Letters to a Young Catholic [NOOK Book]

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In this remarkable tour of the Catholic world, George Weigel helps us understand how Catholicism fosters what Flannery O'Connor called "the habit of being." Taking the reader by the hand, Weigel embarks on a journey to Catholic landmarks as diverse as Chartres Cathedral and St. Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina; the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and G.K. Chesterton's favorite pub; the grave of a modern martyr in Warsaw, and the Sistine Chapel. Weaving together insights from history, literature, theology, ...
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Overview

In this remarkable tour of the Catholic world, George Weigel helps us understand how Catholicism fosters what Flannery O'Connor called "the habit of being." Taking the reader by the hand, Weigel embarks on a journey to Catholic landmarks as diverse as Chartres Cathedral and St. Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina; the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and G.K. Chesterton's favorite pub; the grave of a modern martyr in Warsaw, and the Sistine Chapel. Weaving together insights from history, literature, theology, and music, Weigel uses these touchstones to illuminate the beliefs that have shaped Catholicism for two thousand years.With clarity and conviction, Weigel examines the foundations of Catholic faith and explores the topics of grace, prayer, vocation, sin and forgiveness, suffering, and-most importantly-love. Putting a dramatic face on this invitation to Catholicism, Weigel introduces some of the figures who have shaped his faith and thought-Michelangelo and Fra Angelico; Evelyn Waugh and Cardinal John Henry Newman; Father Jerzy Popieuszko and Pope John Paul II; Edith Stein and Mother Teresa-as he also shares anecdotes from his own Catholic life. To a world that sometimes seems closed and claustrophobic, he suggests, Christian humanism offers a world with windows and doors-and a skylight.In these letters, George Weigel conveys the power of a faith that is at once personal and universal, timely and eternal. His book will inspire not only the young generation of Catholics whose World Youth Day celebrations have launched an era of renewal for the Church, but also the faithful, the doubtful, and the searchers of every age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786737925
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 626,974
  • File size: 303 KB

Meet the Author

George Weigel, a Roman Catholic theologian and one of America's leading commentators on religion and public life, is the author of the acclaimed The Courage to Be Catholic, the international bestseller,Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II, and numerous other books that include The Truth of Catholicism and The Final Revolution. Now a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where he holds the John M. Olin Chair in Religion and American Democracy, Weigel writes a weekly column, "The Catholic Difference," that is syndicated to more than forty newspapers around the United States. He is an NBC consultant on the Vatican and appears regularly on network and cable television programs as well as national and local radio. Weigel lives with his wife and their three children in North Bethesda, Maryland.
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Table of Contents

A Preliminary Postcard
Letter One: Baltimore and Milledgeville - Acquiring the "Habit of Being" 1
Letter Two: Rome - The Scavi of St. Peter's and the Grittiness of Catholicism 19
Letter Three: St. Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai/The Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem - The Face of Christ 33
Letter Four: The Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem - Mary and Discipleship 51
Letter Five: The Oratory, Birmingham, England - Newman and "Liberal" Religion 63
Letter Six: The Olde Cheshire Cheese, London - Chesterton's Pub and a Sacramental World 83
Letter Seven: Castle Howard, Yorkshire, England - Bridesbead Revisited and the Ladder of Love 101
Letter Eight: The Sistine Chapel, Rome - Body Language, God Talk, and the Visible Invisible 121
Letter Nine: St. Mary's Church, Greenville, South Carolina - Why and How We Pray 139
Letter Ten: St. Stanislaw Kostka Churchyard, Warsaw/The Metropolitan Curia, Krakow - How Vocations Change History 157
Letter Eleven: The North American College Mausoleum, Campo Verano, Rome - The Hardest Questions 175
Letter Twelve: Chartres Cathedral, France - What Beauty Teaches Us 191
Letter Thirteen: The Old Cathedral, Baltimore - Freedom for Excellence 207
Letter Fourteen: The Basilica of the Holy Trinity, Krakow - On Not Being Alone 225
Sources 241
Acknowledgments 249
About the Author 251
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