Tolle, Lege

“Take up and read!”

     A powerful part of St Augustine’s conversion (whose Rule we Canons Regular of St Augustine try to follow) involves these word: “Tolle, lege!” [Take up and read!]  In a moment of great confusion and sadness, sitting in a garden, a distraught Augustine heard a voice from a neighboring house, the voice, he says, of a child, chanting and repeating often, “Tolle, lege!”  This didn’t seem to make sense to him - why would a child be saying this over and over again? - so he took it as a sign from God. He immediately took up the Scriptures and read the first verse he could find: “… put on the Lord Jesus Christ …” [Romans 13: 14-15]. Augustine then recounts that immediately “a light of serenity infused my heart, all the darkness of doubt vanished away.”

     While we cannot promise the same results if you “take up and read” [or “download and read,” which would be “Extrahe ex rete, lege!” -- slightly less lyrical] the articles listed here, we have found them interesting and challenging (opinions presented therein are of the authors, and not necessarily our own).  So, if you’d like, please take them up and read (or view) them. Should you have any suggestions, please let us know.


No Church for Young Men Eric Sammons 1.9.20


Assault on Altar Boys: What Have We Done?  Dan Millette 11.25.19

Pray for a Miracle — An Initial Reaction to the Close of the Synod. Msgr Charles Pope. 10.28.19

I Asked Thousands of Biologists When Life Begins. The Answer Wasn’t Popular.  Steve Jacobs.  10.16.19

‘Joker’ is not a political statement … it’s a spiritual nightmare. by Matthew Becklo.  10.12.19

Manifesto of Faith by Gerhard Cardinal Müller.

Father James Martin and Catholic belief Archbishop Charles Chaput 9.19.19

‘Not conversion therapy’: Pulse nightclub survivors host rally for people who’ve left LGBT for Jesus Doug Mainwaring 9.16.19

Who benefits from all this talk of schism?  By Phil Lawler 9.17.19

‘The Great Scattering’: How Identity Panic Took Root in the Void Once Occupied by Family Life  Mary Eberstadt 8.27.19

Why returning to tradition speaks to Catholic millennials like me.  Dorothy Anne Merryman 8.28.19

"Luxury Beliefs" Rob Henderson 8.17.19

Famed Yale computer science professor quits believing Darwin’s theories Jennifer Kabbany 7.30.19

Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton — and Columbine  Archbishop Charles J. Chaput 

Jordan Peterson tells Bishop Barron that a church overemphasizing ‘mercy’ doesn’t ‘care’ about people.  7.18.19

Behold, the Millennial Nuns  Eve Fairbanks 7.11.19

Building A Culture of Religious Freedom Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. 7.9.19

THE AMAZON SYNOD GOES NATIVE by William Kilpatrick  7.3.19


A NEW KIND OF SACRAMENT by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. 6.10.10

DEATH BY LONELINESS  By Francie Hart Broghammer May 06, 2019

BENEDICT AND THE SCANDAL Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap posted 4.12.19 

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S CULTURE CLASH  Fr Dwight Longenecker - posted 4.4.19

FACING THE FUTURE WITH HOPE AND JOY +Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. - posted 3.27.19

Magical Birth Canal (video) About late term abortion laws - Posted 3/20/19 

Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro: Religion, Trans Activism, and Censorship (VIDEO)

New York, Abortion, and a Short Route to Chaos - Bishop Robert Barron - posted 1.29.19

Masculinity Is Not Our Enemy - Michael Gurian posted 1/26/19