- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (June 20, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612786901
- ISBN-13: 978-1612786902
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"A triumph! One of the best presentations of the Church's social teaching. Brandon Vogt adeptly and correctly positions social justice in relation to the lives of the saints and in doing so rescues it from the ideological constraints that have for far too long made this essential teaching of the Church inaccessible to most of the faithful. Social justice is not simply a theory, but a whole way of life, revealed in all its radical and saving grace in the lives of the Church's saints." - --Very Reverend Robert E. Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
In this book, Brandon Vogt situates the principles of Catholic Social Teaching within the venerable Catholic spiritual tradition by presenting these principles within the details of the actual lives of the saints. Each description becomes as vivid as a stained-glass window as it illustrates how each saint lived out the Gospel, and then it presents us with concrete lessons we can learn today. This presentation will easily lead the reader to reflection and then to action. I highly recommend Saints and Social Justice as a rich resource for your spiritual reading. -- --Father Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)
Incredibly accessible: Brandon Vogt brings Catholic social teaching to life through the actions and examples of the saints. As we cannot commit to what we do not understand, this book opens minds and hearts to connect faith with personal action. An indispensable teaching resource! -- --Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services
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"Catholic social teaching has explosive power for changing not just individuals, but whole societies. And it's the saints who light the fuse." - Brandon Vogt
The value of human life. The call to family and community. Serving the poor. The rights of workers. Care for creation.
The church has always taught certain undeniable truths that can and should affect our society. But over the years, these teachings have been distorted, misunderstood, and forgotten.
With the help of fourteen saints, it's time we reclaim Catholic social teaching and rediscover it through the lives of those who best lived it out. Follow in the saints' footsteps, learn from their example, and become the spark of authentic social justice that sets the world on fire.
Learn from heroes like: Bl. Teresa of CalcuttaSt. Peter ClaverSt. Frances of RomeSt. Roque GonzalezBl. Pier Giorgio FrassatiSt. Damien of MolokaiSt. John Paul II
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Vogt includes three-summary points in each of the seven chapters which are drawn from the life of the Saint in focus. These help to further illustrate the point of CST being considered. He has a good ability to get beyond abstract teaching and to make the text more practical and approachable, showing how the Saints lived out social justice in their lives, making it more apparent why social justice and CST are so enriching to us on our journeys.
I've been involved with social ministry for over 30 years both as a volunteer and as a staff member at the parish and diocesan levels. In addition, I have taught Catholic social teaching to adults for many years. In that context of involvement, I find this book helpful, largely because I think it is so accessible to the person in the pew. So many books on CST and social justice/ministry are quite technical and seem to me to be focused more for academics or professionals, not the average person one would hope would become involved as a volunteer in social ministry. I think this book is engaging and hopefully will help people see that CST/social ministry is a wonderful, vital, and necessary way to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The book was written before Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical Laudato Si. Thus, it unfortunately misses the input from that encyclical on the principles of CST being "interconnected" (see para 16 of LS, for example). This interconnectedness would have made a great summary chapter for the book. But still, I strongly recommend the book.
Update 3/17/18: Our parish book club read and discussed this book along with "Force for Good. The Catholic Guide for Business Integrity" by Brian Engelland. Members found both books helpful in deepening our understanding of and appreciating CST.
The only mention Mr. Vogt made of St. Padre Pio was, "and then there's St. Padre Pio working miracles left and right."
It was like a slap in the face. It would have been better if he had made no mention of St. Padre Pio at all.