In his first-ever memoir, Fr. Benedict Groeschel introduces you to the men and women who have influenced him over the course of his life. Some are unknown, such as Mr. Graff, a Jewish man who tailored the suit the young man would wear to the seminary. His advice: "Look, I don't understand about monasteries, but I'll give you a piece of advice. Be a good boy." Some are famous, such as Mother Teresa, Cardinal O'Connor, and Fr. Solanus Casey who once, in Fr. Benedict's presence, stepped unprotected into a swarm of angry bees, pulled out his harmonica, and played "Mother McCree" to calm them.
All of them changed his life in big and small ways. Their stories will not only inspire you, but also help you appreciate those you have met over the years who have enriched and deepened your own life and inspire you to make a difference in someone else's life.
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About the Author
A priest for fifty years, FATHER BENEDICT J. GROESCHEL, C.F.R., is one of the founding members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He is a psychologist, an internationally known speaker and a retreat master. His numerous books include Healing the Original Wound (Servant Books), Tears of God, The Virtue Driven Life, and After this Life. Father Groeschel can also be seen as host of the weekly EWTN program, Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is an easy read and surely will bring to the reader's mind many similar people who have impacted our lives. Perhaps we have forgotten them until our memory is jarred by the author.
Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. is an author, psychologist, retreat master, and internationally known speaker. In the opening of Travelers Along the Way, he writes that believers look at life as a journey guided by divine law and the teaching of Christ. Those with whom we connect along the way, from family members to public figures we have never have met, affect us deeply. He describes the content of his 42 chapters as "a series of glimpses" of some of those who have influenced his life. Considering that Groeschel has been a priest for more than 50 years, it isn't surprising that most of those profiled are priests and members of religious orders. It is also not surprising that as we read of his encounters we come to recognize that most if not all of them would claim Benedict Groeschel as one who has influenced their lives for the good. Unfailingly, those he admires are humble, kind, gentle, generous. They are devoted to scripture, prayer, and following Jesus. Many have faced extreme challenges with courage and even good humor. Groeschel characterizes several, including Fr. Bob Stanion, as especially "colorful." Stanion, he writes, generated interesting, moving and unexpectedly humorous stories without even trying. During his transition from professed brother to ordination, "Br. Bob" served as a cook at the retreat house where Groeschel lived. Members of the hierarchy often spent time at the house, and "such visits were destined to be moments of high anxiety for me," writes Groeschel. "To say that Br. Bob was somewhat lacking in a sense of formality around the hierarchy is a gross understatement." He recalls Br. Bob saying "Welcome to Trinity, Your Em-and-Ems" when Cardinal Cooke arrived. Stanion also addressed Cooke as "Your Insignificance." Groeschel reports that Cooke, a man even kinder than Br. Bob, "took all this with great good humor." Whether describing a colorful character or a near-martyr, socialite-turned-Carmelite, or boy lost to suicide, Groeschel brings his gifts as observer and writer to every story in Travelers along the Way.