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A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America [Kindle Edition]

Charles J. Chaput
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"A genuinely Catholic life should feed the soul as well as the mind; should offer a vision of men and women made whole by the love of God, the knowledge of creation, and the reality of things unseen; should enable us to see the beauty of the world in the light of eternity; and should help us recapture the nobility of the human story and the dignity of the human person. This is the kind of witness that sets fire to the human heart."
—Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
In this eBook original, Charles J. Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, offers a powerful manifesto on the need for Americans to protect religious freedom.
As he notes, principles that Americans find self-evident—the dignity of the human person, the sanctity of conscience, the separation of political and sacred authority, the distinction between secular and religious law, the idea of a civil society pre-existing and distinct from the state—are not widely shared elsewhere in the world, and in recent years seem to be in jeopardy on our own shores.
Archbishop Chaput offers a call to action for leadership both here and abroad to challenge this damaging trend. By thoughtfully interpreting and applying Catholic values to this confusing moment in history, he provides hope for an American audience hungry for courage and counsel.

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  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Image (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M29RBM
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
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In the last few years, Archbishop Charles Chaput has established himself as a leading voice on the role of faith in public life. His 2008 book "Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life" (Doubleday, hardcover, 258 pages) prepared Catholics for the presidential election season by encouraging them to live out their faith vigorously in the public square--not simply as good citizens but as bold heralds of the Gospel.

With another presidential election around the corner, the new Archbishop of Philadelphia is back again, this time with a shorter, more urgent call to action. "A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America" (Image, eBook, 19 pages) is more essay than book. At just 19 pages it's a succinct manifesto on perhaps the greatest religious issue of today: religious persecution and the associated threats to freedom.

The book begins by exploring the forces behind this opposition. Archbishop Chaput first takes aim at the modern media, accusing them of promoting an Orwellian "new orthodoxy". This dangerous, yet accepted worldview harbors and promotes assumptions about the purpose of government, the meaning of marriage, and the role of family and sexuality, all of which diverge sharply from past American thought.

Nowhere is this clearer than in the media's treatment of religion. In past centuries, religion was seen as the bedrock of American society and the media treated it as such.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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In his talks and in his writings, Archbishop Charles Chaput was ahead of the curve on the religious liberty debate by several years. And he was completely accurate in his concerns. What always makes Chaput's work so compelling is that he combines strong, well-researched ideas with a vivid writing style, respect for persons with opposing views and a confidence in Jesus Christ that transcends politics. This extended essay is no exception. While brief, "A Heart on Fire" is uniquely relevant to today's attacks on religious freedom; but it's also a terrific reflection on the nature of American democracy, the public role of Christian faith and the emerging face of the next America -- an America much less friendly to religious faith than at any time in the past.

It's impossible to buy a better read for 99 cents. Don't be fooled by Chaput's easy, pastoral manner; there's real depth and a serious intellect at work here. Well worth the investment of pennies and time.
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65 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but it misses a key point... March 30, 2012
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I appreciate Archbishop Chaput's concern for the need for a true Christianization of America. And I agree whole-heartedly when he says, "Catholic education is heir to the greatest intellectual, moral and culture patrimony in human history." A number of his observations are well worth reading. However, Catholic education in the United States is in shambles, and has been so since the mid-to-late 1960s.
Meaning no disrespect, I see that the US Bishops have done little to correct the problem; especially when one takes into account the insipid, sometimes heretical religious curriculum widespread in Catholic schools for decades. I am product of Catholic education in Philadelphia, in high school from 1972 to 1976. If I had to rely on the wishy-washy religion learned there, (including priests telling their male-students that certain mortal sins were not sins), I would have lost my Catholic Faith a long time ago. A number of people close to me either lost their faith, or almost lost their faith, due to the rampant modernism in Catholic colleges in Philadelphia.
As we move into the 1980s, the bishops also imposed a grotesque sex-education curriculum against the will of the parents (I know many parents involved in this fight who were treated quite shabbily by chanceries when the protested the sex-ed courses).
This explains why there is an explosive growth of Catholic home-schooling. Catholic parents by the thousands at great personal sacrifice, have removed their children from diocesan schools and teach them at home, because they cannot trust the curriculum their own Catholic bishops are giving them. Many so-called "Catholic" colleges, especially modern Jesuit institutions, are hotbeds of theological dissent and immoral teaching.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Cri de Coeur April 5, 2012
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Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Cap. is a Native American of the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe. His tribal name means "the wind that rustles the leaves of the trees."

The new archbishop of Philadelphia does more than rustle leaves in his first Kindle e-book - A Heart on Fire: Christian Witness and the Next America (Random House Digital, 2012); he fells the giant oak trees of American conventional wisdom.

Chaput believes the wheels of the American Experiment have come off the tracks. However, rather than point to the flipped switch that was the Cultural Revolution, he examines the tracks themselves laid by 17th and 18th century pilgrims and settlers. He cites Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and Hawthorne's Celestial Railroad as the binary coordinates of America's split personality.

Bunyan captured the God craving of the pilgrims that produced abundant wheat in the first American harvest; Hawthorne depicts the Self craving, the inclination to indulgence, that produced the weeds co-mingled with wheat in subsequent settlements. This is the claim license makes on liberty and Chaput posits that this manifestation of uniquely American concupiscence is woven into the very fabric of our cultural patrimony.

Some 10 generations removed, this presents a formidable challenge for present and future generations. The public square is now choked with weeds, an inhospitable vacant urban lot. The flight of Catholics to the unengaged suburbia of civic discourse has acerbated the problem. The likely consequence of untended religious liberty, Chaput believes, is its previously unthinkable evisceration in our generation.

Like the man who first appointed him to the episcopacy nearly 25 years ago, Chaput believes in the primacy of culture.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am inspired by all of Chaupt's writings,
Published 29 days ago by Margaret Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars An Archbishop Teaches
Archbishop Chaput brings his Capuchin Franciscan wisdom to all he writes. Readers will benefit from listening to this teaching Bishop.
Published 1 month ago by Gregory Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, but true
Mr. Chaput speaks to the inevitable changes happening in the Catholic Church in America. Sad, but true, he shoves in our faces what most of us already know, and have begun to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DianeBeckwith
5.0 out of 5 stars A Call to Act
The Archbishop is a fine writer and honest man. He calls us Catholics to witness to the faith as given to us by Christ. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Max Bville
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This essay really paints a good picture of where America was, where it's going, and how Catholics and other believers can fix it before it's too late.
Published 3 months ago by Philip Petrucci III
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent challenge
This piece by Archbishop Chaput is an excellent challenge for us all - a calling to arms spiritually. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sastiger
5.0 out of 5 stars True Christian Witness
Living at a time where Christian morals has been high-jacked under the guise of "tolerance" or considered "archaic" and no longer needed when it is needed most. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ramiro A Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 6 months ago by roger dowling
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen to your HEART
This is the way I need to guide my life and to live it in love with God my creator and redeemer. Now to follow His Son Jesus home.
Published 7 months ago by John E. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars A sinner
Not particularly intelligent reader, I don't know what this review will do for others. However, the Bishop is spot on. We have met the enemy and the enemy is us.
Published 9 months ago by Thomas G. Frazzini
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