Local Book Signings! Legendary Locals of St. Charles by Don and Dianna Graveman

Legendary Locals of St. Charles by Don and Dianna Graveman
Legendary Locals
You are invited to attend upcoming book signings by local authors, Don and Dianna Graveman.


Saturday, March 26th:
2:00 to 4:00 PM
Main Street Books, 103 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO

Saturday, April 2nd:
1:00 to 3:00

Coffee House Mornings

Coffee House Morning
DYM 2016

I don’t know about you, but a coffee-house-kind-of-morning five to six times a year helps keep my writer’s heart alive. Typically, at our CWStL meetings, we start with some hellos (and hugs), a few minutes of prayer, and catching up on “business” (contests, conferences, and other news and notifications). Then we share what we’ve been reading and writing and discuss many other topics, always centered in our identity as Catholic artists.

So, thank you, fellow CWStL members for sharing your Faith, struggles, accomplishments, minds, and hearts with our group, and for helping me personally persevere in the writing aspects of my world!

Nobody brings up the Inquisition…unless it’s to bash the Catholic Church

Catholic Answers Press
The Real Story of the InquisitionNobody brings up the Inquisition—unless it’s to bash the Catholic Church.

After all, images of religious oppression, gruesome torture, and burning heretics fit perfectly with the world’s preconceived idea that Church history is one long trail of violence, intolerance, and ignorance.

In The Real Story of the Inquisition, Catholic historian Steve Weidenkopf digs into the wealth of historical data to show that, far from being a reign of terror, the Inquisition was actually a noble institution that:

  • Aimed principally at the repentance and reconciliation of wayward Catholics
  • Used well-regulated procedures and temperate punishments
  • Protected the accused from harsher treatment by the state
  • Fostered both religious and national unity

Along the way he debunks common Inquisition myths invented during the Reformation and perpetuated to this day by any group with a grievance against the Church.

We asked Prof. Weidenkopf what he thought about the good and the bad that came out of the Inquisition.

Q. Are there some valid complaints that can be brought against the Church regarding the Inquisition?

A. It is extremely difficult for modern-day people, raised and rooted in the relatively recent notion of religious freedom, to understand the mentality that led the Church to first appoint inquisitors and then establish Inquisitions. But, in the words of Walter Cardinal Brandmüller [president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences), “Such a phenomenon can be fathomed only when we look at it within the framework of its historical context and do not try to measure yesterday by today’s standards.” Heresy was a threat to the state as well as to the Church. In fact, history illustrates the fruit of heresy is bitter and bloody violence. Perhaps the only valid complaint modern people can bring against the Inquisition is the acceptance and use of torture, but even that complaint must be moderated by historical fact. Torture was a common practice in the secular courts of Christendom, and initially its use was not allowed in the Inquisition. The practice was not authorized until 1252, or twenty years after Pope Gregory IX first appointed inquisitors for southern France. Torture did not have to be utilized, and many inquisitors disliked using it (in fact, it was used in only 2 percent of cases in the Spanish Inquisition). The use of torture was strictly governed by a number of protocols designed to protect the defendant. It was always applied by the secular arm, never by the clergy. It was utilized as a means to elicit the truth, never as a means of punishment, and could be used only once. The image of millions of heretics sadistically tortured by evil Dominicans is a product of Protestant and Enlightenment propaganda and has no basis in historical fact.

Q. On the flip side of the last question, what good came out of the Inquisition?

A. The concern of inquisitors was always the salvation of the accused heretic. Sometimes people embraced heretical teachings unknowingly, and the Inquisition provided an opportunity to inform them of their error and present a chance for conversion and repentance. The vast majority of those who went before the inquisitors repented, performed penance, and were reconciled to the Church. The Inquisition helped to ensure uniformity of faith and religious peace, especially in Spain. Unlike the rest of Europe in the sixteenth century, Spain did not produce a native heresy, and Protestantism did not take root.  While other major European countries witnessed nasty and bloody wars of religion, Spain remained free from that turmoil.

Don’t let these lies pass without an answer: Listen to The Real Story of the Inquisition from Catholic Answers Press and learn to set the record straight.

Order your copy of The Real Story of the Inquisition today.

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Also Available by Steve Weidenkopf:

The Real Story of The Crusades CD
The Real Story of The Crusades
Epic: The Early Church

Pre-Order your copy of Steve Weidenkopf’s upcoming book, The Glory of the Crusades – Due out September/October 2014


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The Tree of Healing

The Tree of Healing front coverThe Tree of Healing by Catholic author and illustrator Diana González Tabbaa features 33 poems, prose, and 33 original works of art that breathe forth spiritual mystery and awe.

“Rose spends much of her time dwelling on her troubles. She lives in a state of worry and loneliness as her mother has been harsh and distant since the death of her father when she was an infant. One golden summer, as she leaves her childhood years, her grandmother and a heaven-sent friend teach her to bring everything in her life to God in prayer and to bring His Life into her own. She comes to know and trust Him deeply, especially when she discovers a carving made by her father in a great tree that forms the crucifix of a Rosary Garden. Hidden in its depths and unfolding in layers of mystery and beauty, signs of God’s Love are continuously revealed to her. A Mary’s Garden that she plants reflects her own growth in a living faith that brings a garden of souls with her to God, including her mother.

Suitable for all ages, this timeless story of forgiveness and hope shows how suffering is transformed through union with Christ. Enriched with spiritual art, poetry, and quotes from Scripture, The Tree of Healing tells of the healing of one young girl and of all wounded humanity by the Sacrifice of Jesus on a new Tree of Life.”

Preview this book by reading the first three chapters here and/or view the book trailer (complete with the beautiful art featured in the book) here.

I highly recommend viewing more of Tabbaa’s unique, spiritual paintings here.
(I especially admire the St. Francis piece!)