Summer is a great time for some relaxation and time spent with family, but it's also a great time to deepen the spiritual life. After a busy year and before the Fall craziness, summer is the perfect time to start looking inward and to feed our souls and our minds in a matter that deepens our relationship with Christ. AND SO, this year, A.B.V.M. challenges you to our SUMMER CHALLENGE.
The rules are simple: read these two short books at your leisure. Then, for those interested in discussing them, Fr. Loomis will meet weekly beginning September 18th @ 7:30pm for some good discussion
This short but powerful novel is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis’s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside.
As you read this novel, consider the various characters and what enables them or prevents them from completing their own journey to heaven.
Building off the scriptural foundations of the anti-Christ, Carrie Gress makes an in-depth investigation into the idea of an anti-Mary—as a spirit, not an individual—that has plagued the West since the ’60s. Misleading generations of women, this anti-Marian spirit has led to the toxic femininity that has destroyed the lives of countless men, women, and children.
The antidote to the anti-Mary is, of course, Mary, the Mother of God, known widely as the most powerful woman in the world and the source of the belief that women ought to be treated with dignity. She is a beacon of all the virtues and qualities—purity, humility, kindness, beauty—that oppose this sinister force that has cast its spell upon so many women. Mary’s influence is unparalleled by any woman in history. She is the perfect model of Christian femininity, who desires to be a spiritual mother to us all, leading us to her Son, and to the fulfillment of our heart’s deepest desires.