Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Heart on Fire

A Heart on Fire is a booklet as it's less than 30 pages in length thereby making it difficult for me to write a long review. I jumped at the chance to read and review this title because it's written by Catholic Bishop Charles Chaput.
Chaput starts off by reminding readers that the key pillars of our society are freedom of religion and freedom of the press - the former which is threatened throughout the world including the United States. He points out that according to the Founding Fathers our rights come from God and not from the state and this is why freedom of religion is of utmost importance and especially important for us to keep in mind as we approach the November elections. Chaput challenges us all to be a Catholic witness; to live our faith in all that we do so that we can be a light to the nations.
I had a difficult time reading this work as it's not exactly light summer reading but I do think it's important for Catholics to read as our religious freedom is being trampled on more and more by our government. We need to learn to stand together to fight for our rights and Chaput encourages us in that endeavor.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

1 comment:

Joann / Into Stillness said...

Archbishop Chaput is a true propher speaking to our times, especially in America:
"We also need to change the way we act. We need to understand that we can’t “quick fix” our way out of problems we behaved ourselves into. Catholics have done very well in the United States. As I said earlier, most of us have a deep love for our country, its freedoms and its best ideals. But this is not our final home. There is no automatic harmony between Christian faith and American democracy. The eagerness of Catholics to push their way into our country’s mainstream over the past half century, to climb the ladder of social and economic success, has done very little to Christianize American culture. But it’s done a great deal to weaken the power of our Catholic witness. [Because in the process we have sold out to earthly concerns, having taken our eye off accomplishing God's will for us and looking away from Christ crucified.]"