Travelers Along the Way: The Men and Women Who Shaped My Life

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In his first-ever memoir, Fr. Benedict Groeschel introduces you to the men and women who have influenced him over the course of his life. Some are unknown, such as Mr. Graff, a Jewish man who tailored the suit the young man would wear to the seminary. His advice: "Look, I don't understand about monasteries, but I'll give you a piece of advice. Be a good boy." Some are famous, such as Mother Teresa, Cardinal O'Connor, and Fr. Solanus Casey who once, in Fr. Benedict's presence, stepped unprotected into a swarm of ...
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Overview

In his first-ever memoir, Fr. Benedict Groeschel introduces you to the men and women who have influenced him over the course of his life. Some are unknown, such as Mr. Graff, a Jewish man who tailored the suit the young man would wear to the seminary. His advice: "Look, I don't understand about monasteries, but I'll give you a piece of advice. Be a good boy." Some are famous, such as Mother Teresa, Cardinal O'Connor, and Fr. Solanus Casey who once, in Fr. Benedict's presence, stepped unprotected into a swarm of angry bees, pulled out his harmonica, and played "Mother McCree" to calm them.

All of them changed his life in big and small ways. Their stories will not only inspire you, but also help you appreciate those you have met over the years who have enriched and deepened your own life and inspire you to make a difference in someone else's life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867169843
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

A priest for fifty years, FATHER BENEDICT J. GROESCHEL, C.F.R., is one of the founding members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He is a psychologist, an internationally known speaker and a retreat master. His numerous books include Healing the Original Wound (Servant Books), Tears of God, The Virtue Driven Life, and After this Life. Father Groeschel can also be seen as host of the weekly EWTN program, Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Journey Through Life ix

Chapter 1 Sr. Teresa Maria 1

Chapter 2 Mr. Graff 6

Chapter 3 Br. Ferdinando 10

Chapter 4 Fr. Solanus Casey 13

Chapter 5 Fr. Innocent Ferstler 21

Chapter 6 Rev. Dr. Linn Creighton 27

Chapter 7 Mother Teresa 32

Chapter 8 Gary 38

Chapter 9 Ruby Davis 45

Chapter 10 Bishop James Edward Walsh 49

Chapter 11 Sr. Mary Joseph 54

Chapter 12 Fr. Eugene Hamilton 58

Chapter 13 A Trio of Glimpses 62

Chapter 14 Cardinal Terence Cooke 72

Chapter 15 Mother Mary Aloysius McBride 78

Chapter 16 Frank Sheed and Maisie Ward 83

Chapter 17 Karen Killilea 88

Chapter 18 Fr. Bob Stanion 92

Chapter 19 Mother Angelica 97

Chapter 20 Liberal and Conservative Together in Faith: Fr. George Barry Ford and Fr. John Hardon, S. J. 103

Chapter 21 Fr. Isidore Kennedy 111

Chapter 22 Judge William P. Clark 118

Chapter 23 Art and Mary Wiser 122

Chapter 24 Cardinal John O'Connor 129

Chapter 25 Dr. Alice von Hildebrand 135

Chapter 26 Fr. Michael Scanlan 140

Chapter 27 Fr. Richard John Neuhaus 143

Chapter 28 Cardinal Avery Dulles 148

Conclusion: The Eternal Traveler 152

Further Reading 155

Notes 159

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    Extremely interesting!

    This book is an easy read and surely will bring to the reader's mind many similar people who have impacted our lives. Perhaps we have forgotten them until our memory is jarred by the author.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

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    Series of Glimpses

    Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. is an author, psychologist, retreat master, and internationally known speaker. In the opening of Travelers Along the Way, he writes that believers look at life as a journey guided by divine law and the teaching of Christ. Those with whom we connect along the way, from family members to public figures we have never have met, affect us deeply. He describes the content of his 42 chapters as "a series of glimpses" of some of those who have influenced his life. Considering that Groeschel has been a priest for more than 50 years, it isn't surprising that most of those profiled are priests and members of religious orders. It is also not surprising that as we read of his encounters we come to recognize that most if not all of them would claim Benedict Groeschel as one who has influenced their lives for the good. Unfailingly, those he admires are humble, kind, gentle, generous. They are devoted to scripture, prayer, and following Jesus. Many have faced extreme challenges with courage and even good humor. Groeschel characterizes several, including Fr. Bob Stanion, as especially "colorful." Stanion, he writes, generated interesting, moving and unexpectedly humorous stories without even trying. During his transition from professed brother to ordination, "Br. Bob" served as a cook at the retreat house where Groeschel lived. Members of the hierarchy often spent time at the house, and "such visits were destined to be moments of high anxiety for me," writes Groeschel. "To say that Br. Bob was somewhat lacking in a sense of formality around the hierarchy is a gross understatement." He recalls Br. Bob saying "Welcome to Trinity, Your Em-and-Ems" when Cardinal Cooke arrived. Stanion also addressed Cooke as "Your Insignificance." Groeschel reports that Cooke, a man even kinder than Br. Bob, "took all this with great good humor." Whether describing a colorful character or a near-martyr, socialite-turned-Carmelite, or boy lost to suicide, Groeschel brings his gifts as observer and writer to every story in Travelers along the Way.

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