Quotes to help you "study and live more fully the Truths of the Catholic Faith" make up the new book "Forgotten Truths To Set Faith Afire! Words to Challenge, Inspire and Instruct."
Lay Dominican Michael Seagriff, a retired attorney from Canastota, compiled this book for Catholics and non-Catholics who want to know more about the Catholic Faith but didn’t think they had the time. He has compiled more than 1,200 quotations from scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Popes, bishops, priests and "regular folk." He organized this material into 17 chapters and 115 topics.
"It is my hope that something you read in this book will awaken a hunger in you to know, study and live more fully the Truths of the Catholic Faith. If that becomes reality for at least one person, then this labor of love has been more than worth the effort," he said.
The power of these words changed his life and he feels these words could do the same for all who read and reflected upon them.
The author offered a sample of some of the quotations in the book by asking four questions.
Have we become too complacent about the need for confession? St. Gregory might think so: "God promises to receive the repentant sinner when he returns to Him, but nowhere does He promise to give him tomorrow."
Do we parents really think that modesty is an outdated virtue? Pope Pius XII did not mince his words: "O Christian mothers, if you know what a future of anxieties and perils, of ill guarded shame you prepare for your sons and daughters, imprudently getting them accustomed to live scantily dressed and making them lose their sense of modesty, you would be ashamed of yourselves and you would dread the harm you are making for yourselves, the harm which you are causing to these children, whom Heaven has entrusted to you to be brought up as Christians."
Do you know where the real source of joy lies? Pope Benedict XVI said: "The source of Christian joy is the certainty of being loved by God, loved personally by our creator, by the one who holds the entire universe in his hands."
Are you missing out on what should be most important to a Catholic? St. Elizabeth Ann Seton feels many are: "There is a mystery, the greatest of all mysteries — not that my adored Lord is in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar — His word has said it, and what is so simple as to take that word, which is true to itself? — but that souls of His own creation, whom He gave His life to save, who are endowed with His choicest gifts in all things else, should remain blind, insensible, and deprived of that light without which every other blessing is unavailing!"
"Forgotten Truths To Set Faith Afire! Words to Challenge, Inspire and Instruct," by Michael Seagriff, soft cover, $13.99, 5.25" x 8", 366 pages, 2 black and white photographs, self-published through CreateSpace.com. d/b/a On-Demand Publishing, LLC, Charleston, SC. (Kindle $4.99) Orders, author’s blog http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/