George Bernanos’ Diary of a Country Priest has become a Catholic classic, and rightfully so, for its moving account a young French priest who experiences deep struggle, joy, and wonder through his service of a country people.
Thanks to Monsignor Richard Soseman, we now have a similar glimpse at the life of different sort of priest. His new memoir, Reflections from Rome: Practical Thoughts on Faith and Family, takes us from the fields of Princeville, Illinois to the majestic splendor of Rome, revealing the comings and goings of life as a priest in the Eternal City.
Msgr. Soseman currently serves as an Official for the Congregation for the Clergy and is also Judge for the Cause of Venerable Fulton Sheen. He recently chatted with me about his upbringing, his life in Rome, and his prolific blogging.
Friar Gabriel skated for seven years as a teenager in Australia, but when he began sensing a call to the religious life, he prepared to abandon his skateboarding to live a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
He joined the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Toodyay, Western Australia, and for six years he never touched a skateboard.
But then one day his superior gave a surprising assignment. He ordered Friar Gabriel to obtain a skateboard and go to the skatepark once a week, where he would evangelize and witness to the religious life.
“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine
Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached. Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out my past giveaways here.
Thanks to Image Books, today I’m giving away TEN copies of the new The American Catholic Almanac.
(If you missed it, read my interview with Emily about the book.)
Few writers know the American Catholic Church scene better than Emily Stimpson. As a longtime journalist for the Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly and several other Catholic publications, she’s written hundreds of articles on American parishes, religious trends, and on-the-ground Catholic life.
That made her the perfect writer to pair with Catholic Vote’s Brian Burch to produce The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States (Image Books, 2014).
I recently sat down with Emily to discuss the new book, the legacy of American Catholics, and which Catholics will be remembered by future historians.