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This book  –   God’s Other Children, Personal Encounters with Faith, Love, and Holiness in Sacred India  –   by Bradley Malkovsky is worth reading.   The author spent a great deal of time in India personally involved with people of Hindu, Buddhist and Islam faiths.   As he stated in the epilogue:

I had expected  to  find  goodness among the followers of other religions . . . , but I was surprised to find just how much more was already there waiting to be discovered. … All this has become for me a sign that God is very much at work in those religions, using them as vehicles of his power and grace.   … had also raised many questions about the relation of those religions to Christ and Christianity.

… religion is often enough associated with  what is worst in humanity. …

All of my experiences in India would be for naught if I hadn’t come away with a great appreciation for the value  of other religions.  … Above all I have learned to appreciate  so much more in my own religion, Catholicism…

It is an enjoyable read although the chapter on yoga was more than I wanted to know even  though I do yoga regularly. The second part is about his family – he married a Muslim girl who converted to Catholicism.

He is the winner of the Huston Smith prize.  If you haven’t read the Huston Smith book  The World’s Religions, I strongly recommend that bock as well.

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I strongly recommend this book.  I read it for a book study group at All Saints in Lakeville.

Fr. Martin talks about his trip to the Holy Land and in the process discusses the Gospel stories that take place at the locations that he visits.  He discusses them from various perspectives, quoting many learned sources.

As the flyleaf says:

Martin provides personal stories from his own life, the most up-to-date biblical scholarship, as well as powerful anecdotes from beloved spiritual teachers, and brings the reader along on his own real-life travels through the Holy Land.

What have you been reading? What do you recommend?

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day9Appendix D: Lukefahr on Additional Ways to Pray

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Appendix A: Prayer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

I strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and read the section on prayer.
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Introduction to the 33 Doctors of the Church*

I have to admit that before I came across the book

The 33 Doctors of the Church by Fr. Christopher Rengers, O.F.M. Capuchin, TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., Rockford, Illinois  61105, Copyright 2000

at the Holy Cross bookstore I was not aware that there were official “doctors of the church.”

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References:   * These three were my main sources for the centuries of our faith.  The rest were used also – some a little, some a lot – with the exception of number 11.

1.     * The Collegeville Church History Time-Line With Fold-out Time-LIne by Joseph F. Kelly, Liturgical Press, 2005, 24 pages

2.     * The Christian Theological Tradition with general editors Catherine A. Cory & David T. Landry, Simon & Schuster Custom Publishing, 1996, 435 pages

3.     * Readings in Church History, Volume I, II and III.  Edited by Coleman J. Barry, O.S.B. Newman Press, 1960, 1965, and 1965;  633, 393, and 375 pages respectively

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By the end of the second century … the main standards of … Christianity became recognized:

  1. the agreement on the core books of the New Testament and on the necessity of retaining the Jewish scriptures (the canon)
  2. the development of short summaries of belief called creeds, which were used to instruct candidates for baptism (creed)
  3. the universal acceptance of the office of the bishop as the leader of the local Christian community (episcopacy)

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