Want some evidence? Just consider the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Millions of folks have made up their mind...without even looking at the cover!
The son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Reverend Paul D. Scalia of the Diocese of Arlington (VA), has written a book that may--just may--not fall prey to that fate.
- deepening one’s knowledge of Jesus,
- partaking of the life of grace through the sacraments; and,
- cultivating the art of prayer as a continuous conversation with God, among other topics.
Fr. Scalia begins each section of "That Nothing May Be Lost" with an essay written a highly regarded U.S. Catholic (including Scott Hahn, Mary Ellen Bork, Raymond Arroyo, and Helen M. Alvaré, among others) who offer personal accounts of being Catholic. (Trivia quiz: What's the Bork-Scalia connection?) Fr. Scalia’s discussions expand upon each essay, his goal being to place the reader--perhaps having experienced what each essayist describes--on the path to a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.
In The Motley Monk's opinion, Fr. Scalia's objective appears to be to discuss the Catholic faith and its practice in an approachable way that's very practical. Not only that, his discussion is sometimes surprising but always challenging his readers to think a little more deeply.
Why? Fr. Scalia's discussions are rooted in years of experience as a parish priest. Thus experience has informed Fr. Scalia that these are practical matters of concern to many Catholics. They yearn for answers to these questions but oftentimes don't know where to find them but have prejudged the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
In the book's foreword, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFMCap., writes:
Father Scalia has written a book that deepens our faith and leads us closer to God in a hundred different ways. His good work and the powerful witness in his words remind us that we need each other’s love and support as brothers and sisters in the Lord’s work. Above all, it’s proof that the bond of Christian people and their priests is the strength of the Church in a skeptical world that has never needed the Word of God more urgently.
Let the discussion begin...
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