Volume XVIII: August 2015 to July 2016

Father Richard Bradford and the Congregation of Saint Athanasius have published Contra Mundum, our parish paper, monthly since 1998 to provide religious instruction and news of the congregation.

Issue 1. August 2015:

  • “The Gains of August,” an article by the Reverend Deacon Michael Connolly
  • “Unity Through Mary,” an article by Donald Charles Lacy
  • “More about Cardinal Berulle,” from Father Bradford
  • “The Accessible God,”a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “The Most Christian King,” an excerpt from Frederick Perry’s Saint Louis, The Most Christian King

Issue 2. September 2015:

  • “The Three Goods of Marriage,” an article by Father Bradford
  • “The New ‘Final Solution’,” an article from Alive!, a monthly Catholic  newspaper published by the Irish Dominican Province
  • “All Things Come of Thee, O Lord,” an excerpt  from Spiritual Writings by Saint Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621)
  • “The Word Was Made Flesh,” an  excerpt from Journey up the River: A Midwesterner’s Spiritual Pilgrimage by Anne Husted Burleigh
  • “Faithful in Little Things,” an excerpt by Father Faber (1814–1863) from Growth in Holiness
  • “The Dignity of Human Life,” a brief article from the newsletter of The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants

Issue 3. October 2015:

  • “We Have an Advocate with the Father,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “Newman on the Rosary,” a reflection by Blessed John Henry Newman
  • “Saint Teresa Of Avila,” a foundress and Doctor of the Church (1515–1582), this article is used with permission from Magnificat
  • “A Strong Desire To Serve The Lord,” an excerpt from The interior Castle by Saint Teresa Of Avila
  • “St. Luke’s Day: The Beloved Physician” from an address by Michael Ramsey, 100th Archbishop of Canterbury to the British Medical Association in 1963
  • “Predestination” by Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855), a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, and social critic
  • “The Church and the Safety of Children,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford

Issue 4. November 2015:

  • “The Attempt To Kill God,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “The Church and the Family,”an excerpt is from an address by the executive director of The Catholic Action League,  C. J. Doyle
  • “Souls In Purgatory,” an article by the Provost from The London Oratory magazine
  • “The United Nations Agenda,” an article used with permission from the Catholic News Agency
  • “Suffering Fellow Christians,” an article by Father Patrick Armano, Parochial Vicar, from the parish paper of Saint Athanasius Parish, Reading, Mass.

Issue 5. December 2015:

  • “Bethlehem the Quiet Way,” a Christmas sermon by Father Bradford
  • “The Immaculate Conception,” a sermon by Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, preached in the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “Learning Our Redeemer’s Love,” an excerpt by Austin Farrer from The Crown of the Year
  • “The Heart Of The Lord,” an excerpt by Catherine Doherty from Donkey Bells: Advent and Christmas
  • “A Firm Foundation,” a sermon Fr. Bradford preached on the Feast of Saint John of the Cross

Issue 6. January 2016:

  • “The Maternity of Grace” by Mother Mary Maude, CSM, much-esteemed leader of the Anglican Community of Saint Mary
  • “The Great Act of Unforced Generosity” by Saint Cyril of Alexandria (c.376–444)
  • “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “Conscience and the Law” by Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus and a New York Times best-selling author

Issue 7. February 2016:

  • “The Tyranny of Our Passions,” an article by the Provost from the parish paper of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “Entering New Life,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “Never Lose Heart” by Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio, 1887–1968)
  • “In Times of Exhaustion” by Alan Ecclestone (1904–1992), an Anglican clergyman and spiritual writer
  • “Resurrection of the True Self” by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI from 2005–2013)
  • “First To Confess His Faith” by Saint Leo the Great, Holy Father from 440–451

Issue 8. March 2016:

  • “Stairway to Calvary,” an article by the Reverend Deacon Michael Connolly
  • “When Wounds Become Honors” by Julian of Norwich (c. 1342–1416), an important Christian mystic.
  • “The Beauty Of The Father’s Love” by Father Joseph F. Wilson
  • “How Many Times?,” a sermon by Father Bradford

Issue 9. April 2016:

  • “The Good Shepherd,”  a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “The Lord Asks For Mercy” by St. Gregory Nazianzen (c. 329–390)
  • “They Ran to the Place” by  Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
  • “Is There a Particular Judgment?” by James Likoudis, a Catholic apologist
  • “Mary and the Church” by Hans Urs van Balthasar (1905–1988) an important Catholic theologian
  • “By Making Our Body His Own” by Saint Athanasius
  • “Easter,” a poem by Edmund Spenser (1552–1599)

Issue 10. May 2016:

  • “Anglican Gifts,” an excerpt of an article published in the Parish Paper of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “Our Patron Saint,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “Part of the Larger Whole,” by Hilda Graef
  • “Hidden Treasures in the Trials” by St. John Of Avila
  • “Manual Acts” by St Bernardino Of Siena
  • “A Prayer for Mothers” by John R.W. Stott

Issue 11. June 2016:

  • “A Prince Of The Apostles,” an article by the Provost in The Parish Paper Of The Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “Looking For Excuses” by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • “Saint Thomas More,” an address by Father Bradford to the Thomas More Society at Boston College
  • “Divine Happenings,” an extract of a sermon By Saint Augustine
  • “The Love And Charity Of Mary’s Heart” by Saint John Eudes

Issue 12. July 2016:

  • “Desert Island Saints” by the Reverend Deacon Michael Connolly
  • “The Falsehood of Relativism” an excerpt from the doctrinal note on The Participation Of Catholics In Political Life
  • “Obstinate Unbelief” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “A Nun with a Difference” a book review by William Joliffe

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