Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose

Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose

by Matthew Kelly

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Overview

Over the past 20 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 myths that surround the rejection of Catholicism today and provides a profound and practical vision of what will lead the Catholic Church to thrive again in the future.

Rediscover Catholicism is quickly becoming the most read catholic book of our times. From the spellbinding opening story, Kelly grips his readers and takes them on a life-changing journey to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984131891
Publisher: Blue Sparrow
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Series: NA
Pages: 319
Sales rank: 233,381
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Imagine This... 13

Introduction: Where to From Here? 17

Part 1 We Become What We Celebrate 27

Chapter 1 Our Universal Hunger 29

Appearance vs. the Authentic

Why Has Christianity Been Rejected?

The Cry for Help

Chapter 2 The Prevailing Philosophy 35

Individualism

Hedonism

Minimalism

Chapter 3 Is Jesus Still Relevant? 41

Our Quest for Happiness

God and Happiness

The Attitude of Christ

The Role of Discipline

Jesus in History

Chapter 4 Searching for Identity 49

The Mission

The Adventure of Salvation

Catholics Today

Catholicism Is a Lifestyle

Identity Crisis

Chapter 5 What are We Celebrating? 59

The Future of Catholicism

The Solution

Let the Celebration Begin

Part 2 The Authentic Life 67

Chapter 6 What is the Authentic Life? 69

Fostering the Inner Life

Modern Despair

Our Essential Purpose

What Is Holiness?

The- Best- Version- of- Yourself

Vatican II

The Great Depression

Chapter 7 The Path is Well Trodden 83

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... 93

Francis of Assisi

Mother Teresa

John Vianney

Thomas More

John Paul II

Taking the Gospel Seriously

Chapter 9 What Sets Them Apart? 119

Singleness of Purpose

The Will of God

How Would You Like Your Life to Change?

Chapter 10 Their Attraction and Influence 129

Friendship

Spiritual Friends and Loneliness

Foster This Spirit

Bright Lights

Chapter 11 Who Will Be Next? 135

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 145

Chapter 12 Confession 149

Turning to God

I Am a Sinner

The Drama of Life

A Sacred Encounter

Common Objections

Behold the Beauty

Self-Knowledge

A New Habit

Temptation

The Touch of the Master's Hand

Chapter 13 Daily Prayer 175

Why Pray?

Thought Determines Action

The Classroom of Silence

Getting Started

Do I Have to Go to Church to Pray?

Begin Today

Cast Into the Deep

Chapter 14 The Mass 205

Prepare Yourself

Get Yourself a Mass Journal

A Quick Journey Through the Mass

Spiritual Game Changer

My Favorite Prayer

Beyond You & Me

Embrace the Gift

Chapter 15 The Bible 229

Where Did the Bible Come From?

Jesus: The Turning Point in Human History

Where Should You Start?

Beyond the Gospels

Stories, Questions and Prayers

77 Years

Chapter 16 Fasting 247

In Search of a Vision

Body and Soul

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

Where, When, and for How Long?

Chapter 17 Spiritual Reading 265

An Ancient Tradition

What Should We Read?

When, Where, and for How Long?

Adult Education

Keeping the Star in Sight

Chapter 18 The Rosary 270

Why Have We Abandoned the Rosary?

Benefits

Growth in Virtue

Twenty Lessons

More Than One Way

The Real Objection

Mary

Part 4 Now Is Our Time 285

Chapter 19 Time for a Change 287

Are We Willing to Change?

What Should We Focus On?

Education

Evangelization

Vocations

Chapter 20 Leadership 309

Paralyzed by Fear

Courage

Bold Leadership

Servant Leadership

Chapter 21 Return to Virtue 317

The World Needs the Church

Something Wonderful is About to Happen

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