Rediscovering Catholicism: Journeying Toward Our Spiritual North Star / Edition 1

Rediscovering Catholicism: Journeying Toward Our Spiritual North Star / Edition 1

by Matthew Kelly
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Rediscovering Catholicism: Journeying Toward Our Spiritual North Star / Edition 1

Over the past ten 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 the myths that surround the practice and rejection of Catholicism today, and provides a profound and practical vision of what will lead the Catholic Church to thrive again in the future. "Holiness is to become the-best-version-of-yourself. Francis of Assisi spent his whole life trying to become the best-version-of-himself. Mother Teresa spent her whole life trying to become the-best-version-of-herself. God calls us all to holiness, because God wants each of us to be all we can be." "The goal of the Christian life is holiness," Kelly explains, "but somewhere along the way this term disappeared from most Catholic's vocabulary. Either because we thought it was an unattainable ideal or because we felt it lacked relevance in the modern context. Maybe we thought the idea of holiness made people feel guilty. Perhaps we just wanted to make it easier for people. Whatever the reason, the disappearance of this goal hasn't made it easier for modern Catholics; it's made it harder for them."

"Have you ever tried to find your way to a place you have never been before with no directions, no map, and no clear description of the destination?" "The great confusion that is torturing the Church and weakening our faith surrounds one question. What is holiness? The falling attendance at church, the marginalization of the Church by our secular culture, and our failure to reach the youth are all caused by our inability to communicate clearly the answer to this question. What is holiness?" "Modern men and women have simply become disoriented. We have lost our way. By putting aside the goal of the Christian life -- this call to holiness -- we have lost sight of the great Spiritual North Star. The North Star is the only star in the sky that never moves; it remains constant, unwavering, and therefore is truly a guide. If we are to find our way, we must rediscover the great Spiritual North Star."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781929266081
Publisher: Beacon Publishing
Publication date: 01/10/2002
Pages: 313
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1We Become What We Celebrate
Chapter 1Our Universal Hunger7
Appearance vs. The Authentic
Why Has Christianity Been Rejected?
The Cry for Help
Chapter 2The Prevailing Philosophy15
Chapter 3Is Jesus Still Relevant?23
Our Quest for Happiness
God & Happiness
The Attitude of Christ
The Role of Discipline
Jesus in History
Chapter 4Searching for Identity35
The Mission
The Adventure of Salvation
Catholics Today
Catholicism is a Lifestyle
Identity Crisis
Chapter 5What are We Celebrating?43
The Future of Catholicism
The Solution
Let the Celebration Begin
Part 2The Authentic Life
Chapter 6What is the Authentic Life?57
Fostering the Inner Life
Modern Despair
Our Essential Purpose
What is Holiness?
Vatican II
The Depression
Chapter 7The Path is Well Trodden75
In Search of Excellence
The Saints
Common Objections
The Pedestal Syndrome
The Rejection of Discipline
Keeping the Goal in Sight
Chapter 8Even a Blind Man Knows...89
Francis of Assisi
Mother Teresa
The Cure Ars
Thomas More
John Paul II
Taking the Gospel Seriously
Chapter 9What Sets Them Apart?121
Singleness of Purpose
The Will of God
How Would You Like Your Life to Change?
Chapter 10Their Attraction & Influence133
Spiritual Friends & Loneliness
Foster this Spirit
Bright Lights
Chapter 11Who Will Be Next?139
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 3The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality
Chapter 12Reconciliation157
Turning to God
I am a Sinner
The Drama of Life
The Sacramental Setting
Common Objections
Behold the Beauty
A New Habit
The Touch of the Master's Hand
Chapter 13Contemplation177
Thought Determines Action
The Classroom of Silence
A Starting Point
The Big Question
Action Without Prayer
Geography of Prayer
Begin Today
Chapter 14The Mass191
Rediscovering the Mass
A Personal Prayer
The Prayers of the Mass
My Favorite Prayer
Our Father
Embrace the Gift
Chapter 15The Bible203
Where Did the Bible Come From?
The Power of the Word
"Dad, if you really love me..."
Chapter 16Fasting223
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
Chapter 17Spiritual Reading243
An Ancient Tradition
What Should We Read?
When, Where, & for How Long
Adult Education
Keeping the Star in Sight
Chapter 18The Rosary251
Why Have We Abandoned the Rosary?
Growth in Virtue
Fifteen Lessons
More than One Way
Part 4Now is Our Time
Chapter 19Time for a Change269
Are We Willing to Change?
What Should We Focus On?
Chapter 20Leadership293
Paralyzed By Fear
Bold Leadership
Servant Leadership
Chapter 21Return to Virtue305
The Role of Virtue
The World Needs the Church
About this Book
Something Wonderful is About to Happen

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Rediscovering Catholicism: Journeying toward Our Spiritual North Star 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Rediscovering Catholicism...' gives us the 'whys' of religion. In clear, easy-to-understand language, Matthew Kelly points us in a direction that many no longer believe is viable. His youth and vibrancy resonate in his writings as he teaches with a wisdom far beyond his years. 'Seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.' Matthew tells us where to look and his passion and conviction ring true. This is a great book to give as a gift to those who are truly searching. The answers inside the covers of this book are awesomely simple, but incredibly profound. If you are looking for direction in your life, or if you are looking for God, or if you are just confused, I highly recommend this book. It has the power to change your life.
CCD-dave More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. Not only is it inspirational it makes you think, truly think about our entire life as a person. This book is a very easy read. It is as if you can hear Matthew Kelly speaking to you. He proposes thought provoking questions and provides faith based answers. He truly highlights why the Church and Her teachings are good for us and our everyday lives. By "Rediscovering Catholicism" we are rediscovering our selves. The author, Matthew Kelly, inspires us all to "become the best version of ourselves".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes us back to the basics of the Catholic faith and must be read by every cradle Catholic who practice their faith out of habit.
Elphaba71 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book I highly recommend it to every "cradle Catholic" I read it and kept reading more and more by Matthew and it is transforming me.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an EXCELLENT book full of hidden tresures. Go again, Matthew!