The First Knight
Can you name the world’s largest Catholic lay organization? Right, the Knights of Columbus. It has 1.9 million members in 16 nations. But what do you know about the founder of the Knights, Father Michael McGivney? Learn all about him by watching the documentary Father Michael McGivney on FORMED. He started the Knights in 1881, in the basement of his parish church in Waterbury, Connecticut, and died less than ten years later, in 1890, at the age of 38. But in that short span of time, Father McGivney had established an organization that was built to last – and to do God’s work throughout the United States and around the world, including its most desperate corners. Earlier this year, for example, the archbishop of Erbil in Iraq, Bashar Warda, said “Christianity might already have been driven out of Iraq completely” if it weren’t for the direct support of the Knights of Columbus.” Father Michael McGivney is the inspirational story of a brave and tireless priest who has already been declared Venerable by the Vatican and may be America’s first canonized parish priest.
The Loser Letters
Mary Eberstadt, a journalist, a scholar, and a Catholic, has been described as “intimidatingly intelligent.” She has written many books where that intimidating intelligence is on full display, but there is one of them that also qualifies as wickedly funny and FORMED has it. It’s a novel called The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism. Eberstadt’s targets are the so-called New Atheists, writers such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Sam Harris, and others who write so dismissively of religion while taking themselves so seriously. Eberstadt examines their standard arguments and deflates them deftly and wittily. Fans of The Screwtape Letters should especially enjoy The Loser Letters.