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God in Action: How Faith in God Can Address the Challenges of the World Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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"With powerful clarity, God in Action brings the wisdom of the Gospel to our time, answering the demands of today with an urgent challenge to each of us: the challenge to renew society with the Gospel values of truth and charity. His challenge is one we would be wise to embrace with courage. God in Action is our key to bringing Christ—and hope—to the world through our hands." —Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus and the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Our Lady of Guadalupe
"This challenging book begins by asking us to take seriously the idea that God is no mere ‘first cause,’ but always and everywhere actively present in the unfolding of human events—bringing good from evil, hope from despair, life from death. With his long experience as an influential religious leader and thinker, Cardinal Francis George has thought deeply about how to discern divine grace operating in the world and how to cooperate with it. God in Action brings the fruit of that reflection to bear on a wide range of current issues with the clarity and conviction that are the marks of a great teacher." —Mary Ann Glendon, professor of law, Harvard University
"Cardinal Francis George, a thoughtful citizen as well as a distinguished churchman, knows that a democracy’s habits of heart and mind are crucial to that democracy’s political health. His reflections on the crossroads where culture, moral reasoning, and politics meet is a genuine contribution to the debate that is American democracy’s lifeblood. God in Action is an engaging and provocative read." —George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon
Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center
"In a culture eager to shoo God to the margins of public life, God in Action reminds us that Gospel values and Catholic principles are meant to transform societies as well as individuals. Francis Cardinal George’s carefully reasoned, wide-ranging reflections challenge readers to consider political and social debates from an eternal perspective, one in which God is not an obstacle to our freedom but its surest guarantor."
—Colleen Carroll Campbell, host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture, author of The New Faithful, and former presidential speechwriter
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God In Action ranges from a review of God's role as "the Primary actor" in American society all the way through, looking for God's action in "the movement towards unifying the human family in our day."
Cardinal George does a brilliant (and very readable) service to us all--outlining how God can be a very real presence in all that we do on an individual, family, community and even global level. On a certain very real level, Cardinal George has given us a blueprint of how, with God's help, we can work to bring people together regardless of their backgrounds. Simply put, we are all God's Children.
My favorite quote from God In Action comes towards the end of Cardinal George's work when he writes:
"God is at work where charity and self-sacrifice and forgiveness unites people who would otherwise be separated, where good consequences overcome evil actions, where hope remains constant in the midst of despair, where new life comes from death."
As many may know, well after writing God In Action, Cardinal George was diagnosed with a return of his cancer after several years in remission. (It was during these years that Cardinal George wrote these two excellent books--which is, in and of itself a blessing.)
Ultimately, Good Science and Good Medicine may help to "save" Cardinal George, God willing. But it is "Good Faith" as described by Cardinal George that is at least as important in giving meaning and substance to the "Brave New World" that may otherwise be before us.Read more ›
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This book by the lake Francis Cardinal George shows what a mind this cardinal had what an intelligence we have lost it shows the love the heart and the strength of a servant of GodPublished 13 months ago by Brian
Cardinal George clearly and definitively shows that a deep faith is the basis for everything we do.Published 17 months ago by Zero9390