Here are beautiful, simple, profound insights that few people think about these days when they talk about the Catholic Church. Yet they are truths that make a positive difference in peoples lives. They include:
- Being Catholic means being a part of a community that remembers Jesus
- Being Catholic means drawing on rich traditions of spirituality
- Being Catholic means always having something to celebrate
- Being Catholic means being part of a family
- Being Catholic means having examples of splendid heroes and heroines
- Being Catholic means taking a stand on peace and justice
- Being Catholic means participating in a universal faith
At a time when many Catholics have grown frustrated with their church, The Best of Being Catholic reminds us of the powerful treasures and practices that we will never read about in the daily news.
Table of contents
Part I: The Beliefs We Cherish
Introduction: The Inevitable Disclaimer
Homeless at the Broadmoor - A Tale of Astonishing Abundance
The Stories We Tell
The Bold Claims
The Role of Ritual
The Words We Treasure
So Many “Bests”
The Best-Kept Secrets
Part II: The Seasons We Celebrate
Introduction: Feasts, Fasts, and Fun in the Catholic Calendar
Narrow Box or Big Window?
Dealing with the Dark - The Feast of All Souls
A Season of Surprise
Lent - Places to Pause
The Parish Nucleus
The Holy Grounds of the Retreat House
Part III: The Company We Keep
Introduction: The Breadth of the Umbrella
The Communion of Saints
A People Ahead of Their Time
Why I Study Spanish
My Favorite Sister Stories
Catholics in Collaboration
The Gospel according to Luke
A Smorgasbord of Spirituality Styles
About the Author
Kathy Coffey is an accomplished, award-winning author and former editor for Living the Good News. She is the winner of thirteen awards from the Catholic Press Association and a recipient of the Foley Poetry Award. Her many popular books include Hidden Women of the Gospels, God in the Moment, and Women of Mercy. The mother of four children and greatly appreciated by her many readers for bringing spirituality down to earth, Kathy lives in Denver.
I found it irresistibly appealing to consider `the best for me among the treasures in Coffeys brilliant Catholic mosaic. I look forward to the many encouraging conversations that will come from sharing this book with others.
-Patricia Livingston, Catholic retreat giver and author, Let in the Light
Kathy Coffey brings us a book full of light and hope in a time when many feel the church is hopelessly in the dark about the needs of modern men and women. Like a litany of the saints, this book leaves the reader enthralled with the goodness and strong beliefs that we cherish together as Catholics. Id like to put this book into the hands of everyone seeking reasons either to join us or to stay put.
-Bill Huebsch, Director, Vatican II Center for Parish Renewal
What a refreshing invitation this book presents! We are encouraged to become grounded in the goodness of our faith and, from this location, to embrace the reality of the problems and difficulties in the church and in the world. What a gracious ground and what a splendid book.
-Mary Jo Leddy, adjunct professor at Regis College, University of Toronto, and author, The Other Face of God