Cor Jesu Sacratissimum: From Secularism and the New Age to by Roger Buck

By Roger Buck

The Cor Jesu Sacratissimum is the center of the realm, the thrashing middle of the Church, yet that fact turns into ever extra obscured in our glossy age. This book's venture is strictly to reveal and deal with those obscuring forces: the New Age circulate, globalized secular tradition born of the Enlightenment, the often-hidden legacy of Protestantism within the Anglo-American international, and, probably such a lot baneful of all, the liberal excesses in the Church Herself, unleashed after Vatican II. It info additionally the non-public trip of a Catholic convert, as soon as submerged within the New Age, who discovered liberation in Catholic Tradition. Drawing upon his intimate wisdom of all issues New Age, Roger greenback first unveils its japanese origins in a fashion that is going a ways past what so much Christian and Catholic books ever say at the topic, after which confronts head-on the obvious loss of life of Christianity within the West. For, increasingly, he argues, Westerners face a sad selection among Secularism or a imprecise post-Christian New Age spirituality that subtly and insidiously depersonalizes what's actually human. the one resolution, he contends, involves restoring not just Catholic tradition, but additionally the spirituality of the Sacred middle of Jesus, born in France on the cusp of modernity. The ebook owes an strange debt to the Catholic thinkers Valentin Tomberg and Hilaire Belloc, in addition to the author's personal event of dwelling in France and Ireland--all of that are explored during this own cry from the center: a cry for Christendom renewed.

"In this based banquet of a e-book, Roger Buck--master of the web publication of a similar name--expertly skewers the trendy global, with its dual horrors of boastful materialism and non-specific 'spirituality.' yet he does this with no drop of malice in his compassionate soul. really, he strives to rip away the choking illusions of modernity, to bare the intense, shining love and fact on the heart of the universe--symbolised by way of the Sacred center of Jesus, and incarnate within the Catholic Church and her Sacraments. dollar cuttingly diagnoses, yet lovingly prescribes."--CHARLES COULOMBE​, writer of Puritan's Empire and Everyman this day name Rome

"Roger greenback is going to the center of the matter paralyzing our broken-hearted global. As a seeker after fact, he first notion he may locate it within the New Age move, yet ultimately came upon it within the goodness and sweetness of the Catholic Church, relocating past the spirit of the age to the Spirit who strikes all ages."-- JOSEPH PEARCE​, writer of knowledge and Innocence: a lifetime of G.K. Chesterton

"In Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, Roger greenback lines his journey--geographical, metaphorical, and mystical--from New Age adventurer to Catholic traditionalist, from religious dilettante to repentant wayfarer, from misplaced to came across. alongside the way in which we're taken care of to spiritually wealthy meditations on politics, economics, social activities, modernity, the religious risks of our age, and the everlasting mysterium of the Church. yet Roger dollar doesn't basically describe his personal trip. No, he holds our instances as much as a reflect and indicates us our personal faces. And with nice clarity."--MICHAEL MARTIN​, writer of The Submerged truth: Sophiology and the flip to a Poetic Metaphysics

"Roger greenback has performed a very good provider to the Church by way of his cautious and well-informed examination--both charitable and unflinching-- of the hot Age, and his dialogue of wider concerns within the Church from the point of view of a former New Age begin. greenback exhibits that the hot Age is an try out, besides the fact that wrong, to flee the materialism of modernity, and that it truly is Catholicism in its conventional forms--with its secret and formality, its sacramentals, artwork, and pious practices--that can most sensible show the titanic fact of the agony and love for all mankind of Christ's Sacred center to these trapped within the fake mysteries of the hot Age."--JOSEPH SHAW​, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society of britain and Wales

"This insightful e-book touches on one of many maximum demanding situations of our time--how will we evangelize these shaped through a brand new Age spirituality they think about greater to whatever the Church has to supply? during this appealing, semi-autobiographical mirrored image, Roger dollar (himself a convert from the recent Age) bargains his resolution: even supposing these misplaced within the New Age are not going to be swayed by way of arguments, they are often deeply touched through the presence of Christ himself within the sacramental mysteries and cultural richness of real Catholic piety. it truly is Christ himself who evangelizes, and we needs to cooperate with the ability he has positioned at our disposal."--GERARD O'SHEA​, college of Notre Dame, Australia; writer of As i've got enjoyed You

"Roger greenback is likely one of the only a few authors writing at the present time who grasps the intimate connection among Catholic religion and Catholic tradition, and acknowledges that the shortcoming of this sort of tradition has a really deleterious influence on Catholic lives. For the main half, American Catholics of all ecclesiastical stripes haven't any suggestion how a lot their outlook on political, social, or even spiritual issues has been formed by means of the Protestant milieu within which they reside. analyzing Roger greenback may simply supply them the opportunity of an get away from the felony of the dreary highbrow and non secular global of Protestant culture."--THOMAS STORCK​, writer of From Christendom to Americanism and past

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But, self-evidently, it was steeped in the dominant values of the Anglosphere over the last centuries. Naturally, this means it possessed a distinctively secular hue. It also means it was rooted in the philosophical and scientific materialism, which gave birth to secular culture. This American matrix was also commercially materialist in its capitalist nature. Its culture was largely generated by corporate drive for material success. Last but not least, the matrix was profoundly formed by the Reformation.

If so, could this dogma render New Agers blind to the Church, because they are all too self-assured that whatever the Church offers is already subsumed beneath their “perennial and universal” New Age umbrella? This book offers a meditation on such questions after more than three decades of personal experience with New Age spirituality. The first two decades involved profound sympathy with the New Age movement, during which I worked actively to promote it. But for over a decade now, I have grown ever more disturbed by the New Age, even whilst I continued to engage old friends and family bound up with the movement.

Thus, I try to throw open windows to the Mystery at the Heart of the Church. For Our Lord Jesus Christ is One of us and His Heart is still beating still for us all. One may meet the God-Man through His Church, if one practices Her traditions and receives Her Sacraments. One can meet the Mystery of Divine Humanness and draw strength in this dehumanizing world. On Vatican II Alas, however, a problem exists here. For the Catholic Church is in grave danger of losing many of her traditional practices, since the time of the Second Vatican Council ( 1962 – 1965 ).

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