But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you (1 Peter 3:15).
There is a growing tendency today among traditional Catholics, who had long fought in the trenches against modernism and its varied manifestations, to retreat into a bitter reclusiveness. It is a heavy attitude of heart, leaning more towards despair than hope. This corrosive malady of spirit afflicts those who are suffering from battle fatigue, which state seems to oppress them more than any cross they carried while in actual combat.
Loyal Catholics need not only the virtue of fortitude in these trying times, but we also need perseverance. In addition to habitual prayer, one of the best ways to maintain our steadfastness in the Faith is to grow continually in our knowledge of the Faith. This past conference presented a great opportunity to grow in the Faith, both in our knowledge of it and in our zeal to spread it. Without this knowledge we will not be effective in satisfying those who "ask a reason of that hope which is in [us]".
There were fourteen talks stretched out over a four-day schedule. These deliveries covered a wide range of Catholic themes. There was theology, philosophy, history of the Church, Marian exigesis, inspirational exhortation, polemics, apologetics, Church discipline, and even an introduction to the Byzantine Rite's spiritual treasury. Keeping to the theme of conforming the mind to reality, while one speaker presented a cursory history of Mohammedanism's onslaught against Christendom, others sang the praises of higher chivalry and Catholic joy. The topics covered the gamut of Catholic erudition, which all adds up to a treasure trove of wisdom.
We know how difficult it is to put aside the money and time to attend our conferences in person; however, by purchasing the tapes or CDs you can count yourself a part of the experience. You may have missed the social benefits of the convention, but don't miss out on the educational, which is far more important.
The recordings are all excellent quality reproductions. They would make a valuable gift for an interested neighbor, priest, religious, friend, or relative.
Theme: Conforming Our Minds to Reality: Truth, History, and the Present States of Affairs
Br. André Marie, M.I.C.M.
Dr. Donald Traub
Knowledge, Science and Wisdom; Boethius, St. Thomas, and the Development of an Orthodox Roman Catholic Conscience
Mr. Upton Savoie, Esquire
The Joy of Being Catholic
Mr. Jack Kenny
The Catholic Challenge for the 21st Century: Turning the World Upside Down
Mr. Gary Potter
Charles V, Father of Europe
Dr. Robert Hickson
Sloth, Disillusionment, and the Higher Chivalry: Evelyn Waugh's Elegiac Sword of Honor Trilogy
Mr. Gregory Lloyd
Light from the East: Spiritual Paternity, Key of Restoration
Mr. John Sharpe
The Triumph of the Catholic Cause: On Trust, Providence, and Action
Dr. Raymond Marcin
The Oath Against Modernism and the Present State of Affairs
Rev. Brian Harrison
Can an Implicit Faith in Christ Be Sufficient for Salvation?
Mr. C. Joseph Doyle
Christendom and Its Enemies
Br. André Marie, M.I.C.M.
The Magisterium on the Magisterium: Contributions to a Constructive Critique of the Council
Mr. Brian Kelly
The Magnificat: Hymn of the Incarnation
Br. Lawrence Mary, M.I.C.M.,Tert.
Criminalizing the Good Guys