Monday, March 29, 2010

Called to Be Holy

Called to Be Holy by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, 160 pp. Our Sunday Visitor

How do you define success? Fame, riches, honor? Do you define yourself by what you do, instead of who you are? After all, we are supposed to saints in progress. In Called to Be Holy, Archbishop Timothy Dolan says, "My goal is to be a saint. . . and to help you be one, too."

With practical advice and interesting anecdotes, Dolan presents a plan for striving for holiness. Beginning with Jesus Christ as the reason for it all, Dolan suggests daily prayer, Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, spiritual reading, spiritual direction, penance, devotion to the Blessed Mother and the saints, and striving in the virtues. Sounds like a lot, but he offers lots of practical suggestions.

This slim volume is loaded with scriptural references and encouragement from the saints, Holy Fathers, and Popes.

Throughout it all, he shares his Irish humor. He quotes Archbishop Fulton Sheen, "'A saint is only a recovering sinner."

Not just lofty preaching, he includes stories to make the faith alive and real.

If you were wondering where to begin your spiritual journey, Called to Be Holy gives you a head start.

Called to Be Holy

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