Michael O’Brien-online video

Michael D. O’Brien talk at Trinity-Kolbe Academy, California, November, 2011,“Catholic Fiction in an Age of Illusions”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qqrn0h4e7Y Michael D. O’Brien interview with Fr. Joseph Fessio, publisher of Ignatius Press, November, 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qgp4zpyWlc

Battle with dictatorship of moral relativism

 

During the Aug. 19-20 annual LifeSiteNews staff meeting in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Catholic novelist and artist Michael O’Brien presented a talk highlighting spiritual emphasis related to the work of LifeSiteNews. The talk was spiritually challenging and placed our work in a profound perspective, one closer to the truth than our day-to-day perceptions grasp. Following are excerpts from Michael O’Brien’s comments that began following a request for him to share whatever insights he had for us, related to his extensive European travels and meetings with many leaders over the past year.


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Are We Living in Apocalyptic Times? (part 1)

The question is a volatile one and leaves plenty of room for a vast amount of commentary and interpretation. Indeed, our times seem to be rife with wildly differing interpretations of the meaning of the book of Revelation. In addressing our topic tonight, I hope to make a contribution to what should always be a sober discussion, yet is so often otherwise. Even so, I suppose that everything I am about to say on the matter this evening could be summed up in a single word: Yes.

Yes, we are living in apocalyptic times. But this needs qualification. The Church, the sacred scriptures, the saints, the approved mystical apparitions, all speak about the end times within the context I would like to lay before you.

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Are We Living in Apocalyptic Times? (part 2): Question Period

See the young people scattered throughout this crowd tonight. They are genuine heroes and heroines. They are the Church, they are the future,and we must feed them good food. They are the Body of Christ coming alive again in this dead zone, and if we neglect to nurture them we will be accountable for it on Judgment Day. We choose now. Not to choose is a choice. The kind of Church we will soon have in this country depends very much on how we choose. Unless we begin to see the nature of the problem accurately,and truly repent of our part in it, the Church is finished here. Unless there is an extraordinary change of heart, it is over. Throughout its long history the Church has died out in many regions of the world. Think of North Africa, which was once the glory of Christendom, think of other particular churches—they are gone! Why do we suppose that Our Lord has a huge investment in preserving a culture such as ours, in making this deathly civilization last a bit longer? He may do so, if there are “ten just men” still among us. And he may do so, if there is a widespread return to his holy will. Or he may not. It is not our task to weigh this matter, which is comprehensible only to God alone. Our task is to be faithful.

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Fatherhood and the Prodigal Son

All of us are to some degree afflicted with a tragically stunted image of who we are. This has never been so destructive in its intensity as it is in our times, when we are continually bombarded with false images of the meaning of human life, the meaning of the human person, and the ultimate destiny of man. We are saturated in anti-words, false words. In Jesus we have been given the Word made flesh, who shows us who we truly are and what we are to become. He does this not only through his teachings, but also by the witness of his life. God himself lays bare his heart in the total vulnerability of being fully human, to the point of permitting himself to be crucified. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, as the prophet Isaiah says. He knew joy, but he accepted the suffering of our state in life. He accepted it because he knew that in the passage through the eye of the needle, through the narrow gate, a great secret is to be found, that on the other side is a vast and beautiful kingdom—an infinite kingdom in which the beauty of God the Father is ever creating more and more beauty, more and more love.

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Developing a Spiritual Strategy for the Third Millenium

Transcript of a talk by Michael D. O’Brien at the National Prolife Convention,
Save the Planet’s People Conference, Toronto, November 25-27, 1999

We in the West have focused many of our battles against the culture of death through the intellect, and rightly so. The baptized intellect is an essential part of the struggle to push back the darkness, to establish, re-establish the civilization of love. But, to my mind, in the Western world we have lived for several centuries now with what I believe to be a catastrophic split within us—the split between the mind and the heart.

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Saving Lives—Saving Souls, A Spiritual Strategy for the Third Millennium

Transcript of a talk by Michael D. O’Brien at the National Prolife Convention,
Save the Planet’s People Conference,
Toronto, November 25-27, 1999

Dr. David Dooley: It is my pleasure to introduce Michael O’Brien. If I were to ask you, if we had a blackboard here and I asked you who your favorite Canadian novelists were, excluding of course Michael O’Brien, I would easily get a list of ten people like Margaret Atwood and Margaret Lawrence and so forth, but what would be interesting about the list would be that there would be no Catholics, and probably very few Christians in it.

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