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Letters to a Young Catholic (Art of Mentoring (Paperback)) Paperback – November 1, 2005
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It's part travelogue, part biography and part catechism on the "sacramental imagination", a theme to which he returns again and again.
The devastating critique Weigel makes of "liberal religion" in the chapter on John Henry Cardinal Newman and the Birmingham Oratory is worth the purchase price alone.
He also has a great chapter on the the Old Chesire Cheese, a pub frequented by famous Catholic curmudgeons like G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc.
Weigel describes Belloc's run for a seat in Parliament during the early part of the twentieth century when England was notoriously anti-Catholic. Here is how Belloc kicked off a campaign speech:
"Gentlemen, I am a Catholic. As far as possible, I go to Mass every day. This is a rosary. As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that He has spared me the indignity of being your representative."
For a sample chapter online, simply "Google" the words "The Scavi of St. Peter's and the Grittiness of Catholicism".
There is perhaps nobody more suited to write a book like this than George Weigel. Mr. Weigel is the author of more than ten books, including "The Truth of Catholicism," "The Courage to Be Catholic," and, of course, the much-celebrated biography of Pope John Paul II, "Witness to Hope."
"Letters to a Young Catholic" is very much a roadmap of modern Catholicism. Mr. Weigel takes readers on a literary tour of the Catholic world. We visit the most likely and unlikely of places -- from GK Chesterton's favorite pub to the Vatican's Sistine Chapel -- as Mr. Weigel demonstrates that the world and the Church are "the arena of God's action."
He expounds on Catholicism's belief that God's presence can be experienced through art, history, literature, and even other people! As Weigel says, "we can touch the truth of our salvation" -- this life matters!! You'll never think of the Holy Catholic Church in the same way again!
I have never been so struck by the sheer beauty of truth as I was when I read "Letters." In every destination Weigel takes us, he finds opportunities to expound on the Catholic understanding of the world -- and of reality.
Weigel's writing is clear, concise, and convincing. I'd recommend the book to anyone and everyone. Catholics will rediscover the majesty of their Faith, and non-Catholics will be touched -- and challenged -- by the Beauty of Truth.
Weigel demonstrates a vast understanding of theology, history, geography, architecture and culture, and he orchestrates these topics to share the essentials truths of living the Christian life with his readers. Letters to a Young Catholic consists of fourteen letters/chapters addressing the key elements that Weigel considers important to modern Catholics and to all Christian disciples.
Some of Weigel's writing discusses practices particular to the Catholic Church, but even these apply and are relevant to Christians in general. Of the Catholic Church, he writes, "while Catholicism is a body of beliefs and a way of life, Catholicism is also an optic, a way of seeing things, a distinctive perception of reality." In Weigel's view, this body of beliefs and perception of reality is based on eternal truths that are at once both liberating and binding for the believers.
Weigel takes the reader on tours of sacred sites such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Sepulcher of Jesus and Chartres Cathedral in France. He uses these sacrosanct sites to share truths and point to the beauty, suffering, redemption, devotion and community found in the Christian story.
In one letter, he highlights St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville, SC.Read more ›
This means that Christ is found at the pub, in the Church, and in the family. Weigel draws this out by telling us stories of great people, great places, and great moments in the life of the Church. Two that stick out in my mind. The first is Weigel's description of the Scavi under St. Peter's Basilica where the bones of the Apostle Peter lay. This is an example of the earthiness and reality of Catholicism's claim. It's not about some doctrine or some set of esoteric teachings. Rather, it is about real places and people. Peter's bones rest under St. Peter's. This fact stands out there to be dealt with by us. There sit the bones of a man who walked with Christ. There in the ordinariness of a catacomb we come face to face with the extraordinary, as Weigel describes it.
The second is Weigel's description of Chartres Cathedral in France.Read more ›
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If you are a Catholic looking to group the entire world into us and them, the great guys and the evil guys, then this is your book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Bad Purchase
all weigel shuld not be bypassed - a very pleasant and indeed thoughfull book. all weigel should attentionPublished 2 months ago by peter tydeman
I am a big fan of George Weigel's writing and this book is no exception. I especially like the idea of using famous places as a lens to tell the Catholic story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian Corson
Another delight. I am a revert to the Roman rite of the Catholic Church having returned this year after approximately 43 years away. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pundit
It took until last November to identify the best book that I read in 2014. This year, I'm pretty sure I have identified that book in September. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Garner
Excellent read. This book is great for Catholics of any age. George Weigal has done it again. On the down side, being a theologian he just can't help slipping in occasional... Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Brey
A hearty, intelligent, and frank defense of Catholic teaching and practice. A great read no matter what your age.Published 9 months ago by Fr. Tim Moyle
I have bought this book quite a few times. I lent my other copies out then never saw them again. A beautiful "gritty" portrayal of the Catholic world. Read morePublished 11 months ago by VW