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I'll be first in line for a ticket to THAT movie! How totally exciting, Roger! Tell us more when you know more, eh?
(08-29-2016, 02:01 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: [ -> ]I'll be first in line for a ticket to THAT movie! How totally exciting, Roger! Tell us more when you know more, eh?

Belated thanks for this, Vox!

Maybe I should say it appears that the company works with direct to DVD releases. So it's unlikely to be in cinemas. But I will definitely say more when I can. Smile
I hope this won't seem too self-indulgent, but I'd like to use this space to announce that, not only have I recently returned to blogging after a _long_ break, but, also, two recent posts feature further extracts from The Gentle Traditionalist.

If you're interested in getting a taste of my book, the two posts are:

G.K. Chesterton and The Gentle Traditionalist on Secular Dogmas

http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2016/09/...lar-dogma/

Christian Religion or Secular Religion?

http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2016/09/...-religion/

Not an extract but also possibly of interest to some here ...

A Personal Ramble – and Possible Movie of The Gentle Traditionalist!

http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2016/09/...tionalist/

Well, this is admittedly more self-promotion, hopefully forgivable. But my wife Kim has just done a blog about my book The Gentle Traditionalist and I'm going to paste it in here.

(For those who don't know, my wife also belongs to this forum, but cannot participate as she suffers a vision problem that means she cannot look at screens for more than a few seconds. So I upload her blogs for her.)

Anyway, for those who know my book this may interest and for those who don't, it may still interest ... and help to communicate what I'm trying to do with the book.

(And of course Vox has very kindly put an ad up this Christmas at the top of the site which takes you directly to the book's page on Amazon!)

Anyway here is what my wonderful wife has to say ...


I am not Anna! (And Other Things about The Gentle Traditionalist)



Recently, several people have referred to me as Anna O’Neil, the heroine of my husband Roger’s book The Gentle Traditionalist. Now, so far, I have said almost nothing in public about this amazing book, which has transformed our lives (and may even be made into a movie!)

It is high-time I said something and not only to clarify the identification between the fictional Anna and me.

But first, for those who have not yet read The Gentle Traditionalist, it is a fairytale romance, set in Monaghan, Ireland. Written in the form of a dialogue, it brings together two radically different characters, a young, perplexed, progressive Englishman, Geoffrey Peter Luxworthy (GPL) and a wise old Irish Traditional Catholic, Gilbert Tracy (GT) who seems to have the answer to everything!

Their dialogue is centred around the third character – Anna O’Neil – who is absent from their dialogue. Yet she is the focus of the whole story, bringing these two unusual characters together.

Now, Anna was once a New Ager – but now she has become a traditional Catholic and wants to be a nun!

And poor GPL, who is madly in love with her, is trying to come to terms with her new-found Catholicism. For he himself has been raised within an anti-Catholic secular culture.

In a simple, erudite way, GT tells GPL why Anna has become what she is, including the basics of Catholic doctrine. Plus, he neatly and intelligently defines what he terms the New Secular Religion (NSR) and how that NSR is destroying the West!

And in the process, the book brings fully alive, the rich beauty of the Sacramental Catholic Mystery.

For myself and other readers I’ve encountered, Roger’s book is incredibly funny, deeply moving, mysterious and tragic. It presents Church teaching clearly and simply. All the while, it draws on the central mystery, which lies at the heart of the Church, pervading the book with a subtle magic, which is the Catholic faith.

So, as I say, recently, in various different situations, several people have referred to me as Anna O’Neil, GPL’s love and the heroine of Roger’s book.

Now, it is quite strange to have one’s identity transferred to a fictional character. Yet, at the same time, it is heartening to see how real Anna has become to enthusiastic readers of Roger’s fairytale.

Whilst some of these people did not even know me, their mistake is not entirely unfounded. For Roger has borrowed certain of my attributes to develop the character of Anna.

For instance, for several years, I was a New Ager, albeit not as whacky as Anna!

And whilst I aspire to serious prayer life,  unlike Anna, I have never been drawn to becoming a religious.

Also, unlike Anna, who was born in Liverpool, of Irish, Catholic ancestry, I was born in London, of Australian parents, from a staunchly Protestant heritage.

Yet, just as Roger and I first became romantically involved and were later married on St. Valentine’s Day , so, in the book, St Valentine’s day becomes very important to Geoffrey and Anna. (For reasons, I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read the book!)

But perhaps the greatest similarity between Anna and me, is our shared love for the Traditional Liturgy of the Tridentine Mass. And in particular, the liturgy of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. In the book, Geoffrey and Anna even end up going to Limerick in Ireland, close to the Institute’s apostolate there!

So, again, for the record, whilst Anna and I have many similar characteristics, we are also extremely different.

It is the same with Roger and Geoffrey (GPL) – there are similarities and great differences.

In fact, when I met Roger in 1992, he was heavily involved with the New Age Movement. For he had dedicated his entire life to propagating New Age ideology. In that sense, Anna is perhaps more like Roger himself used to be.

Soon, I was to be involved in the very same project with him – a drop-in Centre and registered charity in Cambridge, co-founded by Roger, in order to spread New Age doctrine!

Then, through his own radical conversion to the Catholic faith, his heart has surrendered ever deeper into the Catholic Mystery, little by little, year by year, becoming progressively more traditional.

I have watched, for many years, whilst Roger has wrestled with the issues raised in his book – for instance, issues concerning …

            The Secularisation of the West
            The hungering for mystery in the resultant secularised world
            The modern Church not providing the depth of mystery it once did
            People turning to the New Age instead, in search of mystery
            The difference between the Anglo-American Protestant cultures and Catholic cultures. Or rather, between Sacramental cultures and non-sacramental ones.

As a result, The Gentle Traditionalist presents a firm, steadfast apologetic of the faith. (All in the most gentle manner, humanly possible, of course – as GT in the book would say.)

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So whilst Roger’s life journey and struggles are certainly reflected in the character of GPL, he is also somewhat like the Gentle Traditionalist himself – large, warm and big hearted.

The beauty of fiction, of course, is that one can ‘make up’ characters to draw forth that which one wants to say. And characters are often reflections of ourselves and those people around us.

And these particular characters from The Gentle Traditionalist may shortly become even more real. For, as I said, they could soon be depicted on film. As a company wants to make a movie of the book!

So, in pondering the power of fiction, creating characters who become real in people’s minds, I see how the main character in this book, the warm-hearted, intelligent, wise, compassionate and staunchly, yet gently Catholic GT, the Gentle Traditionalist, has most definitely touched the hearts of many.

Roger now has a second book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum coming out this month from the same publisher Angelico Press.

It is a much bigger, more serious book than The Gentle Traditionalist which Roger intended to be short, light and very easily accessible.

But as we await the launch of the bigger book, I pray that GT will continue to work his gentle magic and bring many people back to the faith.

Link: http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2016/12/...tionalist/
Just finished reading this book last night.  Took me a whole two days!  (The last time I read a book that quick was well over ten years ago.... and it was 'The DaVinci Code'  Unsure )

I really enjoyed your book.  And while the cover states that it is a Catholic fairytale "...from Ireland," it's application is much more universal than that.  I'm going to read it again, this time taking a bit more time, bookmarking a section here and there, as there are many that can be used during the many times one has the opportunity to defend the Church. 

This is also the first time I've read, let alone thought about, what it is (was) like in predominantly Catholic countries vis-a-vis Protestant countries.  While I have visited Ireland only once before, it was only for a few (whirlwind) days and I really didn't get an opportunity to soak in any culture (though I did get to spend a St. Patrick's Day in Galway).  However, I do have some experience being in a predominately Catholic country, namely Chile.  However, as an American, I've never really thought to consider any Catholic connection to their culture, which I simply presumed to be simply of Spanish origin.  After reading this book, at least one thing I will attempt is to try to appreciate Chilean culture from a Catholic viewpoint, and not exclusively Spanish.


(12-08-2016, 11:19 AM)Bonaventure Wrote: [ -> ]Just finished reading this book last night.  Took me a whole two days!  (The last time I read a book that quick was well over ten years ago.... and it was 'The DaVinci Code'  Unsure )

Yes, the book was designed to be very short, easy to read and accessible. Thank you for telling me it worked for you, Bonaventure!

(12-08-2016, 11:19 AM)Bonaventure Wrote: [ -> ]I really enjoyed your book.  And while the cover states that it is a Catholic fairytale "...from Ireland," it's application is much more universal than that.  I'm going to read it again, this time taking a bit more time, bookmarking a section here and there, as there are many that can be used during the many times one has the opportunity to defend the Church. 

This is also the first time I've read, let alone thought about, what it is (was) like in predominantly Catholic countries vis-a-vis Protestant countries.  While I have visited Ireland only once before, it was only for a few (whirlwind) days and I really didn't get an opportunity to soak in any culture (though I did get to spend a St. Patrick's Day in Galway).  However, I do have some experience being in a predominately Catholic country, namely Chile.  However, as an American, I've never really thought to consider any Catholic connection to their culture, which I simply presumed to be simply of Spanish origin.  After reading this book, at least one thing I will attempt is to try to appreciate Chilean culture from a Catholic viewpoint, and not exclusively Spanish.


And thank you for this too.

Yes, the book has an Irish sub-theme, but as you indicate, what I say about today's globalised, liberal Ireland is tragically very applicable elsewhere.

And, yes, having lived in a number of Catholic countries, including Ireland, France and Spain, I came to see this very clearly: that the Protestant Anglosphere shapes people in profound ways that don't happen so easily in Catholic countries, even today.

That is a _huge_ theme in my upcoming big book, which is not nearly so short and easy as The Gentle Traditionalist (TGT)

Indeed, I tend to think of TGT as the "comic book version" of my new big book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum (CJS). CJS has the same themes - plus France which is not in TGT - but in a much more in-depth way than the "comic book".

Thank you so much for your kind words.
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Was in a Catholic bookstore yesterday, perusing the shelves, and what do I come upon?  Some more copies of The Gentle Traditionalist!

So I purchased another copy--my fourth.  Original copy is floating around out there somewheres, having been lent to friends.  Second and third copies were sent directly via Amazon to a friend and a priest, respectively.  So, as I didn't have a copy handy for myself, decided to pick up number 4.  

Now my wife can read it.   Big Grin
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