Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Kind of Brave You Wanted to Be

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Kind of Brave You Wanted to Be

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THE KIND OF BRAVE YOU WANTED TO BE

By Brian Doyle (Liturgical Press, 2016)

I recently registered my only son for preschool. He'll start this fall, just two blocks from our house at our neighborhood parish school. Millions of American parents send their children off to school for the first time every year. And yet when we encounter such moments, we ache with the joy and sorrow of life. Such moments are the sort of fodder for The Kind of Brave You Wanted to Be by Brian Doyle. They are at once mundane and significant.

Subtitled Prose Prayers and Cheerful Chants against the Dark, this collection is more of the same from Doyle. And that's not a criticism. Not in the least. The world could use a lot more words--whether in prayers, chants, poems, or prose--from Doyle. He tenderly dissects the details of the most profane of moments--scraping ice from the windshield of your car with a debit card--and in turn gestures (sometimes wild, sometimes gentle) to the sacred that infuses even those moments. …

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