Faith-Based Reflections on American Life

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Faith-Based Reflections on American Life is a collection of seventy-nine concise and thought-provoking, general interest essays that grew out of the author's experience as a regular syndicated columnist for the Catholic News Service.

Benefiting from the author's richly focused Catholic eye on life, the reader is invited to reflect upon a wide range of contemporary topics and issues that include family, church, public policy, peace and justice, education, and business. These ...

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Overview

Faith-Based Reflections on American Life is a collection of seventy-nine concise and thought-provoking, general interest essays that grew out of the author's experience as a regular syndicated columnist for the Catholic News Service.

Benefiting from the author's richly focused Catholic eye on life, the reader is invited to reflect upon a wide range of contemporary topics and issues that include family, church, public policy, peace and justice, education, and business. These essays offer a starting point for further thought and ongoing discussion as a way to continue the important and necessary dialogue between religious faith and American Society.

Father Byron offers thoughtful reflections, helpful anecdotes, and insightful perspectives from his background, training, and varied experience as a Jesuit priest, research professor, professor of business and society, former university president, author, and pastor over, the past forty-years.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780809146383
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Family 5

1 Mission Statement for a Marriage 5

2 Spousal Support in Stressful Times 7

3 The Line between Trust and Neglect 9

4 A Mother's Message on AIDS 11

5 A Mother's Way of the Cross 13

6 Letter from Heaven 15

7 From Big Russ, to Tim, to Luke: The Gift of Magnanimity 17

8 Bella: The Beautiful Choice 20

9 Happy Anniversary Time 23

Part 2 Interesting Individuals 27

10 Trevor Armbrister: Dying Gratefully 27

11 Dick Cass: Not All Pro Football Heroes Are on the Field 29

12 Andy McGowan: A Salesman for the Lord 31

13 Horace McKenna: Apostle to the Poor, Friend of the Needy 34

14 Diane Sherwood: Celebrating Life 36

15 Eugene McCarthy: Neat and Clean for Gene 39

16 Rene D'Agostino: Special Delivery 42

17 Geno Baroni: The Wisdom of Ordinary People 44

18 Weltha Wentling: Anonymity Has Its Own Rewards 46

Part 3 Spirituality 49

19 Thinking about Hope 49

20 The Color of Hope Is Springtime Green 51

21 Strength Is Virtue and Virtue Is Strength 53

22 Entitlement and Ingratitude 55

23 Substance Abuse, Religion, and Spirituality 57

24 Pain Relief and the Spirit of Suffering 60

25 Workplace Spirituality 62

26 Sunday into Monday and Back Again 64

27 Social Love 66

Part 4 Peace and Justice 69

28 Reasoned Argument on the Road to Peace 69

29 Give Peace a Prayer 71

30 Before Going to War Ask, "What Price Victory?" 73

31 Invoking Romero in Pursuit of Peace and Justice 75

32 The Romero Prayer 77

33 Why the War on Terrorism Is Likely to Be a Long One 80

34 Reading and Talking about Justice 82

35 Poetry Can Put a Needed Perspective on Memorial Day 84

36 Peacemaking and the Beatitudes 86

Part 5 Church 89

37 Out-of-the-Box Thinking for Church Leadership 89

38 Listen to the Names We Call Ourselves 91

39 A Damaged Church in Need of Repair 93

40 A Few "What-Ifs" for a Healthier, Safer Church 96

41 Voice of the Faithful as a Social Movement 98

42 Executive Courage to the Rescue 100

43 Villanova and Church Management 103

44 Needed: Better Organization of National Collections 105

45 Have You Even Been Asked to Evaluate a Homily? 108

Part 6 Public Policy 1ll

46 National Service Should Be as Visible as the Post Office 111

47 Reflections on Politics and the Common Good 113

48 Social Credits for Stronger Families 115

49 The Beatitudes and the Ballot Box 118

50 Teacher Tax Credits 120

51 The Politics of Abortion 122

52 Potatoes and Political Will 125

53 Imagine Your Grandfather's Hands 127

54 A Principled Approach to Health Care Finance Reform 129

Part 7 Purpose 133

55 Bring on the Individuarians 133

56 Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? 135

57 A Lesson Plan for Life 138

58 The Shield of Shame 140

59 There Is Strength in Gentleness 142

60 Keeping Kids Free of Drugs 145

61 The Other Fellow First 147

62 Self-Service in Pursuit of a New Career 149

63 The Paradox of Our Times 151

Part 8 Education 155

64 September and the Joy of Teaching 155

65 Catholic Mission and Identity 157

66 Pick a Context Not a Campus 159

67 Formula for Success in College 162

68 College Students and Respect for Human Dignity 164

69 Leaving Campus with a Diploma-and Integrity 166

70 Growing Greatness at the Gesu School 168

71 Reflections on the Tragedy at Virginia Tech 170

Part 9 Nine: Business 173

72 Measuring Corporate Social Responsibility 173

73 Enron, Andersen, and Ethics 175

74 Secrecy, Easy Money, and the Violation of Trust 178

75 Workplaces Where It Just Doesn't Work Out 180

76 What Every Job Seeker Needs: "Diplomatic Persistence" 182

77 A Question for Business Leaders 184

78 When CEOs Get into Trouble 187

79 Going for the Very Best 189

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