Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Catholic Spiritual Practices

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Catholic Spiritual Practices

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CATHOLIC SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

Ed. by Colleen Griffith & Thomas Groome (Paraclete, 2012)

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At first glance, Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New seems only marginally important. Not so. Each of the book's 27 short chapters is written by a proven and trusted spiritual guide. The contributors remind us of the spiritual wealth available to us through our Catholic faith tradition and instruct us in its practical application to our lives.

They also shine light on the primary reason our worldwide community has survived two scandal-marred millennia. The lives of popes, cardinals, and Christian rulers are the usual focus of written church history. But high-profile churchmen and secular leaders, especially those of Christendom past, are not the reason we remain spiritually vital today. Credit for that major miracle belongs to lay and religious Catholics, both female and male, who developed and passed on the spirit-nourishing concepts and exercises found in this wide-ranging collection from one generation to the next. …

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