Recommended Reading

Maria Hayes Features

As part of an occasional series, HNP Today suggests publications that are relevant to friars and their partners-in-ministry. The following books offer insights into spiritual and social justice issues.

Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist by Ronald Rolheiser (Image, 2011) is recommended by Andrew Reitz, OFM, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City. The book focuses on how the Eucharist is the anchor for our lives, according to Andrew. “Rolheiser spends time on the many dimensions of the Eucharist: our daily bread, a meal, a sacrifice, a memorial, reconciliation and an invitation. All of these dimensions are enhanced by thoughts from various writers and his own personal experience. This is a very inspiring book.”

Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible Through Palestinian Eyes by Mitri Raheb (Orbis Books, 2014) is recommended by Jackie Stewart, staff member at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. Raheb, a Palestinian Christian theologian, shows how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story, and the ongoing experience of Middle East conflict, according to the book’s description.

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 related to the Province’s committees and directorates: vocations, justice and peace, wellness, African-American and Hispanic ministries, and young adults. The previous “Recommended Reading” was published on April 14.

Compiled by Maria Hayes