Living as an American Catholic in the 21st Century: A Short, Self-Guided Retreat

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Living as an American Catholic in the Twenty-First Century was written for the busy contemporary American Catholic who desires to take a retreat, but does not have the time or economic resources to enter a formal retreat environment. Consisting of an introductory essay, four retreat talks and a final meditation, this book addresses four specific challenges that American Catholics face: (1) The Challenge of Yourself, (2) The Challenge of Society, (3) The Challenge of the Church, (4) The Challenge of Our Peers. Organized around a typical weekend, the reader is invited to read the introduction and first essay on Friday evening, the second two essays on Saturday morning and afternoon, and the fourth essay on Sunday morning. The final meditation can be read on Sunday afternoon. Once the reader has negotiated the challenge of understanding him/her self, then the challenges of society, Church, and our peers can be addressed. While challenges of society and our peers might be seen as negative, the challenge of the Church will be a support to the individual. This book should be very useful both as an instrument to foster spiritual growth by raising challenges that the reader must contemplate and negotiate. As an aid each reflection includes a series of reflective questions and biblical passages.

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Rev. Richard Gribble, CSC, PhD is a priest in of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a graduate of the Naval Academy and The Catholic University of America. He is also the author of Father of the Fatherless: The Life of Fr. Nelson Baker (2010), An Archbishop of the People: The Life of Edward J. Hanna (2006) and Guardian of America: The Life of James Martin Gillis, CSP (1998), all are available from Paulist Press.

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