For the faithful, the doubtful, and the searchers of every age, these letters convey the power of the Catholic faith that is at once personal and universal, timely and eternal.
In this remarkable exploration of the Catholic world, prominent Catholic author and papal biographer George Weigel offers a luminous collection of letters to young Catholics, not-so-young Catholics, and curious souls who wonder what it means to be Catholic today.
Weigel takes readers on an epistolary tour of Catholic landmarks from Chartres Cathedral to St. Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina; from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem to G.K. Chesterton's favorite pub in Oxford; and from the grave of a modern martyr in Warsaw to the Sistine Chapel.
Weaving together insights from history, literature, theology, and music, Weigel illuminates the beliefs that give Catholicism its distinctive texture and explores the theological importance of grace, prayer, vocation, sin and forgiveness, suffering, and most importantly love. To a world that sometimes seems closed and claustrophobic, he suggests, Christian humanism offers a world with windows and doors and a skylight.
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About the Author
George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center and one of America's leading public intellectuals. The first volume of his biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, was a New York Times bestseller, and his writing appears regularly in a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal. He lives in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Table of Contents
A Preliminary Postcard ix
Letter 1 Baltimore and Milledgeville: Acquiring the "Habit of Being" 1
Letter 2 The Papal Basilica of St. Peter's, Rome: The Scavi and the Grittiness of Catholicism 19
Letter 3 St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai / The Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem: The Face of Christ 35
Letter 4 The Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem: Mary and Discipleship 55
Letter 5 The Oratory, Birmingham, England: Newman and "Liberal" Religion 69
Letter 6 The Olde Cheshire Cheese, London: Chesterton's Pub and a Sacramental World 89
Letter 7 Castle Howard, Yorkshire, England: Brideshead Revisited and the Ladder of Love 107
Letter 8 The Sistine Chapel, Rome: Body Language, God-Talk, and the Visible Invisible 127
Letter 9 St. Mary's Church, Greenville, South Carolina: Why and How We Pray 147
Letter 10 St. Stanislaw Kostka Churchyard, Warsaw / The Metropolitan Curia, Krakow: How Vocations Change History 165
Letter 11 The North American College Mausoleum, Campo Verano, Rome: The Hardest Questions 183
Letter 12 The Hill of Crosses, Siauliai, Lithuania / The Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island, Rome: The New Martyrs and Us 197
Letter 13 Cell 18, Block 11, KL-Auschwitz: The Mystery of Evil 219
Letter 14 Chartres Cathedral, France: What Beauty Teaches Us 237
Letter 15 King's College Chapel, Cambridge / Ely Cathedral: The Secularization Puzzle 253
Letter 16 The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City: Incultaration and the New Evangelization 275
Letter 17 The Old Cathedral, Baltimore: Freedom for Excellence 293
Letter 18 St. Patrick's Church, Soho, London: Why Orthodoxy, Liturgy, Service, and Work for Justice Go Together 311
Letter 19 The Basilica of the Holy Trinity, Krakow: On Not Being Alone 327
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