Anthony DeStefano Sophia Institute Press, 40 pages
Here’s a unique way to teach young children about Mary, the mother of Jesus: through her clothing. Our Lady’s Wardrobe takes the child through events in Mary’s life, particular mysteries of the rosary, and several of Mary’s more prominent apparitions around the world. The illustrations by Juliana Kolesova are strikingly beautiful, truly colorful and exquisite, and Anthony DeStefano’s simple verses express the story of each Marian scene portrayed. There’s even a word of encouragement to make use of Mary’s sacramentals. It’s an ideal gift book for your young children and grandchildren, one that is sure to enhance their love and appreciation for our Blessed Mother.
Great ironies abound in contemporary secular thought. Advocates of tolerance are often decidedly intolerant of religious faith. Christianity is blamed for social ills that find their solution in the teachings of Christ. And secularists, in denying religious faith a role in public policy, effectively make a state religion out of irreligion. Legate Anthony DeStefano’s latest book attacks atheism with withering arguments and a sharp wit. “Human beings cannot survive without hope,” he writes, “and atheism is the philosophy of hopelessness. That’s why it’s been such an utter failure throughout history.
The “religiously unaffiliated” – also known as the “nones” – is now the second largest “religious group” in the U.S, making up almost a quarter of the population. The “none” worldview is especially popular with today’s youth, who have been seduced by the confident, firebrand styles of atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris, and are attracted by the idea of a hedonistic, self-absorbed culture with no moral truths.
Here are three ways Catholics can fight against the phenomenon of increasing “nones.”
1 • Be a REAL Catholic
In the final analysis, the only reason atheism is thriving in the U.S. and Europe today is because “believers” allow it. Not the true believers— not the ones whose belief is reflected in their behavior—but rather, the ones for whom God has little or no relevance in life. These are the “Cafeteria Catholics,” who pick and choose the tenets of faith that are easiest to follow; and the ones who end up promoting values just as secular as those of the culture. These folks are essentially “functional atheists,” and it is partly because of them that “nones” have flourished in recent decades.They’ve given atheists so much breathing space and nourishment that it’s been possible for them to increase their ranks and spread like a plague to every segment of western society.
2 • Be a knowledgeable Catholic
Atheism is a bankrupt belief system—and Catholics need to understand and articulate why. What “nones” don’t seem to know is that the greatest contributions to civilization have been made by believers.
Aristotle, Bacon, Da Vinci, and Newton all believed in God. So did the fathers of chemistry, brain surgery, and rocket science. Even the Big Bang Theory was proposed by Fr. George Lemaitre, an astronomer and Catholic priest! And the father of genetics—which provides the basis for the whole theory of evolution—was Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian monk!
Atheists all fall into the same logical fallacy known as “scientism” – the belief that all knowledge must be scientific in nature. They think that everything in life has a purely material basis; that all thoughts, dreams, emotions, philosophies, and arts are purely the result of the movement of molecules. That’s not science—it’s superstition.
Ironically, atheists make a whole slew of assumptions that can’t be proven scientifically. For instance, they believe that the incredibly complex universe—a universe of unparalleled beauty, harmony, and order—came about all by itself, out of nothing; that organization came out of chaos, life came out of lifelessness, consciousness came out of non-consciousness. None of these beliefs can be shown empirically. None of them make sense! Atheists must be called out on this.
3 • Be a confident Catholic
All people are attracted to certitude. It’s time Catholics started acting like they were sure of their faith, instead of behaving as if they were ashamed of it. We are the religion of scholarship, artistic achievement, and true science. We are the religion of peace.
Atheism, on the contrary, has been responsible for more death, carnage, and persecution than any system of beliefs the world has ever known. In the last 100 years alone, atheist regimes — including those of Stalin, Mao, Hitler, and Pol Pot — have killed over 150 million people.
Moreover, atheists are driving this frightening culture of death—a culture in which up to 50 million abortions take place annually, and euthanasia and assisted suicide are becoming routine worldwide.
In summary, if Catholics live their faith devoutly and articulate it with intelligence and confidence, the fruits would be so abundant that the “nones” could never gain a societal foothold.
They simply wouldn’t be able to take root and grow.
ANTHONY DESTEFANO is bestselling author of over 15 books, his latest being Inside the Atheist Mind: Unmasking the Religion of Those Who Say There Is No God. Host of two EWTN TV series and recipient of many awards, he is a longtime pro-life activist with Priests for Life. He and his wife, Jordan, are members of the Jersey Shore Chapter.
Anthony DeStefano Servant, 2015 32 pages, hardcover $14.99
The Gospels record very little of Jesus’ childhood, but DeStefano’s heartwarming new book brilliantly fills in the gaps.
His tenderhearted tale illustrates Our Lord’s compassion for all his creatures — especially the lost and rejected.
This beautifully illustrated children’s book tells the tale of a scraggly, smelly little puppy who never loses hope that one day he will find a home of his own with a family to love. One rainy night, his dream comes true in an unexpected way when he meets a very special family.
More than just a superb story, DeStefano delivers a teaching book — a true treasure for readers young and old
DeStefano’s latest is subtitled “Transforming Yourself from Head to Soul” …
Travel Guide to Life
Anthony DeStefano FaithWords, 2014 272 words, $22 hardcover
Anthony DeStefano inspires with his latest, subtitled Transforming Yourself from Head to Soul. He describes the deeply meaningful and happy life that God wants us to live, outlining the path that can lead each of us to renewed faith, understanding and fulfillment.
With simplicity, honesty and a practical look at the challenges God places before us, DeStefano outlines a reassuring, yet hopeful framework for the life God has designed for us. He writes that when we take up our crosses and follow Jesus, He will transform it all, granting us the strength, peace and happiness for which we yearn.
DeStefano’s remarkable story of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem . . .
The Donkey That No One Could Ride Harvest House, 2012 32 pages, $15.99 hardcover
Just in time for Easter, DeStefano delivers an inspiring version of the beloved Bible story of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem by introducing the young donkey who has yet to realize his important mission.
The lowly creature believes he can do nothing noble, but that’s before he meets the Master. Richard Cowdrey’s colorful illustrations pair beautifully with the author’s delightful rhymes. Together, they bring the timeless story of the donkey that carries Jesus into Jerusalem to a joyful finish.
DeStefano tells the Christmas story in a beautiful and unique way in this book . . .
Little Star WaterBrook Press, 2010. 40 pages, hardcover
As an author and pro-life advocate with Priests for Life, DeStefano has always looked out for “the little guy.” His latest book follows that trend. Christ is about to be born, and all the stars compete to see who can shine the brightest. But when they see the poor family, the donkey and the shabby stable, they think, “That can’t possibly be a king. We’ve been fooled.” But Little Star understands what the king is about to bring to the world. Little Star is certain to become a Christmas classic!
In his new book, DeStefano assures children that God is always near and listening . . .
This Little Prayer of Mine WaterBrook, 2010.
40 pages, $12.99 hardcover
With engaging rhymes and beautiful illustrations, DeStefano’s book assures children that God is always near — watching, listening, caring and eager to respond to their requests. They’ll also learn that prayer isn’t just about asking for things, but about sharing their feelings of sadness and uncertainty as well as of thanksgiving and joy. Most importantly, the book reminds children — and those who love them — that they can trust God to tenderly care for them, no matter what the future holds.