When it was first announced that Envoy
Magazine would return to print it was nice to hear considering how
difficult the magazine market is for Catholic magazines. For
example Crisis magazine recently went to web only because of
publishing costs. The first new issue of Envoy Magazine was
quite solid, but it did carry content that was written a couple of
years ago when they had shut down. If the content
in the latest issue Volume 7.5 is indicative of the future
for Envoy than I think it will have a bright future depending on how
well it gets marketed. This issue was just so chock full of
good articles it is hard to single out just one.
There is now a real nice balance in the
type of articles. Apologetics, Bible study, interviews, and
many articles on helping you to live the faith. I really
liked the article “The Real Pius XII.” This time though
instead of debunking the ridiculous charges leveled against Pius XII in regards to the Jewish people during WWII it is focused more on the man himself. I have seen plenty of good articles showing what he
did behind the scenes to help the Jews, it was nice for a change to get a better idea of the man himself, his humility, and his sense
of humor. I just had never thought of him as someone with a good sense
of humor since his photographs usually make him look so severe.
There is another article by Peter
Kreeft on the meaning of the fear of the Lord that was also excellent.
I just love anything written by Peter Kreeft, though I was
disappointed that this article was only one page (as a Peter Kreeft junkie I want my fix), but he fit a lot in
that one page. Christopher West also has an excellent
introduction to the Theology of the Body that runs several pages.
I was also happy to see a column by Steve Ray on St Paul’s
Letter to Philemon that really enlightens the shortest book in the New
Testament. All this and several other worthwhile sections by
people like Fr. Apostoli, Fr. Wilson, and of course Patrick
They currently have
a free issue offer and I
would highly recommend you check it out if you are not aware of Envoy.