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The Great Mysteries: Experiencing Catholic Faith from the Inside Out
Father Andrew Greeley's "The Great Mysteries" responds with rare passion and skill to the growing concerns of both spiritual seekers and those who teach the Catholic Christian faith.
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published August 11th 2003 by Sheed & Ward
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As a high school teen I recall The Cardinal Sins by Andrew Greeley as being one of the raciest books in my mother's giant library stack. It wasn't the silky blood red robe practically falling off and showing the bum of the creamy nude woman on the cover. I was used to my mother's book stack containing novels with jacket art that seemed, at least to me at the time, a little racy. A lot of the books she read had some poor woman desperately looking over her shoulder from the castle she was fleeing, ...more
Fr Greeley attempts to peel away the stale language around various Catholic doctrine and give a fresh look at those doctrines and how they apply to modern life. I found some of his thoughts to be useful and others to strike me as close to heresy but they did get me to approach known doctrine with fresh eyes.
I thought this book was pretty straightforward on the difficult subject of "the Mysteries," which are simple ideas hard to convey. The only thing that bugged me was starting off each chapter with pages of worldly ills. Some of the smaller chapters seemed to only hint at the topic in question.
Andrew Greeley was a Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist, and author of 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of nonfiction. For decades, Greeley entertained readers with such popular characters as the mystery-solving priest Blackie Ryan and the fey, amateur sleuth Nuala Anne McGrail. His books typically center on Irish-American Roman Catholics living or working in Chicago.More about Andrew M. Greeley