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“The Catholic Thing is the kind of little miracle that ripples out to touch lives in powerful ways.” – Archbishop Charles Chaput

My son John Paul once asked me for something he could read about Catholicism. I suggested Joseph Ratzinger’s Introduction to Christianity . He’s sophisticated and well-read, in philosophy and theology, among other subjects, and therefore balked at what seemed too elementary. But he gave it a try. I asked him later what he thought: “Dad, that’s not just an introduction.” To be sure. The same could be said – and I’m thinking of trying that experiment again on him and others – with Fr. Thomas Joseph White’s new book The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism .

The survival of the Church in the developed world depends on the existence of two groups of people, one small and one large. The smaller group, as has always been the case, are those who can study arguments and absorb them in a living way. Our democratic reflexes balk at this, but as Aquinas saw in his own day, most people don’t have the time, or inclination, or philosophical bent to study sacred doctrine. Plus the questions are hard and generate many errors. ( Contra Gentiles , Book 1, chapter 4) Modern technological means and widespread literacy have enlarged the pool, somewhat, but it’s still the case that only the few are going to be able to “give a reason for what we believe.”

“The Catholic Thing is the kind of little miracle that ripples out to touch lives in powerful ways.” – Archbishop Charles Chaput

My son John Paul once asked me for something he could read about Catholicism. I suggested Joseph Ratzinger’s Introduction to Christianity . He’s sophisticated and well-read, in philosophy and theology, among other subjects, and therefore balked at what seemed too elementary. But he gave it a try. I asked him later what he thought: “Dad, that’s not just an introduction.” To be sure. The same could be said – and I’m thinking of trying that experiment again on him and others – with Fr. Thomas Joseph White’s new book The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism .

The survival of the Church in the developed world depends on the existence of two groups of people, one small and one large. The smaller group, as has always been the case, are those who can study arguments and absorb them in a living way. Our democratic reflexes balk at this, but as Aquinas saw in his own day, most people don’t have the time, or inclination, or philosophical bent to study sacred doctrine. Plus the questions are hard and generate many errors. ( Contra Gentiles , Book 1, chapter 4) Modern technological means and widespread literacy have enlarged the pool, somewhat, but it’s still the case that only the few are going to be able to “give a reason for what we believe.”

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