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Choosing to Be Catholic

For the First Time or Once Again

Author(s): William J. O'Malley

ISBN13: 9781594713439

ISBN10: 159471343X

Publisher: Ave Maria Press; Revised edition (31 Mar 2013)

Extent: 256 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 20.2 x 1.8 x 14 cm

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  • First published in 2001, Choosing to Be Catholic has sold nearly 25,000 copies and maintains its status as a Catholic parish favorite. In this revised edition, Jesuit priest, master-teacher, and bestselling author William J. O’Malley, S.J., prompts seekers and skeptics alike to ask a new set of questions as they hunger and search for God.


    He demonstrates once again his uncanny ability to approach the human quest for God with refreshingly frank discourse as he sorts out the Hows, Whys, and So whats of being Catholic. With razor sharp focus, O’Malley offers a cultured and deeply personal argument for Catholicism to those curious about joining the Church, those wondering if they should stay, and those “vacationing” from it.

    Ideal Uses for Choosing to Be Catholic:

     - RCIA

     - Gift for spiritual seekers

     - Faith-sharing groups


    Table of Contents:




    Uncertainty: The Meaning of Faith

    The First Conversion: Humanity


    A World without Enchantment: Atheism

    The Case for God

    The Other Faces of God: World Religions

    Your Basic Christian

    Why Be Catholic?

    Scripture from Scratch

    The Hebrew Scriptures

    The Gospel Becomes the Gospels

    The Church

    The Sacraments

    The Days of the Lord


  • William J. O'Malley

    William O'Malley, SJ, has taught religion to high school seniors for 45 years, presently at Fordham Prep in the Bronx. He has published 37 books and over 100 articles, received four best-article awards and one best-book award from The Catholic Press Association, and directed 99 plays and musicals with both students and adults.

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    William O’Malley, S.J., has been a leader in Catholic secondary and higher education, Christian spiritual writing and speaking, and fundamental faith formation in this country for the last 40 years. He is a Jesuit priest who cannot write an uninteresting sentence, and never fails to inspire.

     - Rev. James Martin, S.J., Author of Between Heaven and Mirth


    Because we have to ask many questions about being Catholic today, no one is better prepared to give us intelligent, honest, and faith-filled answers than O'Malley. Just when you think you have considered every perspective, O'Malley will give you another one—and it will be well worth considering!

     - Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico


    I have long respected O'Malley's work and find his clear, concise, and direct manner truly beneficial for pastoral leaders and those we serve. Choosing to Be Catholic is perfect for so many who seek deeper understanding of our faith.

     - Leisa Anslinger, Founder and Director, Catholic Life and Faith


    If you are a spiritual seeker, this book is for you. An experienced teacher and writer, O’Malley deftly guides the reader on a journey that tackles key issues of modern belief, such as the nature of the soul, the existence of God and the value of religion. Because it is a journey that challenges us to rethink our deepest values, it is one well worth taking.

     - Neil A. Parent, Author of A Concise Guide to Adult Faith Formation