New Book — “Arriving”

Available from Justin Press, Ottawa, October, 2012 http://www.justinpress.ca/A collection of Michael D. O’Brien’s essays, reviews, and interviews examining the integral role of culture in the new evangelization: where we are gaining ground and where we are losing—and why.  

John Paul II’s Biblical Way of the Cross

Building on the worldwide interest in the Biblical way of the Cross established by Pope John Paul II, authors Amy Wellborn and Michael Dubruiel have written meditations that invite readers to walk with Christ from Gethsemane to his death and … Continue reading

Waiting

waiting

From the publisher’s release notes:


Waiting is a collection of five stories and reflections for Advent by the foremost of Canadian Catholic writers and artists, Michael D. O’Brien. The stories are suffused with the hope and gratitude characteristic of his work and reflect his extraordinary power to move the reader without resort to sentimentality. In Waiting, O’Brien faces the presence of evil in the world and shows us its ultimate powerlessness.

The book can be ordered from the publisher Justin Press at: www.justinpress.ca

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A Landscape With Dragons

 


 

A Landscape with Dragons is about the shift in literature from a Christian-based world view to that of a new and revised paganism. The author examines the difference between the two and shows how the pagan message is being packaged to appear as “Christian” writing. But he deals with far more than just the problem of deception. He is examining a major crisis in traditional culture.

 

O’Brien uses anecdotes from his family life experiences, skillfully woven, insightful, and often amusing. He begins with a story of his own childhood night-time fears and the wise way in which his mother helped him to overcome them. Having captured our attention, he then explores the fundamental struggle that every person encounters between courage and terror. At this point he introduces us to one of the most helpful subjects covered in the book: the role of symbols, fables, and fantasy in the development of the imagination and of a healthy world view.


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Introduction-Remembrance of the Future

The astounding event of April 10th, 2010, was a reminder of the fragility of human life and the fragility of relationships between nations. The plane crash at Smolensk that claimed the lives of President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and several key leaders of the Polish government, defies statistical probability, since they died only a few kilometers from Katyn. Moreover, their journey into Russia was for the express purpose of commemorating the massacres. It has been said in the world’s media that Poland has once again been “decapitated.” In a sense, this is so, because those who died were among the best and brightest of Poland’s elite. They had stood firm against the absorption-homogenization of their nation in the face of overwhelming opposition, particularly the agendas of the European Union, which has far exceeded the original vision of its founders and has sought relentlessly to create a continental super-state that sweeps aside the moral character of its member states. In one blow, much of the Polish policy that resisted both EU and Russian agendas was removed.

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