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Cor Jesu Sacratissimum: From Secularism and the New Age to Christendom Renewed Paperback – December 6, 2016
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"In this elegant feast of a book, Roger Buck--master of the blog of the same name--expertly skewers the modern world, with its twin horrors of arrogant materialism and non-specific 'spirituality.' But he does this without a drop of malice in his compassionate soul. Rather, he strives to tear away the choking illusions of modernity, to reveal the bright, shining love and truth at the center of the universe--symbolised by the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and incarnate in the Catholic Church and her Sacraments. Buck cuttingly diagnoses, but lovingly prescribes."--CHARLES COULOMBE, author of Puritan's Empire and Everyman Today Call Rome
"Roger Buck goes to the heart of the problem paralyzing our broken-hearted world. As a seeker after truth, he first thought he could find it in the New Age movement, but finally discovered it in the goodness and beauty of the Catholic Church, moving beyond the spirit of the age to the Spirit who moves all ages."-- JOSEPH PEARCE, author of Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton
"In Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, Roger Buck traces his journey--geographical, metaphorical, and mystical--from New Age adventurer to Catholic traditionalist, from spiritual dilettante to repentant wayfarer, from lost to found. Along the way we are treated to spiritually rich meditations on politics, economics, social movements, modernity, the spiritual dangers of our age, and the eternal mysterium of the Church. But Roger Buck does not merely describe his own journey. No, he holds our times up to a mirror and shows us our own faces. And with great clarity."--MICHAEL MARTIN, author of The Submerged Reality: Sophiology and the Turn to a Poetic Metaphysics
"Roger Buck has done a great service to the Church by his careful and well-informed examination--both charitable and unflinching-- of the New Age, and his discussion of wider issues in the Church from the perspective of a former New Age initiate. Buck shows that the New Age is an attempt, however flawed, to escape the materialism of modernity, and that it is Catholicism in its traditional forms--with its mystery and ritual, its sacramentals, art, and pious practices--that can best reveal the immense reality of the suffering and love for all mankind of Christ's Sacred Heart to those trapped in the false mysteries of the New Age."--JOSEPH SHAW, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales
"This insightful book touches on one of the greatest challenges of our time--how do we evangelize those formed by a New Age spirituality they consider superior to anything the Church has to offer? In this beautiful, semi-autobiographical reflection, Roger Buck (himself a convert from the New Age) offers his answer: although those lost in the New Age are unlikely to be swayed by arguments, they can be deeply touched by the presence of Christ himself in the sacramental mysteries and cultural richness of authentic Catholic piety. It is Christ himself who evangelizes, and we must cooperate with the means he has placed at our disposal."--GERARD O'SHEA, University of Notre Dame, Australia; author of As I Have Loved You
"Roger Buck is one of the very few authors writing today who grasps the intimate connection between Catholic faith and Catholic culture, and recognizes that the lack of such a culture has a very deleterious effect on Catholic lives. For the most part, American Catholics of all ecclesiastical stripes have no notion how much their outlook on political, social, and even religious matters has been shaped by the Protestant milieu in which they dwell. Reading Roger Buck might just offer them the possibility of an escape from the prison of the dreary intellectual and spiritual world of Protestant culture."--THOMAS STORCK, author of From Christendom to Americanism and Beyond
About the Author
ROGER BUCK is a Catholic convert who once resided at Findhorn, Scotland--probably the most renowned New Age community in the world. He was intimately and intensively involved in the New Age movement for twenty years and knew many of its leading personalities. Then, a profound conversion experience changed his life forever. He is the author of The Gentle Traditionalist and, alongside his beloved wife, the website Cor Jesu Sacratissimum.
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If you read The Gentle Traditionalist (which I highly recommend you do), you will appreciate this books fuller treatment of the same issues. If you haven't read The Gentle Traditionalist, you will still benefit from the in depth analysis of secularism, the New Age, and even economics that this book offers. I highly recommend it.
While those interested in gaining an understanding of the pernicious influence of so called “New Age Spirituality” on Western society will find rewarding reading in this work, they may be less interested in the section on the Catholic Church. Similarly, those wishing to deepen their appreciation of the manner in which traditional Catholic liturgical forms effectively channel Divine grace into our lives and thus into society, may not find the New Age section of similar interest. However, the writer emphasises that his work is an organic whole, and the reader who approaches the book with this in mind, will better appreciate the insights and perspective the book offers.
This work is the record of a long and painful spiritual journey from vague notions about the meaning of human life to the true Faith. The writer describes the historical, social and religious forces whose winds have battered the barque of his soul, and brought him far from the truth which he longed for. In describing his sojourn with the New Age movement, he traces its development from the 1960s, and the manner in which it substitutes ephemeral for lasting values. He and his wife entered the Catholic Church at a time when the Barque of Peter too was struggling with conflicting ideologies, operating under the guise of “reform” and “renewal.” Not satisfied with their initial understanding of the Catholic faith and liturgy, their search lead them to the Latin Mass, and to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The manner in which the older form of the Mass is worthy of its role in re-presenting the Sacrifice of Calvary, and the relevance of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord for the contemporary world, are described in convincing terms.
Western Europe provides the cultural milieu wherein the author pursued his spiritual search, but it is in Ireland that he finds the Catholic faith surviving in the hearts of many, in spite of intense bombardment by atheistic cultural forces. He admires the innate sensitivity to the spiritual world among the Irish people, and credits this with their cultural and national revival during the early part of the last century. As the atheistic secular culture relentlessly batters their remaining Catholic sensibilities, the writer is amazed at the degree of resistance which the Faith maintains in the hearts and lives of the population of the island where he has chosen to live.
One cannot but be impressed by the breath of the author’s study, and the depth of his insight. But it is his appreciation of their Catholic faith, and he and his wife’s heroic perseverance in their search for Truth, which will leave a lasting impression on the reader.