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The Perils Of Passion

Christopher David

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Paperback. 296 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.9in.The Perils of Passion is an intriguing story of a plan to combine two vocations in one, but within an institution hostile to any such idea. What then is described is a conflict of loyalties: obedience to a personal need fulfilled ultimately in marriage and equivalent obedience to the Catholic Church. The writers gift in relation to the priesthood is clearly a capacity to make relationships and create community. Thus the book is a personal and sincere account of how this was ultimately achieved - even though the way to this end is always complicated, occasionally morally ambigious and may be sometimes a little dishonourable. Nevertheless the sense of mission and the depth of commitment are clear and reflects urgently on the turbulent times of change we are in. This is a story honestly told, an interesting and often amusing insight into the life of a priest. It is a statement about choice, about loyalties and values, failure and ultimate success; a reflection on the perennial question of who we are and why we are here. This remarkable book, which I was lucky enough to read and comment on as it was written, reveals a person and a life worth knowing about - an individual who is genuine, complex, sometimes very brave and always profoundly Christian; someone capable then of being earnestly personal, spiritual, social and political. The book is replete with illustrations of these facets of the authors character: the love of family and friends; the support for the less well-off and vulnerable; the struggle with priestly vows; the coming to terms with a Catholic Church that does not always explicitly manifest strongly appropriate versions of charity; the efforts to define Christian commitment through educational work; the challenges of charitable work and associated fund-raising; the facing-down of tyranny; and the graceful acceptance of life as a gift. I cannot therefore imagine anyone reading this book without feeling This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781452065779

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Title: The Perils Of Passion

Publisher: AuthorHouse

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The Perils of Passion is an intriguing story of a plan to combine two vocations in one, but within an institution hostile to any such idea. What then is described is a conflict of loyalties: obedience to a personal need fulfilled ultimately in marriage and equivalent obedience to the Catholic Church. The writer's gift in relation to the priesthood is clearly a capacity to make relationships and create community. Thus the book is a personal and sincere account of how this was ultimately achieved - even though the way to this end is always complicated, occasionally morally ambigious and may be sometimes a little dishonourable. Nevertheless the sense of mission and the depth of commitment are clear and reflects urgently on the turbulent times of change we are in. This is a story honestly told, an interesting and often amusing insight into the life of a priest. It is a statement about choice, about loyalties and values, failure and ultimate success; a reflection on the perennial question of who we are and why we are here. This remarkable book, which I was lucky enough to read and comment on as it was written, reveals a person and a life worth knowing about - an individual who is genuine, complex, sometimes very brave and always profoundly Christian; someone capable then of being earnestly personal, spiritual, social and political. The book is replete with illustrations of these facets of the author's character: the love of family and friends; the support for the less well-off and vulnerable; the struggle with priestly vows; the coming to terms with a Catholic Church that does not always explicitly manifest strongly appropriate versions of charity; the efforts to define Christian commitment through educational work; the challenges of charitable work and associated fund-raising; the facing-down of tyranny; and the graceful acceptance of life as a gift. I cannot therefore imagine anyone reading this book without feeling

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Christopher David is the eldest son of seven children and was born in 1926. His parents were 'back to the land' idealists and joined the Ditchling Common community founded by Eric Gill. In 1932 the family moved to Worth Priory, newly opened as a preparatory school for Downside Abbey, and the monks became a strong influence in the years up to the war. Christopher was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade, studied medicine at Galway University, theology in Rome, education at Carmarthen, Bristol and London. He was ordained for the Menevia diocese, Wales, in 1955. He writes an honest and dramatic account of his 18 years as a priest which begins with his life in Holywell overlooking the Dee estuary. He married Gill in 1973, taught at Hartcliffe comprehensive school, Bristol, and founded two residential centres for city children; Wick Court for Bristol and CHET (Crosby Hall Educational Trust) for Liverpool. He describes a perilous adventure begun in 1993 in support of Justice for the Muslims in Bosnia, which involved lobbying the UK Foreign Office and the UN, and organising convoys of Aid. In 1997 he visited and took on fund raising for a small Seminary for the diocese of Riobamba in Ecuador. This was and remains a unique venture in the high Andes designed to give poorly educated peasant farmers a chance of education and ordination. Other projects followed; a new school for 240 children for the Quichua speaking people in the mountains, an extensive water project for a slum area of Lima, Peru, and education projects in Kenya, East Africa. Beneath the activities described and made possible by a brave and generous wife and many friends, there is a message. The Author offers a serious and urgent reflection on the times in which we live.

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