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Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics Paperback – Mar 23 2001
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Solidly orthodox while avoiding cloying pietism, the book's gently avuncular delivery is engaging, and those whose faith has been diluted over many years in dioceses shepherded by less serious men than the author will benefit from a renewed awareness of the central notion of this book: the true Faith makes demands that must be met with our actions. And too, it is not enough, if it is anything, to be nominally Catholic.
Socrates, in Plato's Meno, attempts to demonstrate that things we already know, but don't know we know, must be teased out of us by a skilled interlocutor. Catholicism in America today, it might be said, is in dire need of more and better interlocutors, as many Catholics find themselves poorly catechized and unable to contend with real and never-ending wordly impediments to eternal life. Chaput is the best of a new (old) breed of Catholic bishops, succeeding in conveying the truth of the Catholic faith in its fullness, undiluted. He does so with magnetism and sympathy.
The act of redemption having been accomplished it's been said that every person created was and is the fulfillment of a love story unique and unrepeatable. Hence, each person has incredible dignity and worth. The plan that exists for the journey home to God is available if we but only cooperate with it.
Tucked within just eleven chapters containing a total of 159 pages, this plan is presented by the Archbishop. He reaches back for basics as those listed in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, hoping that they are no longer on just our "to do" lists but activated now in our daily lives. Brief as the book is, he considers among many listings the commandments and sacraments.
An adequate review of such a book requires time because just a blink of an eye can cause one to miss a treasured word or two of this carefully chosen script.Read more ›
The subtitle to his book is "Rediscovering the Basics." I had high hopes that the basics would be in the realm of affirmation of life and a restatement of the love Christ said to us. I must give the man (Chaput not Christ) credit for saying lots of things that do the work of lifting my bruised spirit, but unlike Christ, Chaput takes back what he gives.
This is first seen only three pages into Chapter One when he says, "Becoming a Christian is never merely an act of loyalty to an institution, or agreeing with a body of doctrines." I like this--it sounds like Thomas Merton to me. But then two sentences later he takes it all back with this bit of orthodoxy: "We can't claim to be part of the People of God, but separate ourselves from the structures of authority in the Church." p.16
How do I give this book five stars? It does what a book should do for you, it gives you a workout. Traditional Catholics will get a rosy feeling reading this book, but the rest of us, the ones to whom Christ might have said "Get behind me Satan." will wonder what their Christianity is all about when they read the book. Chaput says "God is personal", but suggests over and over again that the Catholic Church, stepping in for God, is not.
Most recent customer reviews
This is an easy to read book that is packed full of great principles, ideas, and instruction on meanings of the Catholic faith. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004 by S. Lucyk
Wow, this book is realy great! The Archbishop has managed to pack a great deal of Catholicism into a tiny and easily manageable book. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004
This book seems, to me anyway, to be frequently comprised of sentences that lead up to deeply penetrating and thought provoking "illuminations". Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004
If we had more bishops who present the faith with such fervor, fullness, and fidelity, the Church would not be mired in the scandals that plague it: the sexual abuse scandals, the... Read morePublished on Dec 28 2002 by Oswald Sobrino
Archbishop Chaput explains not only what Catholics believe, but how to live according to those beliefs. He is straightforward and clear, but unfailingly positive. Read morePublished on April 25 2002 by Richard A. Libby
This is a fine book which explains the essential beliefs of Catholicism and living the life of faith. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2002 by Steven K. Szmutko
Bishop Chaput's presentation of the Catholic faith is done in a style that makes this a very enjoyable and quick read. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2001 by Michael Dubruiel
Archbishop Chaput presents the topics in easy to understand terms with no complicated theology or complex theories. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2001