Category Archives: On My Bookshelf

On My Bookshelf: Letter to a Suffering Church

My boss gave me a copy of Bishop Barron’s book. It’s a quick read–about an hour. It covers all the bases: victims, survivors, clergy, bishops, and outraged laity. The author’s name will get this book attention, sales, and reads, but … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Gift Of Peace

My beloved wife acquired this book many years ago. She is more of a collector than I, so it sat on my shelf for many years. I pulled it out last week, on impulse. She was having a difficult dental … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Into Your Hands, Father

My boss’s Christmas present this year was the small book Into Your Hands,  Father. She mentioned it was recommended by our archbishop, something he gifted to pastors and lay coordinators. It was the best bishop-sourced suggestion since this book. I may … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Pope

I saw the playwright Anthony McCarten’s book in my local library’s new book shelf. I wondered what a non-journalist, non-theologian would have to say about “the pope.” It’s a quick read. Not very flattering of the last three popes, but … Continue reading

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Fatigue

In the collection Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, the editor provides a series of prayers to accompany the Spiritual Exercises. (I recommend this book very highly, not just for people making the Exercises. So many of the prayers apply to … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Day 8

One of my two favorite astronomy books of all time. Usually I go for planets and smaller bodies–my astronomy leans more to geology and physics and cosmology. But this book is great.

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Book Challenge Day 7

I have valued the guidance of spiritual directors in person far more than books they’ve recommended, but this collection of prayers stands above others as formative for my early spiritual life. Before I read it, I sang the psalms; afterward, … Continue reading

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