Letters to a Young Catholic

Letters to a Young Catholic

by George Weigel

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For the faithful, the doubtful, and the searchers of every age, these letters convey the power of the Catholic faith that is at once personal and universal, timely and eternal.

In this remarkable exploration of the Catholic world, prominent Catholic author and papal biographer George Weigel offers a luminous collection of letters to young Catholics, not-so-young Catholics, and curious souls who wonder what it means to be Catholic today.

Weigel takes readers on an epistolary tour of Catholic landmarks — from Chartres Cathedral to St. Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina; from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem to G.K. Chesterton's favorite pub in Oxford; and from the grave of a modern martyr in Warsaw to the Sistine Chapel.

Weaving together insights from history, literature, theology, and music, Weigel illuminates the beliefs that give Catholicism its distinctive texture and explores the theological importance of grace, prayer, vocation, sin and forgiveness, suffering, and — most importantly — love. To a world that sometimes seems closed and claustrophobic, he suggests, Christian humanism offers a world with windows and doors — and a skylight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465028320
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 147,018
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center and one of America's leading public intellectuals. The first volume of his biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, was a New York Times bestseller, and his writing appears regularly in a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal. He lives in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Table of Contents

A Preliminary Postcard ix

Letter 1 Baltimore and Milledgeville: Acquiring the "Habit of Being" 1

Letter 2 The Papal Basilica of St. Peter's, Rome: The Scavi and the Grittiness of Catholicism 19

Letter 3 St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai / The Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem: The Face of Christ 35

Letter 4 The Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem: Mary and Discipleship 55

Letter 5 The Oratory, Birmingham, England: Newman and "Liberal" Religion 69

Letter 6 The Olde Cheshire Cheese, London: Chesterton's Pub and a Sacramental World 89

Letter 7 Castle Howard, Yorkshire, England: Brideshead Revisited and the Ladder of Love 107

Letter 8 The Sistine Chapel, Rome: Body Language, God-Talk, and the Visible Invisible 127

Letter 9 St. Mary's Church, Greenville, South Carolina: Why and How We Pray 147

Letter 10 St. Stanislaw Kostka Churchyard, Warsaw / The Metropolitan Curia, Krakow: How Vocations Change History 165

Letter 11 The North American College Mausoleum, Campo Verano, Rome: The Hardest Questions 183

Letter 12 The Hill of Crosses, Siauliai, Lithuania / The Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island, Rome: The New Martyrs and Us 197

Letter 13 Cell 18, Block 11, KL-Auschwitz: The Mystery of Evil 219

Letter 14 Chartres Cathedral, France: What Beauty Teaches Us 237

Letter 15 King's College Chapel, Cambridge / Ely Cathedral: The Secularization Puzzle 253

Letter 16 The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City: Incultaration and the New Evangelization 275

Letter 17 The Old Cathedral, Baltimore: Freedom for Excellence 293

Letter 18 St. Patrick's Church, Soho, London: Why Orthodoxy, Liturgy, Service, and Work for Justice Go Together 311

Letter 19 The Basilica of the Holy Trinity, Krakow: On Not Being Alone 327

Sources 345

Acknowledgments 353

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