Recommended Reading

Maria Hayes Friar News

HNP Today occasionally provides suggestions of publications that may be of interest to readers of this newsletter and their friends and colleagues.

Below are brief descriptions of three books, provided by various sources.

 Prayer: Our Deepest Longing by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI (Franciscan Media, 2013) is recommended by Andrew Reitz, OFM, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City. The book explores the issues facing people of faith in today’s culture and offers a way of more effectively dealing with them by seeking opportunities for prayer. Prayer is “a short but thought-filled volume on a topic that most struggle with,” according to Andrew.

 Praying in Rome by Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Image, 2013) is recommended by the Diocese of Buffalo. Many have asked Cardinal Dolan to comment about Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, his final days in the Vatican, the conclave, and the excitement surrounding the election of Pope Francis. The two months between the time Pope Benedict announced his retirement and the election of Pope Francis were a deeply spiritual and important period for the Cardinal. According to the book’s description: “By turns, witty, provocative and inspiring, Cardinal Dolan gives a first-hand account of what happened during those days and what it means for the future of the Church.”

 St. Francis: A Short Biography by Kathleen Carroll (Franciscan Media, 2013) is recommended by St. Anthony’s Messenger. According to the book’s description, Francis “is the little poor man whose influence spans 800 years; a ‘ling of revels’ who became servant of all; a man of war who became a man of God. Though he lived and worked in the Catholic tradition, his fame has spread to all Christians and beyond. His name is synonymous everywhere with joy, with simplicity, with peace. He is Francis of Assisi, and this is his story.”

The HNP Communications Office welcomes emails from readers who would like to suggest a book or periodical. Themes that are relevant to friars and partners-in-ministry — in addition to spirituality and news of the Catholic Church — include topics affiliated with Holy Name Province committees and directorates: evangelization, vocations, justice and peace, wellness, African-American and Hispanic ministries, and young adults.

 Compiled by Maria Hayes