our lives that we treasure.

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    FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Wildcat 0 Arts & Culture
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    FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Wildcat

    NEW YORK. A blending of historical facts and Southern gothic fiction proves unstable in the biographical and literary drama “Wildcat” (Unrated, Oscilloscope). As a result, director and co-writer Ethan Hawke achieves only mixed results...

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