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“Lord of the World” and “Come Rack! Come Rope!”

Since his election in March 2013, Pope Francis has made many references to a little known book entitled “The Lord of the World” by R.H. Benson. Pope Benedict also rated this book highly.

The world depicted in Lord of the World is one where secularism and Godless humanism have triumphed over religion and traditional morality. It is a world where in the name of tolerance, religious doctrine is not tolerated. Only the Catholic Church is standing up to this tidal wave of triumphalist, intolerant secularism, and is in a deadly struggle against the Anti-Christ. The book ends with the Apocalypse.

Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914) was the youngest son of Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury, and brother to the writer, E F Benson (author of the Mapp and Lucia books). After his father’s death Robert converted to Catholicism, was ordained as a priest, later becoming a Monsignor.

R H Benson wrote many other novels including “Come Rack! Come Rope!” which relates the persecution of Catholics in Elizabethan times, including the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.

Both “Lord of the World” and “Come Rack! Come Rope!” are available free on Amazon as a Kindle download. Paperback versions are also available.

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Use your computer as part of your Apostolate!

St James said that however strong our faith, faith without works is dead. It is not enough to pray about social problems and complain about the state of the world: the man and woman in the pew have a vital and indeed unique role to play in working for social justice. We need to make our voices heard.

Anne Farmer, in her recent article in the Catholic Herald argues that writing letters to newspapers is a surprisingly effective way to defend the vulnerable. Newspaper editors now prefer emails, though you must ensure to give your name, address and telephone number to give credence to the fact that you are a real person. (If your letter is published, neither your address nor your email address will be pubished. Your privacy is still assured.)

Click here to read her article.

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