Let’s Talk Romance

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The Guy Holding The GirlfriendMany of the authors of the ASPA consider themselves romance writers.  So what is romance anyway?  It seems fairly straightforward, but as it turns out, a concise definition is a little difficult to pin down.

According to the Romance Novelists’ Association :

“The trouble with trying to define a romantic novel is that there are so many sub-genres. The words romantic novel cover an amazing variety. It’s like stepping-stone into the most beautiful old English country garden, a hollyhock here, a cowslip there, different, but each perfect in its own way.”

That’s a pretty poetic way to say that Romance comes in a great many forms.  Readers are offered a plethora of romantic choices.  Wikipedia lists ten different sub-genres of romance: Contemporary romance, Historical romance, Romantic suspense, Paranormal romance, Science Fiction romance, Fantasy romance, Time-travel romances, Inspirational romance, Multicultural romance, and Erotic romance. 

And even that list misses the mark…

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Free ebook: “The Trumph of the Cross” by Girolamo Savonarola

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  • The Triumph of the Cross, by Fra Girolamo Savonarola, translated from the Italian by the Very Rev. Father John Procter, STL (London: Sands & Co.; Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son, 1901). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library; and in various formats at the Online Library of Liberty.

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Free ebook: “The Truth of the Divinity of Christ”, by William F. Robison

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  • “His Only Son”: The Truth of the Divinity of Christ, by William F. Robison, S.J. (St. Louis, Mo.; London: B. Herder, 1918). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats (pdf, text, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive.

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“That admirable and divine unity, therefore, must neither be separated into three divinities, nor must the dignity and eminent greatness of the Lord [Jesus Christ] be diminished by having applied to it the name of creation, but we must believe in God the Father Omnipotent, and on Christ Jesus His Son, and on the Holy Spirit. Moreover, that the Word is united to the God of all, because He says, I and…

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#349 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Cenobites

One cannot overestimate the importance of Pachomius and Pachomian monasticism upon the development of religious life in the Catholic Church. His emphasis on the importance of living together in community as the means for obtaining holiness will not only influence monasticism throughout the East and West, it will set the foundation for all religious communities up to the present day.

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Information on Pachomian monasticism including links to description of Pachomian monasteries

James E Goehring, “Withdrawing from the Desert: Pachomius and the Development of Village Monasticism in Upper Egypt”, The Harvard Theological Review, Vol. 89, No. 3 (July 1996), pp. 267-285.

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The Death of Bigoted Writer Victor Thorn 

An evil man and a promoter of lies and hatred is now dead by his own hand, even though, just like with everything else, there are those who will create ridiculous conspiracy theories to blame others on his death.

Victor Thorn, wasted his life penning books that promoted racial and religious hatred, especially Antisemitism, in addition to ridiculous conspiracy theories involving the Clinton, until he ended it yesterday.

While it may sound bad to rejoice in someone’s death, I hope that his end in this world will be a harbinger that the future will see last people like him, a hater of others based on their faith or ancestry, in a world where many of us not only have friends, who differ from us in these ways, but family members. My family has Baptists, Catholics, Jews and those who do not practice any religion.

I, personally, like the image in my head of him facing a Jewish messiah in the afterlife, who asked him, “Why do you persecute me?”

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Catholics React Swiftly and Strongly to Archbishop’s Restrictive Guidelines

Pastoral guidelines excluding LGBT people from church ministries and encouraging same-gender couples and others to refrain from Communion have provoked strong responses in the Philadelphia area. Ar…

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The Benefits of Reading

An excellent blog by Lisa Orchard on the benefits of reading, including as a coping mechanism. (Is it ever!)

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Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another post about Reading. Since reading for pleasure is on the decline, I thought I’d write about the benefits of picking up a book. There are many, let me tell you.

We already know that there’s a link between Reading and Empathy. ( For more information on that topic, click here https://lisaorchard.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/the-link-between-reading-and-empathy/  )

But did you know that reading reduces stress? It’s true. Since I’ve had kids, I’ve put reading on the backburner. It’s only within the last couple of years that I’ve picked it back up again. I’m so glad I did! I enjoy reading immensely, especially when I’m stressed. Studies show that by picking up a book and reading for just six minutes you can decrease your stress level by sixty eight percent. It’s a great way to deal with the stressors of everyday…

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