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As the liturgical reforms of the last four decades have given much of Catholic worship a decidedly Protestant patina, many Catholics have continued to find meaning in such distinctive devotional practices as praying the Rosary and venerating the saints. These traditional observances are examined in this little collection of short essays assembled by Martin, a Jesuit priest and associate editor of America magazine, which first published a shorter version of the series. Martin invited 19 contributors, some in their 30s and 40s, to reflect on practices that hold particular meaning for them. Aware that many younger Catholics are rediscovering devotions that had been abandoned by some of their elders in the wake of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council of the early 1960s, he seeks to bring the practices into the light of contemporary times while explaining their origins and purposes. Most of the pieces are highly informative and place each devotion in the context of the reforming council's teaching on worship. The best incorporate a meaningful personal story, such as Therese Borchard's reflection on "The Stations of the Cross," in which the author compares her yearly ritual recalling her father's passing to the way Catholics relive the events of Christ's suffering and death. Catholics and non-Catholics who are curious about practices like holy water blessings, novenas and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will find this compilation both helpful and enlightening.
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"A thrilling guide to the hidden treasures of Catholicism with a delicate balance of history, theology, and personal engagement." -- Robert Ellsberg, author, The Saints' Guide to Happiness
"These authors show that it is indeed possible to reclaim old Catholic rituals without needing to be an 'old Catholic.'" -- Tom Beaudoin, author, Virtual Faith
This is the average Fr. Martin fare... and it's a good book. Both Catholics and Nons will get something out of it.Published 7 months ago by Max Bville
A hopeful message that cultural experiences of the Catholic faith are alive in the hearts of many today. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nancy
"What do traditional devotions have to say to contemporary Catholics?" (p. x) "Can devotions that sometimes carry heavy theological and cultural baggage find a place in the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mike DePue, OFS