ABOU THE BOOK
The American Catholic community prior to Vatican II can be numbered among the most vital expressions of Catholicism in history. Despite the cultural divide separating us from that era, the contributors to this book, a whos who of theologians and spiritual writers, assess whether reclaimed spiritual wisdom from those times can enrich the faith lives of Catholics today.
With topics ranging from devotional practices such as the Rosary, to perspectives on the church, priesthood, religious life, and sexuality, to profiles of figures including Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day, the contributors include Richard McBrien, Luke Timothy Johnson, Dianne Bergant, Donald Cozzens, Richard Rohr, Ronald Rolheiser, Mary Boys, and Christine Gudorf.
Michael J. Daley teaches religion at St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati and serves as an adjunct teacher of theology at Xavier University. He has co-edited two other books, Vatican II: Forty Personal Stories and The Many Marks of the Church.
Thomas Groome is professor of theology and religious education at Boston College. He is the author of Christian Religious Education, widely regarded as the most important and influential contemporary work on the subject, and of Sharing Faith, a foundational work on Christian ministry. He is also the principal author of the Coming to Faith series, the bestselling K-8 religion curriculum in Catholic schools and parishes today.
I love this book. . . . The writers have caught the mystery of Christ in us, which is everything.
- Sister Helen Prejean, author, Dead Man Walking
"This stroll down the memory lane of American Catholicism may well prove, if proof is required, that the history of yesterday has important things to say about our present and our future."
- Lawrence S. Cunningham, University of Notre Dame
"Amidst the cacophony of derogatory and divisive rhetoric in the Church and the wider world today, it is a delight to hear such a wide range of voices strike a chord that will resonate with pre- and post-Conciliar Catholics alike."
- Michael Downey, editor, New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality