“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 Pope Francis’ new book, Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday.
Anyone who has read Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ new encyclical, will see that there’s something different about the way this pope teaches. He lacks the theological precision of Benedict XVI or the philosophical bend of St. John Paul II, but his homey, stark, almost brazen messages have captured the world’s attention.
I don’t mean to say his mind is deficient—it’s not—but that above all else, he’s not a theologian or philosopher—he’s a pastor. His goal is to shepherd his people into new encounters with the Lord.
You especially see this pastoral sense in his daily homilies, which he offers each morning at 7:00a.m. to a small collection of gardeners, office workers, nuns, and priests at the Vatican. He speaks to them as if preaching at a little country parish, offering practical advice and memorable aphorisms.
Image Books just published a collection of these homilies titled Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday. Along with summaries by Radio Vaticana (who recorded and transcribed the homilies) and commentary by Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, these reflections provide moments of inspiration, simplicity, and a glimpse into the papal world very few ever get to experience.
Today, Image has allowed me to share an excerpt from one of the homilies. Enjoy!
Today at noon Rome time (6:00am EDT), Pope Francis released his anticipated encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. It’s a magnificent, roving document that covers a range of topics including the environment, building an “integral ecology,” and effects of consumerism and indifference on our world.
The family has always been central for Christians. The Catechism describes it as the “the original cell of social life,” Catholics pay great homage to the Holy Family, and recent popes have taken up the topic, from Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
But among Catholic leaders, the family is receiving more attention today than perhaps at any time in the last century. The boost started during last year’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family. Discussions about marriage and the many challenges families face today pervaded the Church. The discussion continues this year as we move toward the Ordinary Synod on the Family, scheduled for October 2015.