Patrick Madrid has done it again. With his personable approach and insightful writing, Madrid thoroughly examines the Catholic church and why it is so exciting to be a Catholic now. With detailed examples, anecdotes, and a truthful examination of the good and bad of this faithful institution, Madrid celebrates the Catholic tradition. By looking at the sacraments, mass, the Eucharist, Mary, the role of the pope, and the importance of Saints, this book not only is a great spiritual affirmation for anyone who is currently Catholic, but a great book for those who are interested in the Catholic church or are taking confirmation or RCIA courses. Madrid's honesty is inspiring and his knowledge of the Catholic faith tradition is compelling. This book is quite simply a one-stop guide for anyone who has ever asked "Why Be Catholic?"
I well readily admit that I don't usually go out of my way to read apologetic type books. While it's not that they aren't interesting and worthy of being read, it's the whole feeling like the author is yelling that turns me off and looses any chance of me following what they're trying to say. So, while I was extremely excited to read Why Be Catholic? by Patrick Madrid, I had no idea what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the way he was able to convey his thoughts on the most commonly misunderstood subjects within the Catholic Church.
As many Catholics I know have mentioned, while I've never had this problem myself, there are those of other denominations that have misunderstood the teachings of the Catholic Church and been turned off by what they either don't understand or were taught falsely about our doctrines. So, with all the anti-Catholic vibes that one gets from watching the media you can understand why I wanted to delve into Patrick Madrid's latest and to...
Patrick Madrid is well known as a Catholic apologist--that is, one who presents the reasonableness of the faith, especially in response to challenges. Every adult Catholic, I am sure, has heard the usual challenges: our faith is not biblical; we worship Mary or statues; we "multiply prayers" in outright contradiction to the command of the Gospel "do not multiply your words when praying. Now, of course, we are hearing new challenges, some of them quite absurd: Catholicism is "anti-intellectual"; Catholic moral teachings do not take practical realities into account; Catholicism is incompatible with the findings of science...
Assumptions like these can be common currency in our day (especially the newer ones can be almost taken for granted, even by Catholics!). This makes a book like "Why Be Catholic?" helpful not only for the sincere seeker, but for the earnest, but uncertain Catholic who doesn't really "have an answer to those who ask the...
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