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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ISBN-13: 9781937509019
Publisher: Blue Sparrow
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Series: Rediscover Catholicism Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 236,298
File size: 715 KB

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




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


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


A New Habit


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?


Growth in Virtue

Twenty Lessons

More Than One Way

The Real Objection


Part 4 Now Is Our Time 285

Chapter 19 Time for a Change 287

Are We Willing to Change?

What Should We Focus On?




Chapter 20 Leadership 309

Paralyzed by Fear


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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Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
faithMG More than 1 year ago
This book helps you to think about your Catholic faith. It covers the problems of not only the church but the world as well. There are several themes repeated through out this book. I enjoyed reading on my Nook. I recommend while reading to also read around any of the bible verses mentioned it helped me to take home a stronger message. The book's translations of bible verses are modernized to fit the reading style. This does not take away from thier value or importance. The author does use a few sweeping brush stokes in making his points. At times his point lacks a compelling view or a good focus. Some of his explainations are just too simple and lack real understanding of life's complexities. Yet his challenges are awesome and not to be left unexamained or practiced. I truly loved his chapter on the saints and thier authentic lives. I read this book as part of a study group with my church.
ckbasi More than 1 year ago
For the first hundred pages I was skeptical; the prose wanders quite a bit, and reads like a motivational talk filled with generalities but little of substance. I kept waiting for him to dig in and tell us how to get from here to there. The overarching theme is that to revitalize our faith, the Church and the world, we must strive to become the "best versions of ourselves." It is a a worthy theme, but it took a long time to make every point; the book could have been cut by a third and still had the same impact. However, it is a worthwhile read for the chapters on the Pillars of Catholicism: confession, daily prayer, the Mass, the Bible, fasting, spiritual reading, and the rosary. Here, at last, he really delves into the rationale behind each of these practices. For instance, in the fasting chaper, he outlines the idea that true freedom can only be found when we are not slaves to the body. We would like to think our mind and soul is in charge, but the truth is that the body's desires are the driving force behind many of our actions. Many of the most self-destructive behaviors in our society are possible because the body is behind the wheel instead of the mind and will. Fasting teaches you discipline and frees you from the slavery to the body's desires. Once I got there, I understood his reticence to hit specifics. Every person's calling is different, as unique as the individual, and his goal is to show us a path to finding out for ourselves what that is. A valid point, I think. Overall: Well worth reading, but be aware that you'll have to wade through a lot of words to get to the point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most wonderful books I've read in ages ... I read quite a lot and try to read on different topics. This is a spiritual book and also written by a lovely Catholic man, but this would be a good book for any serious Christian to read. We can not deny that there is something seriously wrong in our world today, Matthew does an excellent job of telling us what it is and what to do about it. I just ordered 500 copies from the author to pass out to everyone I bump into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a treassure that synthesizes the Catholic spirituality in a very practical way. The book is fresh, easy to read and orthodox. Many questions that I had have found a solid answer. I hope you choose to read the book; read it slowly in order to meditate its content and when you are done, share it others EMaus
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get it, read it, pass it on. Too many Catholics are sitting back waiting for someone to tell them what they need to do. Here is the roadmap to reigniting (or igniting for the first time) the Catholic passion and finding our direction. Faith, Hope & Love
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for spiritual growth. If every Catholic reads and apply what is in this book, the Catholic church would flourish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reccomend to all Catholics!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matthew Kelley makes you proud to be a Catholic!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can anyone ever doubt God, the Church, or the purpose of our life on earth? Why do we keep turning away from the truth? How could i have ever thought my religion was silly or embarrassing? How could i not always recognize how amazing and beautiful my Faith was? I read this book and it was like somebody turned on a strobe light in my face: to bright to ignore or doubt. I am a teenager and i will remember this book my whole life. I truly rediscovered catholicism. Read this book and pass it on!!!
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FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
There are many challenges facing the Catholic Church, and these challenges are also faced by many other faiths throughout the world. Matthew Kelly touches so very briefly on many issues which have caused many people to leave the Church and abandon active Catholicism. We cannot ignore the issues of contraception, pedophilia by the clergy, divorce, etc. Our crazy lives have separated us from the values that many of us were raised with, and it is sad to realize how far we have strayed from our spiritual North Star, our True North. But many feel that the hard realities of life are in conflict with Church policies and Mr. Kelly skates over these issues and turns the onus onto each Catholic to resolve. His brevity on these issues does not help us resolve our inner turmoil and our inability to rediscover Catholicism as our faith. The sections on prayer, the Mass, the Bible, spiritual readings and the Rosary were good; however, some chapters were very redundant and repetitive, and somewhat preachy. Many of us try to live our lives through our faith. Do we really need to rediscover Catholicism? What we really need is to return to the core teachings of Jesus Christ, and embrace these teachings as the way we need to live our lives.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book that helps one dive deeper into their Catholic faith. Matthew Kelly is a fantastic writer. Easy read.  I actually read this with the College students that I work with. Very helpful.
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Matthew Kelly has no formal theological training and it shows. If you want a book focused on warm/fuzzy private spirituality you will find it here. However, if you want  a Catholicism that challenges our cultural systems of privilege and patriarchy found in the Catholic tradition of social justice and necessary for full participation in our Catholic faith, don't look here.
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This is a very good book with interesting ideas and often some very good advice. However he kills the message with his constant use of cliche quotes which tends to render the message a bit on the phony baloney side. By the end of the book I swear if I heard "be abetter version of yourself" again I was going to burn the book. It can all be summed up by translating the cliches into just be a good person and you will see a great change in your life. There, you just saved 14 bucks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luv the intro
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
A force to be reckon with, the Catholic Church contributes many good things to society. Besides feeding, teaching, and pasturing millions around the globe, the Church is the largest institution on the planet. However in recent years, scandals and a lower rate of church attendance has called for a renewal of the faith. In Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose by Matthew Kelly, the author tries to shed light to the basic tenets of the Catholic Faith. This book is an attempt to conjure and inspire a new generation of Catholics to reap the benefits of the Universal church. More than simply a Catholic book, Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose by Matthew Kelly is an helpful guide to discover the spiritual part of our human existence.
RevWriter More than 1 year ago
This book is somewhat like something in the "......for dumies series"