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A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World

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Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, surveys the exciting and history-changing ideas of Pope John Paul II in A Civilization of Love. By popularizing not only John Paul's vision but also that of his successor, Benedict XVI, Anderson hopes to inspire Christians to work toward creating a civilization of love. In such a civilization every person is a child ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 25th 2008)
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Mar 01, 2012 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fabulous book, and one that every Catholic should read! I was very impressed by the practical and straight-forward application of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church to the realities of our every day life. This book takes what is at the heart of our Faith and puts it to work in the world. We are all called. It is our duty to guard, nurture, build, and share the love of Christ with the whole world. This book is a reminder of this very call. The power of this book is in it's profo ...more
May 13, 2008 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It is amazing, to me, how farwe draw away from the common and courteous and the proper way to treat one another in this world. Are we being cheated by big business? Are we getting things over on big business and getting out "fair" share. Do we learn from the relationship between the commone people, the Lords of Industry, the Lord of us all and most importantly, do we learn that the respectfuy treatment of one another in the past and the decisiion to get awar from the doctrine of fairness in the ...more
Fredrick Danysh
The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus writes about following the teachings of Jesus and loving one's fellow man. He uses discussions going back to the teachings of Paul through Pope Francis and looks at anti-Christian views of people like Freud and others. Each chapter are several meditation questions.
Jul 08, 2009 Joel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent easy introduction to Catholic social teaching. The intended audience is lay Catholics, but even as a Protestant I found much worth pondering. The treatment of Nietzsche and especially the straight line drawn from him to fascism is too dismissive, but most treatments of Nietzsche's work that aren't explicitly philosophical typically make this mistake. Since most of the work is built around explicating the writings of JPII and Benedict XVI, it might be worthwhile for readers more serious ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has good content, but its organization is horrible. This book is really a collection of essays put together in chapter form. The problem is that the essays are not seperated, but all flow together without natural breaks. The chapters seem forced together; which results in confusion for the reader as thoughts meld into new thoughts that are not connected to the original. Breaking this book into essays would have solved this problem and made it much more enjoyable.
Jul 30, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it all about, LOVE! This book is a wonderful book to see how God can be at the root of everything. Although it primarily speaks about Catholic social teaching (which is so great for every Catholic to know) it really speaks about concepts that everyone can relate to. That the family is the root of love, respect for live, mission work in our everyday lives, and more. A quick wonderful read!!!
Patti Clement
Written by The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, an organization of Catholic laymen. The author challenges Christians to take an active role in their faith to work toward creating a civilization of love.
I enjoyed Anderson's reflections and application of Catholic teachings to current world issues.
Feb 06, 2010 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Catholics
Beautiful, Inspiring and insightful!!! A definite must-read for all Catholics!!!!
Mary Alice
Nov 22, 2008 Mary Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those interested, this is a must read, for catholics and non-catholics alike.
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Oct 17, 2008 Silver Rose marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Eduardo Verastegui recommended it...need I say more? :D
Oct 27, 2008 Geoffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb work every Catholic should read.
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The 13th supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl A. Anderson has led the Knights and their families since 2000 to unprecedented levels of charitable giving and support for their communities and Church. Under Mr. Anderson’s leadership, membership has grown to more than 1.9 million Knights, who together in 2014 alone donated over $173.5 million to charity and provided more than 71.5 million ...more
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