Michael Leach has just published a wonderful new book with us, Why Stay Catholic – Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question. He had me hooked from the first page where I found this:
Catholicism is about seeing what the eyes cannot see and understanding what is at the heart of things: truth, love, mercy, goodness, beauty, harmony, humility, compassion. Gratitude, joy, peace, salvation. It’s about seeing the ordinary and perceiving the extraordinary at the same time: the midnight glow of Easter candles that are, in truth, a thousand points of light; the stories of saints, the saga of sinners, and the rumors of angels that inspire and heal us. “It is only with the heart that one sees rightly,” wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupery. “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
In the midst of our turmoil and pain, it’s consoling to be reminded of what’s great about Catholicism.