Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know: The Divine Surprises and Chastisements That Shaped the Church and Changed the World Paperback – Mar 1 2006
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Familiarize yourself with some of the most amazing turning points in the fascinating history of Christ's Church. There are the saints and sinners, popes and kings that God used to shape his Church and change the world. You'll meet Clovis and Charlemagne, Luther and Pope Leo, Suleiman and St. Francis, the Arians, the Franks, the Huguenots, and others whose sins or sacrifices altered the course of history. Here, too, are the wars and plagues, the ideas and institutions — and, yes, the miracles — that gave birth to our Christian civilization and often threatened to doom it. Experience the battles of Tours and Lepanto, the Crusades, the Russian Revolution, and Fatima, the miracle that foretold (and offered a way to prevent) the conflicts that killed millions in the twentieth century. Wars and terrorism have rendered the first years of our new century no less bloody. Has God now abandoned us? Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know finds the answer in history: from the first days of the Christian era, at key moments when civilization hung in the balance, God has intervened — sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically — but ever and always he has come forward himself or given strength to those who were faithful to him. Consider, for example: Constantine, the pagan general who, in a desperate hour, saw a vision that made him a Christian and led to the conversion of the entire Roman Empire Pope St. Leo, who confronted Attila the Hun face-to-face and, without sword or dagger, turned back this "Scourge of God" and all his murderous hordes The surprising victories of the outgunned armies that thrust back the Moors, the Turks, and the barbarians — just when Christendom faced annihilation Plus:St. Genevieve, Pepin the Short, Pope St. Pius V, St. Margaret Mary, and countless others who, in crucial moments, were called by God to save his people and give new life to our culture an
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The chapter on Clovis's baptism is fascinating. As Rome disintegrates in the West, a fifteen-year-old Frankish pagan assumes the throne in Gaul. For a time it seems that the king is impervious to conversion. But the patient witness of both his saintly wife (St.) Clotilda and the bishop St. Remigius wear him down, and he is baptised to great aplomb on Christmas Day in 496. Western civilization thus survives an existential crisis, and a foundation is laid for the era of Christendom ushered in by Charlemagne three centuries later.
Readers should know that Ms. Moczar is a decidedly Catholic historian. She attempts to discern the hand of God -- Providence -- in the events she describes. You may disagree with some of her conclusions about the heaviness of His hand in this event or that, but she is nonetheless a first-rate scholar and, just as importantly, an excellent writer with crisp prose.
"Ten Dates" would make an interesting selection for a Catholic book club, as members could explore a chapter-length event per month. Ms. Moczar's style is very accessible, and readers as young as high-school-age will have no difficulty navigating the text.
As a recent catholic convert and an individual who unjustifiably fancies himself an amateur historian, to me this book was a revelation. I had never previously read a history from a catholic perspective and this book was the perfect introduction. I'm convinced the thesis of this small book could be expanding into a phenomenal multivolume work.
I found the author's chapters entitled "The Protestant Catastrophe" and "The Age of Revolution" especially fascinating. These chapters made clear concepts I was only beginning to independently form.
This book found its way into my hands at just the right time and has had a profound effect on how I view history.
I was thrilled reading about how God used flawed, difficult (Constantine was no choir boy) people to make history. Dr. Moczar has a marvelous sense of humor and I'd love to sit in on one of her classes. Her descpriptions of the teenaged King Clovis, his saintly bride, Rapsputin, Pope Leo and Saint Bruno were marvelous. Two women mentioned were particularly awesome: Saint Genevieve, the protectress of Paris and Countess Matilda who repeatedly fought off the Germans, and protected the pope.
I was especially moved by the pitiful end of the Dauphin of France and chilled by the descrption of the mess caused at the end of the Ottomans and how we are all still living with the mistakes made by the West then.
The last part of the book is on Fatima, and I was reminded that the visit from Our Lady was not a one time thing but a warning for our age as well as the people who lived in 1917.
This is an excellent book. I wish I could give it ten stars.
This book is wonderful! An easy read, especially for a history book, but not lacking in sufficient detail. The book would provide one with a good, basic background, and could also be used as the first step towards a more involved study of the Church's history.
Just as the title implies, every Catholic should have a basic knowledge of the events in this book, and this book is a wonderful place to gain such knowledge. I would recommend it to all, including new converts. After all, to study Church history is to become Catholic.