Holy Spirit Coming by He Qi. Used with permission.
Paraclete Magazine is the web’s newest online independent Catholic magazine and it’s free of charge to all readers.
The magazine’s tagline is Stories That Matter. Over a century ago, Leon Bloy, the noted French novelist, essayist, pamphleteer, poet and convert to Catholicism wrote
The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint. To that end – holiness, all magazine content will be directed.
Why Paraclete Magazine?
In his most recent book Strangers In A Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post Christian World (February 2017), Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia gives a sobering analysis of our current culture. In one observation, he notes “Discontinuity, more and more, drives American life.” By this he means that nations and cultures depend on a continuity of generations to transmit beliefs, values and memories across time. Since the 1960’s, we’ve steadily lost interest in the past. While some small groups of individuals may courageously strive to maintain these links, culturally it’s gone. Our culture, rather, is marked by rebellion, extreme individualism and a vociferous appetite for self-invention.
Somewhat prophetically, during the 1960s on Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye began singing to us why tradition was crucial: “And because of our traditions, every one of us knows who he is, and what God expects him to do.”
In 1983, St. Pope John Paul II called for a New Evangelization as he saw a de-Christianized world awash in secularism.
In other words, the new evangelization pertains to a very specific group of people: fallen-away Christians.
So what can be done?
In the Contemplation of Beauty (2002), Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) penned the following:
Pope Benedict’s insight will be the driving force of Paraclete Magazine.
The man behind the curtain
That would be me, Geoffrey Wade. I live in Philadelphia, PA with my beautiful wife of 38 years. We have five children, all grown, of which we are immensely proud of.
I am a web developer by trade. I build beautiful and affordable websites that are fast, secure and easy to manage using state of the art development technologies. For more information or simply to ask a question, check me out on gotwade.com. I’ll normally respond within 24 but usually much sooner.
I’m a self-taught creative, a creative-lite if you will. Check me out on behance.net and say “hi”.
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And yes, for now, Paraclete Magazine is an apostolate of one.
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Veni, Sancte Spiritus!