Becoming Catholic, Again: Connecting the Faith We Were Taught with the Faith We Live
Publish Date: 2012-10-01
Author: Catherine Wiecher Brunell
Everywhere I go, I find Catholics moving into adult faith and also longingfor adult faith--usuallywithout even knowing it. Here is an excellentbook that can partnerboth groups on their journeys.Becoming Catholic,Againis deeply personal, very readable, and quite solid theology too. You don'toften get all three!
-- Fr.Richard Rohr,O.F.M.
For many Catholics, practicing one's faith may have felt much simpler as a child. This was true for Catherine Wiecher Brunell; but as she matured, she encountered a tension in her faith--a disconnect between the faith she learned as a child and the faith she lived as an adult. In Becoming Catholic, Again, Brunell shares her realization of a spiritual identity that is congruent with both her lived experience and ChurchTradition.
Becoming Catholic,Again examines how to maintain an authentic spiritual life and a connection to the Church in a postmodern world. For example, Brunell describes her experience with theology of inadequacy : if we only prayed more and did more, then blessings and grace would flow. But that attitude might actually box God out of our lives--to find grace, we should focus on the lives we lead and meet the needs we see in the world from where we stand.
Brunell invites us to experience a faith that grows through personal discovery. Like Brunell, we may no longer have the absolute faith of a child, but we can nurture an adult faith that reconciles any differences.