IT was the last straw. When I read the details of a new cartoon series launched on Netflix that sexualizes children, I canceled my subscription. Yes, they have some good documentaries that we’ll miss… But part of Getting Out of Babylon means having to make choices that literally involve not participating in or supporting a system that is poisoning the culture. As it says in Psalm 1:
Happy indeed is the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked; nor lingers in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of scorners, but whose delight is the law of the Lord and who ponders his law day and night. (Psalm 1:1)
Seventeen years ago, we also canceled our cable TV—and, honestly, have never looked back. All of a sudden our children started reading books, playing instruments, and developing talents we never knew they had. Today, I want to share with you some of those fruits. Because not only are we called to “come out of Babylon“, but we are to rebuild a new civilization of love upon its ruins: The Counter-Revolution.
With Christmas drawing near, these are also some gift ideas for building up the heart and soul…
I. CATHOLIC NOVEL
Our second daughter, Denise (Mallett) Pierlot, wrote a book called The Tree that has garnered some remarkable praise in the Catholic world. While I personally don’t have a lot of time for reading novels, I was absolutely mesmerized by the storytelling in The Tree. Few books have left me lingering with its images and characters two years after reading it! As Fr. Don Calloway said, “Mallett has penned a truly epic human and theological tale of adventure, love, intrigue, and the search for ultimate truth and meaning. If this book is ever made into a movie—and it should be—the world need only surrender to the truth of the everlasting message.”
Denise is now in the finishing stages of writing its sequel called The Blood while she and her husband Nick (who is studying philosophy and theology) prepare for their first child (and our second grandchild). If you haven’t read The Tree yet, you can order it from my store by clicking the book cover:
Calling Denise Mallett an incredibly gifted author is an understatement! The Tree is captivating and beautifully written. I keep on asking myself, “How can somebody write something like this?” Speechless.
—Ken Yasinski, Catholic speaker, author & founder of FacetoFace Ministries
II. CATHOLIC ART
The new painting above of The Mystical Rose is one of a series of saints that my eldest daughter Tianna has recently finished. Her stunning artwork, featured on this website several times, is now available on Tianna’s website:
…where you can order prints directly from her:
III. CATHOLIC WITNESS
Our oldest son, Gregory, has just joined a missionary team in Canada called Pure Witness Ministries. They are dedicating this next year to traveling to schools and parishes to share the Gospel through word, song, and drama. Our third daughter, Nicole, was recently with them for two years. It is a beautiful ministry, powerful witness, and “sign of contradiction” to young people in today’s Catholic schools. Gregory has to raise support for his missionary work. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, go to PureWitness.com and simply choose Gregory’s name in the donation list:
We are given reason to believe that, towards the end of time and perhaps sooner than we expect, God will raise up people filled with the Holy Spirit and imbued with the spirit of Mary. Through them Mary, Queen most powerful, will work great wonders in the world, destroying sin and setting up the kingdom of Jesus her Son upon the RUINS of the corrupt kingdom which is this great earthly Babylon. (Rev. 18:20) —St. Louis de Montfort, Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, n. 58-59