Volume XXII: August 2019 to July 2020

Fr. 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.

The name of our parish paper, Contra Mundum, comes from the Latin phrase “Athanasius contra mundum” meaning “Athanasius against the world.” This phrase described our patron saint even in his own time, as he stood firmly for the fullness of the faith.


Issue 1. August 2019:

  • “Heaven on Earth” by The Reverend Deacon Michael J. Connolly
  • “The Growth of the Ordinariate,” remarks by Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP, well-known Catholic and Conservative Member of Parliament
  • “Seventy Times Seven,” sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “The Pilgrims Blessing of Roncevalles” for Steven Hardy prior to his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella
  • “To Pray for All Men” from a treatise on the Lord’s Prayer by St Cyprian
  • “Remembrances of Saint Jean Vianney” by Abbé Francois Trochu
  • “Consistent with Our Nation’s Traditions” from a concurring opinion by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in the American Legion v. American Humanist Association case

 Issue 2. September 2019:

  • “Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage” by parishioner Steven Hardy
  • “Our Lady of Walsingham” (and the four feasts in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in September)
  • “A Coin Has Two Sides,” a sermon by Fr Bradford
  • “Judaism Doesn’t Guarantee Pro-Choice” by Rabbi Avi Shafran
  • “From a Commentary on the Prophet Joel” by Saint Jerome

Issue 3. October 2019:

  • “The Genuine Thing,” a sermon preached by Fr Bradford
  • “A Redemptive Function To Perform,” an excerpt by C. S. Lewis
  • “Reason for Worry,” an article by Star Parker, a nationally known black conservative activist, author, and columnist, and founder of CURE
  • “British Martyrs: Saint Philip Howard” reprinted from Magnificat
  • “Open Wide the Doors for Christ,” an excerpt from a sermon preached by Pope St John Paul II
  • “Another St Francis” by St Francis of Paola

ISSUE 4. NOVEMBER 2019:

  • “Coming into Port after a Rough Sea,” an excerpt from Apologia Pro Vita Sua by St John Henry Newman
  • “Chronology of John Henry Newman” from The Catholic Response
  • “All Souls Day” by Pope Benedict XVI
  • “Possession of Our Selves,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Some Things Never Change,” a reading from 2 Peter
  • “Preparation for Death” by Anthony Bloom
  • “Open to the Love of God” by St Catherine of Genoa
  • “What a Christian Believes about Death” by H. A. Wilson
  • “Christ Came to Till the Soil” by Saint Macarius

Issue 5. December 2019:

  • “Our First Chaplain” by Fr Bradford
  • “A Letter from Mexico” by parishioner, David Burt
  • “Our Lady of Guadeloupe” by Fr Bradford
  • “Advent: The Beginning of the Church’s Year” and “Collect for Advent”
  • “St Thomas Becket” from Magnificat magazine

Issue 6. January 2020:

  •  “Called to Fullness” by the Provost from The Oratory Magazine
  • “The Pride of the Believer” by Saint Bernardino of Siena
  • “The Most Holy Name” by Richard Rolle of Hampole
  • “Placed at the Feet of Christ,” a sermon by Father Bradford
  • “Its Already Been Done” by David Mills, a contributing editor of the New Oxford Review
  • “The Issue Does Not Go Away” by Monsignor William M. Helmick
  • “The Truths We Teach” by Saint Augustine
  • “An Informed Conscience” by Father Bradford

Issue 7. February 2020:

  • “Coming into His Royal Presence,” an excerpt by The Provost from The Oratory Parish Magazine
  • “Gods Conscientious Attention” by Fr William M. Joensen from the 2018 Magnificat Advent Companion
  • “The Mouthpiece of the Infallible Church,” an excerpt  from Meditations for Layfolk by Fr Bede Jarrett, OP, an English Dominican priest and founder of the Blackfriars, Oxford
  • “Sermons Aimed at Them” by Father Bradford
  • “Within the Scope of Peace” by Pope Saint Leo the Great
  • “Why We Fast” by Fr Richard Veras, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and director of pastoral formation and a professor in St Joseph’s Seminary
  • “The Three Notable Duties,” an excerpt  of a sermon by Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.380-450), a Doctor of the Church.

Issue 8. March 2020:

  • “Another Silent Mountain Climb,” a Lenten sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “The Safe Hands of St Joseph” by Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (1627-1704), a French theologian and renowned preacher
  • “I Am Not White,” an excerpt by Thomas Storck who writes on Catholic social teaching and culture
  • “Gender Equality and Gender Ideology: Protecting Women and Girls,” a statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, at the United Nations, New York, 20 March 2019

Issue 9. April 2020:

  • “The Experience of Two People,” a sermon by Fr Bradford
  • “A Good That Was More Than Acceptable,” an excerpt by St Thomas Aquinas
  • “Another Letter from Mexico” by David Burt
  • “What Path Are We To Take” from an Easter letter from St Athanasius
  • “Prayer as Silence” by Tito Colliander
  • “Both of These” by Pope Benedict XVI

Issue 10. May 2020:

  • “Where Do We Look for Truth,” an article by The Provost from The Oratory Parish Magazine, a publication of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “The Forty Days,” an excerpt from a sermon by Pope St Leo the Great
  • “Our Permanent Dwelling Place,”  an excerpt from The Year of Grace of the Lord by Lev Gillet, a Ukrainian Greek Catholic convert to the Orthodox Church
  • “Mary as the Concretizer” by Hans Urs von Balthasar, a prominent Swiss priest and theologian
  • “Saint Matthias the Apostle,” an excerpt of a sermon preached by Father Bradford
  • “Fresh Wineskins,” an excerpt from a sermon by a 6th Century African author
  • “The Other Paraclete,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford

Issue 11. June 2020:

  • “A Wholly Creative and Energizing Reality,” an excerpt by Saint Athanasius from the First Letter to Serapion, Bishop of Thmuis
  • “The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,” an excerpt from a sermon preached by Father Bradford on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart and the Tenth Anniversary of Fr Bradford’s ordination as a Priest
  • “The Graces of the Sacrament,” an excerpt from The Catechism of the Council of Trent, published in 1566 and intended for the instruction of the clergy
  • “Hammer of Heretics,” an article from The Oratory Magazine on Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of the Church, commemorated on June 13th
  • “Bishop Allué: a Remembrance by Msgr William M Helmick”
  • “Missae Sine Populo,” an excerpt from an article by Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas in the May/June 2020 edition of The Catholic Response magazine

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