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Knowing and spreading your faith

As I have shared in past columns, I enjoy reading books. Every now and then, I come across a special one. Recently, I came across such a book. I was getting ready to go on vacation, so I stopped by the Catholic bookstore next to our chapel to find something for the trip. The title of a book on display caught my Attention: Forty Anti-Catholic Lies, A Myth-busting Apologist Sets the Record Straight, by Gerard Verschuuren, Ph.D.

Tom Monaghan

After a couple of chapters, I knew it was going to be a great book, and on finishing it I think it is a book every Catholic should read. It is very clear and well written, packed full of useful and interesting information, and it is understandable for a layman like myself.

As I read each chapter, I was impressed by the author’s knack for taking complex topics and explaining them in a clear and non-threatening fashion. When I travel, I try and strike up conversations with those I sit next to and after listening to how they are doing or letting them talk about their interests, I try and bring up something about faith. If they seem open, I will sometimes ask if I can mail them a book. Most of the time, they are open to the gesture. I think this book will work well for this type of evangelization, which I believe comes across as non-threatening because they get to read the book in the privacy of their own home. There are many former Catholics who have stopped practicing their faith and just need a little nudge to come back to the Church.

I am excited because I also believe this book will help Catholics who want to better understand their faith or to assist those who regularly experience anti-Catholic rhetoric being thrown their way. Another reason I think this book is well suited for ministry in the skies (the abovementioned practice of sharing one’s faith while flying) is because while Verschuuren presents the uncompromising truth about what the Church teaches, he does so in charity. I believe this will go a long way in not alienating non-Catholic readers because I do not think they will feel attacked.

To give you a flavor of some of the topics addressed, this book set the record straight regarding accusations about the Catholic Church ranging from the Church being oppressive to women to rejecting science… And accusations that Catholics worship statues and Mary to the Church inventing purgatory and many other commonly misunderstood subjects.

I will be giving copies to all the members of the board of governors at our meeting later this month, and I have already ordered plenty of copies to have on hand in my office to give away… all a part of studying, living, and spreading the Faith!

TOM MONAGHAN is Legatus’ founder, chairman, and CE

The Ultimate Catholic Quiz

Karl Keating
Ignatius, 2016
210 pages, paperback $14.95

One of the pillars of the Legatus mission statement is to “learn the Catholic Faith.” Keating’s new book, subtitled 100 Questions Most Catholics Can’t Answer, is almost tailor-made for Legates. He offers a fun and challenging way to see how well readers know Catholic teachings, practices and history.

The book is laid out in an easy-to-read format with the question and five possible answers on one page, and the analysis of each of the five answers (noting the correct one) on the next page. The questions and the possible answers are written with thought, precision and sometimes a little humor to make for engaging reading

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The Vatican Cookbook

Pontifical Swiss Guard 
Sophia Institute Press, 2016
204 pages, hardcover $34.99

This is a real treat! Presented by the Swiss Guard — the elite protectors of the popes for more than 500 years — this book is a unique collection of exceptional recipes from simple to sublime, everyday staples to holiday feasts. Here are the classics served at Vatican tables for centuries and the finest of modern cuisine.

Authors pay tribute to Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope St. John Paul II with the personal favorite dishes from their homelands of Argentina, Bavaria and Poland. It also features superb photographs that take readers behind the scenes to secret and special places inside Vatican City

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Life Lessons

Patrick Madrid
Ignatius, 2016
170 pages, paperback $16.95

Madrid’s latest — subtitled Fifty Things I Learned in My First Fifty Years — draws from his life’s many interesting, funny, instructive, and poignant experiences. With wisdom and humor, he reflects upon the treasure-trove of riches we can all take from our own lives.

Grounded in scripture and a firm moral foundation, the book shows how the smallest stories are clear pointers to the greater story of God’s work in readers’ lives. The laughter, the tears, and the beauty of life come alive through Madrid’s insightful and clear style. He’ll inspire you to see the wonder of God in your own life’s journey.

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Kicking and Screaming

Kevin Lowry
Our Sunday Visitor, 2016
160 pages, paperback $15.95

This book’s full title is a mouthful: How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church. However, you’d expect nothing less from Lowry, a member of Legatus’ Columbus Chapter.

The former preacher’s kid at a Catholic university recalls settling into a double major in beer and billiards, followed by uncomfortable run-ins with pious students and failing grades. After getting his act together, he got the MBA, and also got the girl. Meanwhile, God was drawing him to the inevitable conclusion that Catholicism was true despite his objections. Lowry’s journey to Catholicism is fascinating, often funny, and demonstrates God’s unfailing love for us all.

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Culture of Death

Wesley J. Smith
Encounter Books, 2016
360 pages, paperback $16.95

Smith has updated his award-winning book critiquing the modern bioethics movement. He chronicles how the threats to human life have accelerated in recent years, from the proliferation of euthanasia to the potential for “death panels” posed by Obamacare.

Subtitled The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, the book reveals how more doctors have withdrawn from the Hippocratic Oath and how “bioethicists” influence policy by posing questions such as whether organs may be harvested from the terminally ill and disabled. This is a passionate yet coolly reasoned book about the current crisis in medical ethics by a recent winner of Legatus’ Cardinal O’Connor Pro-Life Award.

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Mother Angelica Her Grand Silence

Raymond Arroyo
Image Books, 2016
240 pages, hardcover $23.00

In a moving, dramatic conclusion to his four bestselling Mother Angelica books, Arroyo completes the saga of this singular nun with his most intimate book yet. Here are Mother Angelica’s spiritual battles in her cell. Revealed for the first time is the personal request she made of God, which sheds light on her long silence.

Subtitled The Last Years and Living Legacy, this is a touching conclusion to the Mother Angelica canon. Arroyo offers readers the personal testimonies of people around the world who were spiritually transformed by Mother during her long public absence. He also writes movingly of his personal relationship with Mother.

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How to Be Holy

Peter Kreeft
Ignatius Press, 2016
172 pages, paperback $16.95

French writer Léon Bloy once famously quipped: “Life, in the end, has only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.” That’s Kreeft’s jumping off point for his latest — and perhaps most important — book, subtitled First Steps in Becoming a Saint.

Kreeft demonstrates that striving toward holiness is the whole purpose of life. Using insights and experiences of saints and great spiritual writers, he shows what holiness is and how it can be achieved. He especially draws upon Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ, who writes that the surest way toward spiritual growth is always to accept God’s merciful will.

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The Walls Are Talking

Abby Johnson
Ignatius Press, 2016
157 pages, hardcover $17.95

The pro-life movement is winning — in part because of technology like ultrasound machines, but more importantly because God made the human heart to respond to truth. This book narrates the life-changing experiences of former abortion clinic workers. These individuals, whose names have been changed to protect their identities, left the abortion industry after experiencing a change of heart. Subtitled Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories, the book is often difficult to read because an abortion is an act of violence. But the stories also offer hope, for they show that anyone, no matter what part they have played in an abortion, can start anew.

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Red, White, Blue, and Catholic

Stephen White
Liguori, 2016
101 pages, paperback $12.99

With the race for the White House reaching a fever pitch, there’s no better time for Catholics to reexamine what faithful citizenship means. White, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, says the Church’s work of evangelization and her contribution to the good of society are inseparable.

American Catholics are called to do more than just vote — and do more than just follow a party. White emphasizes that America needs Catholics who are dedicated to the vitality of our society, who act from the deepest convictions of their faith to make America the best version of herself she can be.

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