October, 2014

Missionary Letter Fall 2014

Prior to last month, I didn’t know one married person served by A Simple House. In the neighborhoods we visit, I simply had never met one. Many of the women have had children with multiple men, and it is rare for them to expect a long-lasting relationship. Some view marriage as an ideal meant for other people but not for themselves. For others, it just isn’t a priority. They lack examples of successful marriages in their neighborhoods and families. Without any models, they don’t envision themselves in a successful marriage.

New Take on Salvation History: “What is the Good News?”

This covers the most important ideas in the Simple House training manual.  It starts by digging into original sin, and it ends with the final Judgement.  There will be a part 2!

This video seems especially relevant because of the media chatter about the doctrine of gradualism in the Catholic Church.

Papal Zingers: Liberal and Traditionalist Errors

The Synod on the Family has created a confused media storm.  The workings of the Church are impenetrable to secular analysis.  To clear up a few abused papal stereotypes, consider Pope Francis’ closing remarks. He really hit the nail on the head.

The Traditionalist Temptation: “a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve. From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.”

The Liberal Temptation: “The temptation to a destructive tendency to goodness [it. buonismo], that in the name of a deceptive mercy binds the wounds without first curing them and treating them; that treats the symptoms and not the causes and the roots. It is the temptation of the “do-gooders,” of the fearful, and also of the so-called “progressives and liberals.”

Book Club Calendar 2014 3.0!

Please feel free to join either of our book clubs.  Dinner is always provided, and book club dinner starts at 6:30pm.  Please email or any volunteer to get the address where the next book club is meeting. The Simple House Book Club meets in Washington, DC on the second Monday of the month.
The Simple House Book Club in KC has had a schedule change and it will meet on the first Monday of the month.   Due to the schedule change, November will be a short month for the KC book club.  The club will be ready Pope Francis’ encyclical, Lumen Fidei.

Simple House Podcast on Itunes!

Simple House content is being repackaged for car rides and other audio situations. You can find the audio podcasts on itunes. You can find the podcast by searching “A Simple House” in the podcast section of your itunes program. You can also download the podcasts app onto your phone or tablet. Please enjoy these talks as you drive, work, or workout!

Are you Herod?! Fr. Adam

Fr. Adam continues a discussion on managing thoughts. He reviews Dr. Zhivago and asks the serious question, “Are you Herod?”

This video is from the Simple House Winter retreat at Conception Abbey 2014.