Book Review- May 2021

Written on: May 27, 2021

Submitted by Sister Barbara Harrington, GNSH

I’ve just spent a delightful year with Macrina Wiederkehr’s book, The Flowing Grace of Now. It offers 52 meditations, one for each week. Every meditation contains a ‘teacher’, a creative mentor derived from a scripture passage, and is rich enough for one to stay, seeking its wisdom each day of the week. Unfortunately, this book is Macrina’s ‘swan song’, since she died in April of 2020 soon after the book’s publication. Many of us may recall her other works and her friendship with Joyce Rupp.

As a Catholic, the call to “Evangelization” always left me with the question, “To what would I invite someone?”

Not Anymore!

I have read a book that answered my question and convinced me that evangelization is truly essential and possible for the Catholic Church. The book is Divine Renovation, by James Mallon, a diocesan priest in Nova Scotia, Canada. The by-line of Mallon’s book says a lot: “From Maintenance to Mission”. Mallon’s experienced message is aimed at pastors and other leaders in the Church, but his many ‘maintenance to mission’ thoughts are applicable to all of us. It made me think of the difference between descriptions like ‘aging in place’ and ‘flaming out’.

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