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A Fragile Kingdom - Reflections on Sunday Readings

Author(s): Gary Wade

ISBN13: 9781853909252

ISBN10: 1853909254

Publisher: Veritas

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  • Based on sermons from a selection of Sunday readings, Gary Wade s A Fragile Kingdom encourages us as Christians to appreciate the presence of God revealed in the secular. Drawing on an eclectic range of literature, from Scripture through to modern poetry and prose, A Fragile Kingdom tackles many topical issues from sectarianism and terrorism to personal issues of family loss and rebirth. As Christians we experience life on a precarious threshold between hope and despair, happiness and sadness; but by putting our trust in God and appreciating His work in the beauty of the world around us, we learn to live in the in-between world of the kingdom present and the kingdom still to come. A Fragile Kingdom is a thought-provoking and timely meditation on coping with the fluid and troubled world in which we live.

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    Gary Wade writes in an accessible yet lyrical way enabling the reader to share in... personal discoveries and the epiphany moments when new insight is born... Rather than being inundated by art and literature, the writer enables the reader to see the importance of beauty in the search for God. The reader, the seeker, the believer is invited to look at the world differently to have a capacity for awe, to cultivate a sense of wonder to search for the beautiful in everyday. The writer believes that beauty can be a path to God and can enable the reader to answer life s deeper questions. A critique is that the reflections are so personal that they could impede a preacher from adopting some of the ideas. A personal, point in time reflection can also date quickly as references can be to current issues. The writer, however, does not claim that this is a book exclusively for the use of preachers. I enjoyed this publication and benefited from it. I look forward to reading more of this writer s rich literary style and know that many will benefit form the intimacies shared and the questions asked.

    - The Furrow

    A Fragile Kingdom is a collection of homilies by a young priest, Gary Wade, who is Head of Classical Studies and Spiritual Director in St Columbs College, Derry. Based on a selection of the Sunday Mass readings, it tackles issues like sectarianism and terrorism as well as personal issues of family loss and rebirth. There is a freshness and topicality both about the themes and the treatment. As Christians we experience life on a precarious threshold between hope and despair, happiness and sadness; but by putting our trust in God and appreciating His work in the beauty of the world around us, we learn to live in the in-between world of the kingdom present in us now and the kingdom still to come. Readers will find this book both challenging and consoling as they struggle to cope with the fragile and troubled world we live in.

    - CatholicIreland.net

    A thoughtful and erudite book by a Derry priest uses a selection of Sunday readings as a basis for reflections. As his experience since ordination in 1997 is in the north, his reflections are naturally coloured by the particular difficulties of that situation. Sectarianism and the legacy of terrorism feature as do personal issues of family loss and tragedy. He brings the passages of scripture to bear on each situation but also a wide knowledge of poetry, literature and art. It is a worthwhile read.

    - The Church Review


  • The Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

    The ideas for the reflections that follow were generated by various Sundays and Feasts in the Liturgical Year, covering the three-year cycle. They have been written, however, as reflections on Christian living and, therefore, do not follow any particular cycle or liturgical sequence. In arranging them I have attempted to invite the reader to move from despair to hope, from the fragments of our faith and our lives to their restoration through the Risen Christ. At this point I beg the readers patience. Since the reflections in the first two sections concentrate on brokenness in both the Church and society some readers may find them hard work. Although the series of reflections begins on a note of despair and ends on a more hopeful note, it is not necessary to read them in this way. The reader can dip in and out of the series without having to pay detailed attention to the overall theme of the book.

    I have attempted in this book to order my own thought and to articulate for myself, as well as my readers, the joys and challenges of living the Christian life in todays Church and society. Much of this book is personal and I share it with you in the hope that you will connect with some of the very human stories I recall. It is also personal in the sense that I have been awakened to the great gift of Gods grace in the world, not only in the human encounters I have been part of, but also in the expression of lifeós meaning and value in literature and in art.

    So these reflections often jump from very real human encounters to drawing out the moral significance of a novel or the spiritual insight of a particular painter or sculptor. It is hoped in this way to show that Godós grace can be revealed in many different ways and that the Kingdom of God is present in many different aspects of life. Above all I have tried to articulate the fragility of life and of faith and the necessity of treating each other with compassion and kindness, aware that the Kingdom of God is with us and still in the future. We live out our lives in faith, hope and love in this fragile kingdom.
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A Fragile Kingdom - Reflections on Sunday Readings