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Publication Date: 2012
"A genuinely Catholic life should feed the soul as well as the mind; should offer a vision of men and women made whole by the love of God, the knowledge of creation, and the reality of things unseen; should enable us to see the beauty of the world in the light of eternity; and should help us recapture the nobility of the human story and the dignity of the human person. This is the kind of witness that sets fire to the human heart."
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
In this eBook original, Charles J. Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, offers a powerful manifesto on the need for Americans to protect religious freedom.
As he notes, principles that Americans find self-evidentthe dignity of the human person, the sanctity of conscience, the separation of political and sacred authority, the distinction between secular and religious law, the idea of a civil society pre-existing and distinct from the stateare not widely shared elsewhere in the world, and in recent years seem to be in jeopardy on our own shores.
Archbishop Chaput offers a call to action for leadership both here and abroad to challenge this damaging trend. By thoughtfully interpreting and applying Catholic values to this confusing moment in history, he provides hope for an American audience hungry for courage and counsel.
CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. Cap., the nation's first Native American archbishop, was raised in a small town in Kansas and served previously as bishop of Rapid City, SD, and archbishop of Denver. He has become one of the Catholic Church's most visible and articulate leaders in the United States, consistently engaging the great moral debates of the nation. He is the author of the Catholic bestseller Render Unto Caesar.
-Mary Ann Glendon, Author of The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World
Archbishop Charles Chaput is the American episcopate's most acute analyst of the Catholic situation in America, and the American situation in Catholicism, today.
-George Weigel, author of The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul IIThe Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy
In A Heart on Fire, Archbishop Chaput speaks with clarity and force about a central predicament facing America today: the diminution of a Christian voice in the public life of our nation. Chaput rightly insists that Americans must recognize the vital contribution religion has made historically to a vibrant public discourse. The true fate of a public Christian voice, however, lies in the hearts of Christian believers and their eagerness to transmit the faith to which they are heirs. Archbishop Chaputs essay marks an important contribution to an urgent discussion that American Christians cannot afford to forego.
-John Garvey, President, The Catholic University of America
Archbishop Charles Chaput is one of the clearest, most courageous voices in American Catholicism, and this sharp, witty, well-reasoned reflection reminds us why. In tracing both the historical roots of Americas unique religious situation and the daunting challenges that confront us today, he makes a compelling case for the central role that Catholics must play in shaping the future of our republic. And he reminds us that when it comes to defending our God-given freedoms, there is no substitute for holy boldness.
-Colleen Carroll Campbell, host of EWTNs Faith & Culture, author of The New Faithful, and former presidential speechwriter
Archbishop Chaput has written in clear and moving style an essay that situates the Catholic Church in a society ever more culturally secularized. Examining the reasons for the present societal impasse, he also uncovers anew our reason for hope.
-Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heart on Fire looks @ what's wrong w/todays ChurchAugust 19, 2012Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Heart on Fire
by Charles J Chaput
In the modern world freedom of press and of speech demands immunity from censorship and control. But in the last 60 years freedom of thought and expression has slowly been eroding in the world of journalism. Opposing thoughts are silenced so that the accepted truth is never challenged.
Journalism is a profession of knowledge, but today many in the profession have a disdain and lack of understanding about religion and the core values of life. When we openly accept whatever journalism states without skepticism we risk undermining our public lives and our nation's political landscape.
Everyone should read Pilgrim's Progress and "The Celestial Railroad" to get a look at the divide that now separates the American nation.
The guiding principles on which America was founded are not readily found throughout the world and could at any time be taken away. Unless we live out our principles our rights are in danger of dying away. Religious freedom is our foremost right as it provides a grounding element in all our other rights. Culture is spiritual because culture is an outpouring of the soul.
Modern American society has lost its soul in the pursuit of materialism and pleasure according to Father John Courtney Murray in 1940. But the American nation was never a Christian nation, but the people had beliefs and values that were based on Christianity. But when a people lose their foundational beliefs "they are unable to make tough moral decisions." America has become a nation of "galley slaves to pleasure". America of today has been there since the founding, but these tendencies were tempered by Christians who lived their faith and were changed by it. Today the Church has become lukewarm in its faith in an effort to fit into the world.
Though politics is important the Christian must realize that the main focus and purpose of their life is to love Jesus and to act on our belief so that it is evident in our lives. Ask yourself what do you believe? Remember that this world is not your goal but rather our goal is our final home and our celestial citizenship. When this is your focus your life will be a living testimony of faith.
A Heart on Fire is a thought provoking look at America.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.