Brevard, NC (PRWEB) January 03, 2012
Thomas Mahan crafts a thoughtfully written work that will quench the thirst of those hearts shrouded in fear and despair in Faith Burning With Hope. Readers, both those who already believe and those still seeking God’s grace, will find a multitude of gems of wisdom in this engagingly brilliant read.
Faith Burning With Hope is a personal document of a lover of the Catholic Church, painfully aware of how the message of Jesus is lost or distorted in twenty-first-century America. Starting with the teachings of Jesus, supplemented with the wisdom of Catholic theologians, Mahan envisions a church proclaiming forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, and love to a world permeated by a culture of fear and unaware that “grace is everywhere.” The author suggests that this basic Jesus-message contains avenues for moving beyond scandals and provides a new perspective for looking at controversial issues.
Why did Mahan write Faith Burning With Hope? “I have taken my cue from the fathers of the Church in their expressed need to “read the signs of the times” as the Second Vatican Council worked to bring the Church’s style and mode of interaction with the world up-to-date,” he wrote. “Pope John XXIII, in his remarks at the opening session of the council, emphasized that the work of the council was to have a focus on the pastoral role of the Church, and he underlined his preference for the “medicine of mercy” rather than of severity. I hope that these pages, in some small way, will reflect Blessed John XXIII’s aspirations.”
Mahan gives readers a whole new approach in seeking Biblical truth and deepening their faith. Faith Burning With Hope enriches one’s sense of purpose and lifts the weariest of sagging spirits.
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About the Author
Tom Mahan, PhD, a retired graduate dean and psychology professor, after seven years in the seminary, turned to the academic world, where he spent thirty-five years. The religious world is his lifelong interest. He served as psychological consultant to two bishops, as diocesan director of faith formation and school superintendent, and as director of synod implementation and diocesan planning. Blessed Pope John Paul II named him knight commander in the Order of St. Gregory the Great. The Theological College of Catholic University honored him as the second recipient of the Cardinal Bernardin Medal; the Citadel awarded him an honorary doctor of humanities degree.
Faith Burning With Hope* by Thomas W. Mahan
A Catholic Layman Wrestles With His Church
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
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