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Posted January 23, 2013
In his latest book, Mark Shea, a popular writer and speaker, offers examples of failure in the current culture to embrace the message of the 10 Commandments and the Beatitudes, the “two pillars” of Catholic morality. As introduction, he classifies the commandments as the lowest level of moral behavior for Christians and the beatitudes as the highest, our how-to for attaining sanctity. Throughout, Shea emphasizes the covenant relationship God has with us and God’s love and mercy.
Each commandment and beatitude has its own chapter and is explained with personal stories, examples, and references to Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The bedrock for these chapters lies in issues like racism, same-sex marriage, abortion, euthanasia, pornography, greed, pride, and all manner of other “spiritual pollution” glorified in the media. Shea is talking about sin, corporate and personal, sin that we have conveniently renamed with euphemisms such as “limited kinetic operation” (war).
For those struggling actively to live out their faith, this is a book of encouragement; for those who have drifted away, it is a wake-up call.
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