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Time to step up our game and change the culture

1 Jul

familyPatrick Novecosky, editor of this blog, writes in the July issue Legatus magazine that the fight for religious liberty has only just begun as the secular left and activist judges attempt to redefine marriage and family.

In mid-July, I’ll meet my fourth son. While preparing this issue of the magazine, it occurred to me that even though he hasn’t been born, he’s got a tough road ahead of him.

This is our annual Family issue. We decided to dedicate an issue to family a couple of years ago when it was clear that this was a new front in the culture wars. The family has been under attack since Cain slew his brother, but secularists opened this front in a new way a few years ago by attempting to redefine marriage

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The battle for souls

16 Apr

by Patrick Novecosky

If there’s one thing that Lent has reminded me of, it’s that we’re at war. We’re in the thick of a battle for souls, and our eternal destination is one of two places.

Scripture and Church teaching are clear that heaven and hell are real — and that all souls in purgatory are destined for heaven. There’s nothing new in this. The battle for souls has been going on since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. However, it seems we’ve forgotten about the battle. In the comfort of our modern world, it’s easy to forget that 3,400 children are murdered via surgical abortion every single day in America. It’s easy to forget that the multi-billion-dollar porn industry is destroying marriages and warping people’s sense of reality. It’s easy to forget that Christian values are under assault from our own government.

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Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the 2014 Legatus Summit

Sen. Rick Santorum reminded Legatus members at its annual Summit last February that secularists are relentless in their efforts to change the culture, to remove every vestige of God and faith from the public square. Christians, he said, seem to have surrendered without a fight in the culture wars. His point is that we need to be equally relentless in our efforts to win back the culture — and, similarly, we need to be relentless in our efforts to win souls for Christ.

“America is broken because we’re afraid to fight,” he said. We must be committed, be all in, we must know what is on the line: “souls, eternal souls,” he said. “We don’t live in a time in America when we can afford to stop fighting.”

Legatus is the perfect venue for business leaders and their spouses to be formed for battle. Legatus exists to help its members “learn, live and spread the Catholic faith.” Formation happens at monthly chapter events, at conferences and pilgrimages, and through Legatus magazine. But that formation needs to be rooted in each member’s personal prayer and friendship with Jesus Christ. Without those roots, sunk deep into fertile soil, the culture will rip us out of the ground and blow us away like a tumbleweed rolling across the desert.

Bishop Daniel Jenky (left) strolls with Cardinal Raymond Burke

Bishop Daniel Jenky (left) strolls with Cardinal Raymond Burke

Post-Christian America is rarely friendly to those who take their faith seriously. In 2012, Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky told a group of Catholic men in his diocese: “We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction. In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work … we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for our salvation.”

We are on the front lines of this battle for souls, where every person we encounter has an eternal destiny. Let’s do all we can to get to heaven and take as many people with us as possible.

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is the editor of this blog and Legatus magazine’s editor-in-chief. This article appears in the May issue of Legatus magazine. It is reprinted with permission.

The Christmas Candle

29 Nov

ChristmasCandlePosterSmall-242x359 While there are many Christmas movies to choose from during the holidays, there are a rare few that actually have something to do with the true meaning of Christmas — the incarnation of the Word Made Flesh, Jesus Christ.

Based on a Max Lucado book by the same name, The  Christmas Candle certainly focuses on the impact of Jesus’ birth and ministry. Set in the fictional village of Gladbury, England, circa 1890, local legend holds that every 25 years an angel visits the town’s candlemaker and bestows a miracle upon whoever lights the “Christmas Candle.” However, shortly after the arrival of a new pastor, David Richmond (Hans Matheson), the candle goes missing.

Matheson, the Scottish actor best known for playing Marius in the 1998 Liam Neeson-starring version of Les Misérables, is often quite affecting as Rev. Richmond. Co-star Samantha Barks (Eponine in last year’s Les Misérables musical film) plays Emily Barstow, a religious skeptic and kindred spirit to the reverend.

sen-rick-santorum-promotes-his-new-film-the-christmas-candle-in-mechanisburg-43a5978c8450f28fDistributed by Rick Santorum’s EchoLight Studios, the film also marks the motion picture debut for British singing sensation Susan Boyle. She contributes an original song, “Miracle Hymn,” but the film would have been fuller with another song or two.

“It’s a film about Christmastime when a lot of people think God isn’t with them,” Santorum told me when I talked to him about the film a couple weeks ago. “A lot of people think they’ve been left out there on their own.”

tumblr_mj0gnz8ba21qi1p32o1_500Despite the collision of the ancient and the modern in this story, set at the dawn of the electric age, the film delivers on its Christmas message despite being short on polish and shine, making it come off like a Hallmark Channel movie (which isn’t always a bad thing).

“God is still the God of miracles,” Santorum said.  “He may not answer all our prayers the way we want, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t hear us and isn’t going to be there for us when we need him.”

 

The Christmas Candle is in theaters now. Rated PG. Run time: 105 min.

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is the editor of this blog and the editor-in-chief of Legatus magazine. This article appeared in the December 2013 issue of Legatus. It is reprinted here with permission.