Rediscovering Catholicism: Journeying Toward Our Spiritual North Star / Edition 1

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Overview

Over the past ten years, Matthew Kelly has seen more of the world than most presidents and more of the Church than most bishops. Now, in this unique and timely book, he proposes that Catholicism is not a lifeless set of rules and regulations, but a way of life designed by God to help each person reach his or her full potential. With remarkable insight, Kelly dispels dozens of the myths that surround the practice and rejection of Catholicism today, and provides a profound and practical vision of what will lead the Catholic Church to thrive again in the future. "Holiness is to become the-best-version-of-yourself. Francis of Assisi spent his whole life trying to become the best-version-of-himself. Mother Teresa spent her whole life trying to become the-best-version-of-herself. God calls us all to holiness, because God wants each of us to be all we can be." "The goal of the Christian life is holiness," Kelly explains, "but somewhere along the way this term disappeared from most Catholic's vocabulary. Either because we thought it was an unattainable ideal or because we felt it lacked relevance in the modern context. Maybe we thought the idea of holiness made people feel guilty. Perhaps we just wanted to make it easier for people. Whatever the reason, the disappearance of this goal hasn't made it easier for modern Catholics; it's made it harder for them."

"Have you ever tried to find your way to a place you have never been before with no directions, no map, and no clear description of the destination?" "The great confusion that is torturing the Church and weakening our faith surrounds one question. What is holiness? The falling attendance at church, the marginalization of the Church by our secular culture, and our failure to reach the youth are all caused by our inability to communicate clearly the answer to this question. What is holiness?" "Modern men and women have simply become disoriented. We have lost our way. By putting aside the goal of the Christian life -- this call to holiness -- we have lost sight of the great Spiritual North Star. The North Star is the only star in the sky that never moves; it remains constant, unwavering, and therefore is truly a guide. If we are to find our way, we must rediscover the great Spiritual North Star."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929266081
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 We Become What We Celebrate
Chapter 1 Our Universal Hunger 7
Appearance vs. The Authentic
Why Has Christianity Been Rejected?
The Cry for Help
Chapter 2 The Prevailing Philosophy 15
Individualism
Hedonism
Minimalism
Chapter 3 Is Jesus Still Relevant? 23
Our Quest for Happiness
God & Happiness
The Attitude of Christ
The Role of Discipline
Jesus in History
Chapter 4 Searching for Identity 35
The Mission
The Adventure of Salvation
Catholics Today
Catholicism is a Lifestyle
Identity Crisis
Chapter 5 What are We Celebrating? 43
The Future of Catholicism
The Solution
Let the Celebration Begin
Part 2 The Authentic Life
Chapter 6 What is the Authentic Life? 57
Fostering the Inner Life
Modern Despair
Our Essential Purpose
What is Holiness?
The-Best-Version-of-Yourself
Vatican II
The Depression
Chapter 7 The Path is Well Trodden 75
In Search of Excellence
The Saints
Common Objections
The Pedestal Syndrome
The Rejection of Discipline
Keeping the Goal in Sight
Chapter 8 Even a Blind Man Knows... 89
Francis of Assisi
Mother Teresa
The Cure Ars
Thomas More
John Paul II
Taking the Gospel Seriously
Chapter 9 What Sets Them Apart? 121
Singleness of Purpose
The Will of God
How Would You Like Your Life to Change?
Chapter 10 Their Attraction & Influence 133
Friendship
Spiritual Friends & Loneliness
Foster this Spirit
Bright Lights
Chapter 11 Who Will Be Next? 139
To Whom Does the Future Belong?
Shame on Us
What Are You Willing to Give Your Life For?
Finding Your Place
Where Do We Start?
Part 3 The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality
Chapter 12 Reconciliation 157
Turning to God
I am a Sinner
The Drama of Life
The Sacramental Setting
Common Objections
Behold the Beauty
Self-Knowledge
A New Habit
Temptation
The Touch of the Master's Hand
Chapter 13 Contemplation 177
Osmosis
Thought Determines Action
The Classroom of Silence
A Starting Point
The Big Question
Action Without Prayer
Geography of Prayer
Begin Today
Chapter 14 The Mass 191
Rediscovering the Mass
A Personal Prayer
The Prayers of the Mass
My Favorite Prayer
Our Father
Offering
Embrace the Gift
Chapter 15 The Bible 203
Where Did the Bible Come From?
Jesus
The Power of the Word
Stories
Questions
Prayers
"Dad, if you really love me..."
Chapter 16 Fasting 223
The Death of Discipline
Fasting in the Scriptures
The History of Christian Fasting
Lenten Fasting
Fasting and You
The Universe and You
Always a Means, Never an End
Chapter 17 Spiritual Reading 243
An Ancient Tradition
What Should We Read?
When, Where, & for How Long
Adult Education
Keeping the Star in Sight
Chapter 18 The Rosary 251
Why Have We Abandoned the Rosary?
Benefits
Growth in Virtue
Fifteen Lessons
More than One Way
Mary
Part 4 Now is Our Time
Chapter 19 Time for a Change 269
Are We Willing to Change?
What Should We Focus On?
Education
Evangelization
Vocations
Chapter 20 Leadership 293
Paralyzed By Fear
Courage
Bold Leadership
Servant Leadership
Chapter 21 Return to Virtue 305
The Role of Virtue
The World Needs the Church
About this Book
Something Wonderful is About to Happen
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2003

    Clear direction in a confused and confusing world

    'Rediscovering Catholicism...' gives us the 'whys' of religion. In clear, easy-to-understand language, Matthew Kelly points us in a direction that many no longer believe is viable. His youth and vibrancy resonate in his writings as he teaches with a wisdom far beyond his years. 'Seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.' Matthew tells us where to look and his passion and conviction ring true. This is a great book to give as a gift to those who are truly searching. The answers inside the covers of this book are awesomely simple, but incredibly profound. If you are looking for direction in your life, or if you are looking for God, or if you are just confused, I highly recommend this book. It has the power to change your life.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    Rediscovering Cathloicism - IS discovering You!

    What a wonderful book. Not only is it inspirational it makes you think, truly think about our entire life as a person. This book is a very easy read. It is as if you can hear Matthew Kelly speaking to you. He proposes thought provoking questions and provides faith based answers. He truly highlights why the Church and Her teachings are good for us and our everyday lives. By "Rediscovering Catholicism" we are rediscovering our selves. The author, Matthew Kelly, inspires us all to "become the best version of ourselves".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003

    A book with many hidden treasures...

    This is an EXCELLENT book full of hidden tresures. Go again, Matthew!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    This book takes us back to the basics of the Catholic faith and

    This book takes us back to the basics of the Catholic faith and must be read by every cradle Catholic who practice their faith out of habit.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Fabulous writer

    Excellent book I highly recommend it to every "cradle Catholic" I read it and kept reading more and more by Matthew and it is transforming me.

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