"Our sovereign God watches over history the history of nations as well as our personal history and is actively involved in its drama [and] development." Cardinal Donald Wuerl
In this signature book Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl lays out a solid foundation for understanding the roots of Catholic laity's participation in the public arena, providing the tools you need to become an insightful ambassador for the kingdom of God.
It is ironic that American Christians are at once citizens of a democracy and of a kingdom. Yet it is precisely within the context of the divine kingdom that we have the potential to be the best citizens of our nation. Preparation for undertaking this mission requires a sharpening of our spiritual senses, so that we become living signs of the kingdom of God.
The heart of Seek First the Kingdom is a masterful survey of the teachings of the Scriptures, theology, and Tradition on citizenship in the Kingdom of God. No mere metaphor, the Kingdom is real and substantial. At the same time it is a spiritual mystery: Christ promised a Kingdom but he gave the world very human disciples to announce it, not just by their words but also by their deeds.
Readers will be encouraged and emboldened to take their place as Catholics dedicated to the renewal of our nation.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Mary Ann Glendon 7
Chapter 1 We Look for a Kingdom 13
Chapter 2 The Kingdom Is Like ... 19
Chapter 3 The Kingdom and the Church 27
Chapter 4 Signs of the Kingdom 35
Chapter 5 The Kingdom in the Public Square 43
Chapter 6 The Kingdom and the Secular 53
Chapter 7 Standing for the Kingdom 61
Chapter 8 Ambassadors for the Kingdom 71
Chapter 9 Re-Proposing the Kingdom 83
Chapter 10 Kingdom as Conscience 93
Chapter 11 The Voice of the Kingdom 101
Chapter 12 Politics and the Kingdom 109
Chapter 13 The Kingdom's Healing Power 121
Chapter 14 Education for the Kingdom 131
Chapter 15 The Priesthood: Witness of the Kingdom 141
Chapter 16 In the Court of the Kingdom 149
Chapter 17 Eucharist: Food for the Kingdom 157
Chapter 18 Manifesting the Kingdom 163
Chapter 19 Till Kingdom Come 171
Afterword Robert P. George 181