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Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation
     

Living the Call: An Introduction to the Lay Vocation

by Michael Novak
 

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Since 1965 the number of priests in the United States has fallen by some 30,000. But over that same time period, more than 30,000 laypeople have come into the employ of parishes and other Church institutions. Laypeople have stepped up to serve in a variety of new ministries, and they are relieving their pastors of many administrative burdens, enabling them to focus on

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Since 1965 the number of priests in the United States has fallen by some 30,000. But over that same time period, more than 30,000 laypeople have come into the employ of parishes and other Church institutions. Laypeople have stepped up to serve in a variety of new ministries, and they are relieving their pastors of many administrative burdens, enabling them to focus on their proper priestly duties. Lay teachers now outnumber nuns, brothers, and priests in Catholic schools by at least 19 to 1. In the history of the Church, laypeople have never been asked to do so much.

William E. Simon, Jr. and Michael Novak call attention to this great shift in Living the Call. The first part of the book tells the personal stories of nine faithful laypeople now serving the Church in new and diverse ways. Simon and Novak’s insight is that more and more who work in the Church feel the need to shape their lives in a new way, matched to their different needs and adjusted to the new base of knowledge about the world with which they begin. In response to this need, the second part of Living the Call offers practical examples and reflections on a number of themes, including entering into the presence of God and learning different forms of prayer, reading that refreshes the mind and deepens the soul, and the graces of the sacraments and how being a spouse contributes to holiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594035876
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
191
File size:
447 KB

Meet the Author

Theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador, Michael Novak is the George Frederick Jewett Chair (emeritus) in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He is the 1994 recipient of the million-dollar Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Mr. Novak has written numerous influential books on the philosophy and theology of culture. His masterpiece, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, was published underground in Poland in 1984, and after 1989 in Czechoslovakia, Germany, China, Hungary, Bangladesh, Korea, and many times in Latin America. For his work and influence, he has received many international awards.

Businessman, lawyer, and philanthropist, Bill Simon presently serves as Co-Chairman of William E. Simon and Sons and the William E. Simon Foundation. Early in his career he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and later was the 2002 Republican gubernatorial nominee in California. For many years, Bill has worked to implement a philosophy of helping those in need by underwriting scholarships, athletic and recreational programs, and faith-based efforts in urban areas both nationally and throughout California. He serves or has served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations. Bill makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife Cindy and their children.

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