Why Stay Catholic?: Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question

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In Why Stay Catholic? Ultimately, Why Stay Catholic? That may be as much Irish pigheadedness as genuine faith. But I have lots of friends and family who already have left or who often threaten to leave the Catholic Church.

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Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question [Michael Leach] on Why Stay Catholic? and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. surprising, inspiring, and timely answers to this life-changing Catholic question. Leach joyfully offers readers plenty of reasons to celebrate being Catholic.

This breaks my heart. With some 30 million former Catholics in the United States alone, I meet lots of them along the way—on planes and trains, at family wakes and weddings. The author—publisher emeritus and editor at large of Orbis Books—divides this fun book into three sections, around ideas, people and places that epitomize Catholicism. His central Scripture text is Rom 8: Many of his heroes are mine as well: In my view, the two best reasons for staying Catholic, as the book stresses, are the twin principles of incarnation and sacramentality. Of course, Catholicism is incarnational in its focus on Jesus.

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Daily Prayer in the Early Church: A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present. The Cult of the Saints: The Birth of Purgatory. Reading the Old Testament with the Ancient Church. The Myth of Persecution: Michael Leach joyfully offers readers plenty of reasons to celebrate being Catholic, reasons to celebrate the Catholic faith today, and reasons to believe that the Catholic Church can and will change.

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Cradle Catholics, recovering Catholics, ex-Catholics, and even non-Catholics will love this healing antidote to a faltering faith and a wounded Church. Paperback Number of Pages: Loyola Press Publication Date: A Maryknoll Book of Inspiration: What's Wrong With the World G. Dec 25, Stacy Natal rated it really liked it Shelves: Our church handed this book out to all families. It came at a perfect time for me.

With the exception of our new Pope who continually impresses me, I have begun to question some of the practices of the Catholic church lack of female leadership, lack of acceptance of divorced people, gays etc, the change in all the familiar responses in mass and lots more. I would have to say that the first half of the book wrapped me up like a blanket of warm fuzzies.

The author reminded me of all that I love Our church handed this book out to all families.

Why Stay Catholic?: Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question

The author reminded me of all that I love about our church and the beliefs that Catholicism were founded on. Here are my favorite reminders: Yours are the eyes that he looks compassionately on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which he blesses the world.

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Christ has no body on earth but yours. Go, this is your mission! The second part of the book got a little long for me although I understand what the author was trying to accomplish. He gave several examples of Catholic people that have lived trying to uphold the beliefs above despite all that fell into their paths, and the last part of the book listed Catholic places and organizations that have done great things in the world. I believe he was trying to outweigh the Catholic good with all the Catholic bad that we have heard in the news.

I believe the author's final message is this, God forgives us for our sins, let's forgive the church for its sins as God would do. Stick to our core beliefs and we will do God's work. May 09, Jsmith rated it liked it.

Finally, I read the whole thing this week. I don't have a lot of patience for anecdotal studies on this kind of issue; my own struggle with this seems hard enough on a daily basis. However, Leach's work reminds me that Catholicism is not perfect.

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Like any organized institution, it is 'run' by human beings, and while some religious may have the best intentions in their management of churches and the laity, they screw up royally. The point is that one has to often be strong and look beyond the people who act as the face of Catholicism, look at their actions in faith as models for why they stay connected to the church.

Leach had only a handful of these personal models in his book; one of them I had actually met Thea Bowman. The other reminder I had while reading this book is that we often encounter God when we least expect Him. Like the folks who run the Catholic church behind the scenes, I screw things up royally all the time, so maybe I'll learn something if I just show up and listen.

Aug 26, Paula rated it it was amazing. I read this book in my Catholic Women's Group. This author must have been reading my mind. He wrote about things I have secretly thought, but never said out loud. He sampled stories about people who have lived the life, places that exemplfy the life and all the ideas that circle the Catholic faith. It was an easy read; not written at an esoteric level, but down to earth language for the everyday Catholic. Feb 19, Adam Gutschenritter rated it liked it Shelves: Still there was some heart warming accounts of people and places living what it means to be Catholic.