Fans of Edward Hays's earlier books will recognize themselves or loved ones in these courageous letters from this trusted spiritual guide. A priest for fifty years, Hays understands the pain and anguish of Catholics and other Christians who feel disheartened by or alienated from the church. These letters offer compassion, spiritual guidance, and good reason to hope for these "Exodus Christians" and for those who provide them pastoral care. He reminds his readers that being a faithful disciple of Christ means much more than going to church every Sunday and challenges them to live the gospel every day of the week.
Father Edward M. Hays was the author of more than thirty books on contemporary spirituality. He was the co-founder and moving spirit of Forest of Peace Publishing and founding director of Shantivanam, a Midwest center for contemplative prayer. He served as a chaplain of the state penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas, parish priest, and spiritual director. Hays spent extended periods of pilgrimage in the Near East, the Holy Land, and India while remaining a prolific writer and painter. Fr. Hays died in 2016.
A delightful and refreshingly honest exploration of the contemporary exodus from the institutional church. Food in the desert, indeed, for all those struggling to find their way in our shifting ecclesiastical times.
- Edwina Gateley, Author of In God's Womb
Ed Hays has listened to stories of Catholics and other Christians alienated from their church. In these letters, he shines light in the darkness, offering comfort and profoundly needed hope.
- Tom Fox, National Catholic Reporter
In Letters to Exodus Christians, Father Edward Hays enfolds us in his compassion and reveals through these heartfelt letters the tremendous value of active listening and true pastoral care for those who feel estranged, rejected, or betrayed by the church.
- Robert J. Bowers, Consultant for Outreach and Reconciliation, The Paulist Center, Boston