Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Not Less Than Everything

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Not Less Than Everything

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NOT LESS THAN EVERYTHING

Edited by Catherine Wolff (HarperOne, 2013)

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Before passing by yet another collection of "Catholic writers on X" in your real or virtual book browsing, take the time to scan the "heroes of conscience" variously profiled in Catherine Wolff's collection, intended as a tonic for Catholics who feel discouraged about the state of their church. Some--such as Dorothy Day and Ignatius of Loyola--are familiar to most literate American Catholics, but few would expect to find someone named Charles Strobel, a Nashville priest of writer Ann Patchett's acquaintance, in the heroic pantheon.

This combination of known and unknown make Not Less Than Everything worthy of attention. To the list of illustrious heroes we must add equally accomplished theologians and writers: Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister (on Hildegard of Bingen), scholar Kathleen Caveny (Mother Mary MacKillop), and writer Mary Gordon (Simone Weil). Each of these writers paints a moving picture of her subject, inviting the reader to a personal encounter with the story of a fellow traveler. …

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