Book Review “Revolutionary Saint – The Theological Legacy of Oscar Romero” (Orbis Press)

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A window into the soul of an ordinary man who was an extraordinary witness to the mercy of God in a merciless world.”—Daniel G. Groody, University of Notre Dame

Many years after his death in 1980, the world is still absorbing the witness of Óscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, martyred for his commitment to the poor and social justice. In this work, Michael E. Lee offers a profound reflection on the theological implications of Romero’s life and ministry.

Drawing on Romero’s biography as well as his homilies and other writings, Lee considers specifically how Romero’s witness challenges Christians in the U.S. to reimagine a robust Christian spirituality that is at once a mystical encounter with God and a prophetic engagement in the struggle for justice. In light of Romero’s beatification and pending canonization, Lee reflects on the implications of the archbishop’s recognition as a martyr and on the model of holiness he offers for the wider church today.

Michael E. Lee is associate professor of theology at Fordham University. He is the editor of Ignacio Ellacuría: Essays on History, Liberation, and Salvation (Orbis 2013), and author of Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuría (Crossroad).

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Review – “On Hope” by Pope Francis (Loyola Press)

“On Hope” by Pope Francis, published by Loyola Press (Photo: Loyola Press)

On Hope
by Pope Francis (Loyola Press, 2018)

As we begin another new year, words of hope could be used by all of us to enliven our spirits and rejoice in good news. Enter On Hope, the sixth book by Pope Francis published by Loyola Press. In their words, “in On Hope [the pope] shares with readers the hope-filled faith in God and humanity that can inspire them in their daily lives.”

This short book (112 pages) includes 14 edited essays. The content is adapted from a series of general audiences held by the pontiff in Rome from December 2016 to March 2017. However, the book’s short size does not hinder its power, and in many ways the brief essays help make Pope Francis’s words accessible to even those chronically short for time.

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Jesus and His Enemies: Narrative Conflict in the Four Gospels

In Jesus and His Enemies: Narrative Conflict in the Four Gospels, Robert R. Beck shows readers the common features in the four Gospel narratives about conflict and how possibly we can take those lessons to apply them to resolve today’s real-life conflicts in our cities and nation.  This volume offers a fresh contribution to biblical teaching on violence, ethics, and the Christian pursuit of peace. Available for $35.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site:

At Play in the Lions’ Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan

At Play in the Lions’ Den: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan, by Jim Forest is likely one of the best chronicles of the Jesuit priest and peacemaker’s life around. On nearly every other page the 336-page paperback contains photos from the various phases of Berrigan’s life.  The personal relationship between the biographer, Jim Forest, and Dan Berrigan is evident in every chapter. The volume has many features including a Compact Chronology of Berrigan’s Life and Work, Bookshelf and Abbreviations, An extensive Notes section, and Index. Available for $28.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site:

Not by Bread Alone – 2018: Daily Reflections for Lent

Advent has just begun, but we are already receiving review copies of publications for Lent, which begins ironically on Valentine’s Day in 2018.  The yearly edition of the pamphlet-size series Not by Bread Alone – 2018: Daily Reflections for Lent, by Michelle Francl-Donnay is released. Each Reflection is two pages and includes a title, several Biblical citings, a Scripture reading from one of the citings, a Reflection, Meditation, and Prayer. Available for $2.00 (Quantity pricing available for 50+ copies. Also available in e-book edition) from Liturgical Press, 2950 St. John’s Rd., P.O. Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321. Tel: (800) 858-5450. Fax: (800) 445-5899. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site:

The Horizon of Possibilities: The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States – Old Wounds Reopened

NFPC received a complimentary copy of “The Horizon of Possibilities: The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States – Old Wounds Reopened,” by Most Rev. Edward Braxton, Bishop of Belleville, IL.

The document is from a presentation that Bishop Braxton gave on Sept. 21 at a teach-in on fighting racism sponsored by The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service.

The bishop offered the audience a brief review of Church history regarding racism, saying Catholics and the Catholic Church are not above reproach. He noted that the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the 1857 Dred Scott case affirming the right of slave owners to take enslaved people into the Western territories of the then burgeoning United States was authored by Chief Justice Robert Taney, a Catholic.

He also quoted writings from Pope Paul III (1534-1546) and Pope Pius IX (1846-1878), both of whom maintained that slave trading and ownership were not contrary to divine law. He said countries influenced by Catholicism such as Spain, Portugal, France and England were leading agents of the slave trade.

The document can be accessed at:

For a summary of summary of Bishop Braxton’s presentation from the St. Louis Review (Sept. 29, 2017), go to:

C21 Resources (Fall 2017)

The theme for the Fall 2017 edition of C21 Resources, a publication of The Church in the 21st Century at Boston College, is Living Faith for the Journey. Topics include:

– Education for Living Faith, by Joy Haywood Moore and Jack Dunn

– So What Do We Mean by Faith? by Thomas Groome

– To Work Is to Pray, by Grace Simmons Zuncic

– The Antidote Is Love, by Patrick Downes

– Thinking Critically, Acting Lovingly, by Jeremy Zipple, SJ

– On the Border, by Michael Motyl

– Living Faith through Service, by Luly Castellanos de Samper

– The Jesuit Way Along My Way, by Rev. James M. Hairston

– Living the Call, by Miriam Hidalgo

And more.

C21 is available online at –  in ISSUU, a digital publishing platform

For more information on The Church in the 21st Century, contact: [email protected], or call (617) 552-0470

The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments: A Catholic Journey through Recovery

What makes The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments: A Catholic Journey through Recovery by Scott Weeman compelling inthat it is his personal story of his descent into hopelessness and “incomprehensible demoralization.” Then through the grace and mercy of God and significant individuals, Weeman comes to a spiritual awakening. As he points out in the Introduction, “This shift did not happen overnight. Its foundation was laid in working the Twelve Steps and immersing myself in the sacramental life of the Church.” There are four Chapters:

  • Baptism
  • Reconciliation
  • Eucharist
  • Confirmation

This is the first book to directly integrate the Twelve Steps with the practice of Catholicism. The Foreword is written by Most Rev. Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego. Available for $15.95 from Ave Maria Press, P.O. Box 428,  Notre Dame, IN 46556. Tel: (800) 282-1865, ext. 1. Fax: (800) 282-5681. E-mail: [email protected] Website:

Essential Catholic Social Thought [2nd Edition]

Essential Catholic Social Thought [2nd Edition], by Bernard V. Brady could be considered a very fine text for delving into Catholic social teaching. In the Introduction, the author writes, “[t]his book is a study of official Catholic social teaching as well as the broader Catholic social tradition. It presents the teaching of the church in relation to other sources in the Catholic tradition.” Relevant documents are presented in an abridged and clarified form. Each chapter includes study-discussion questions and reflections, plus materials from the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI and Pole Francis. The 378-page volume is ideal for a one-semester textbook or for use in a survey course. Available for $44.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site:

Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin

Manual for Conquering Deadly Sin, by Father Dennis Kolinski, SJC looks like a small breviary. In the opening, How to Use this Manual, it simply states, “The purpose of this manual is to help the reader learn more about the famous ‘seven deadly sins’ and how to conquer them.” Part One lists and defines the seven deadly sins and their opposing virtues with commentaries and remedies. Part Two features a compilation of passages from Church teaching and Scripture, along with quotes from the saints that complement and give life to the reflections in Part I. The volume has a ribbon marker. There are eleven lined empty pages at the back of the book for taking notes. Available in an Ultrasoft Burnished Cover with Silver Edges for $29.95 from St. Benedict Press/Tan Books, P.O. Box 410487. Charlotte, NC 28241. Tel: (800) 437-5876. Fax: (815) 226-7770. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: