Monday, February 22, 2010

Lenten reading


Although I hate those meme things, I am intrigued to find out what people are reading for Lent. For my spiritual reading, I am finally reading Pope Benedict's Jesus of Nazareth, just a couple of pages a day. For my Lenten study, Cardinal George's book, The Difference God Makes. He is, I think, the most intellectually able of the current bench of US bishops, and this collection is worth wading through. He echoes John Allen's new book, Future Church (or Allen echoes him), about the need for a return to apologetics, and some interesting things to say about evangelizing US culture.


"The public authority, the government, while it must protect freedom and foster justice, cannot teach. But the Church can; and this claim to teach the truth is truly counter cultural. It explains why anti-Catholicism is a socially and intellectually respectable prejudice among much of the cultural elite in this country. Since the culture is too narrow for Gospel truth, Catholic evangelizers want to enlarge American culture and broaden its vision."


Cardinal Francis George, OMI.

7 comments:

Eugenia said...

I'm reading Dietrich von Hildebrand's "Die Umgestaltung in Christus" (in Russian). My spiritual director gave me this book.

gemoftheocean said...

Oh, I'm just trying to put in at least a 1/2 hour a day reading the New Testament. I always try and read it like if it's for the first time, and/or see if there's some aspect of that reading I missed.

[I STILL can't stand Paul on a personal level. Paul snottily says in Ephesians that he "doesn't allow a woman to teach" and yet Priscilla and Aquilla BOTH set Apollos straight -- and this after dear old Paulie had lived with P&A for about a year. So Priscilla wasn't buying his bag of wind either on that score. Furthermore the church thinks Paul's a big ole bag of wind on the subject too, those weren't MALE nuns in our schols teaching us the catechism.)

And it's always fun to read parallel accounts. I loved how in the Jesus walking on Water story in two of the accounts it's noted "Jesus meant to pass them by...." I guess not feeling like helping those guys row against the wind.

the owl of the remove said...

Sorry tibot - something went wrong with the "publish' thing - I liked the beer quotes!

laurie said...

The daily meditation from Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, attempting (this may well have to extend beyond Lent) Realizations, Bl. John Henry Newman's selection of 13 sermons, St. Louis de Montfort's letters to the Friends of the Cross, &, for a book group, Scott Hahn's The Lamb's Supper.

Aunty Belle said...

Biography of St. Catherine of Sienna by Sigrid Undset.

Ginny said...

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers. Interesting stuff......

Adam said...

"The Liturgical Year" by Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B.