We all need reminders of why being Catholic is such a great thing. Shortly after adults join the Church, the excitement of Easter may start to fade. This is the perfect time to remind them of ways they can understand and celebrate their new faith on a regular basis.
A book you may wish to share with them is one that just hit the shelves—Friar Jack’s Favorite Prayers
. It gives the full text of the prayers, along with a great explanation of each, and includes many widely used prayers such as the Our Father and Hail Mary. The introduction offers a discussion about different styles of prayer, reminding us that there are many ways to pray. (Fr. Jack Wintz, O.F.M., editor of Catholic Update
, writes the popular e-newsletter Friar Jack's E-spirations
The second book I recommend is Catholic and Loving It
. This book informs us about various Catholic traditions, encourages us to celebrate our Catholicism and provides practical ways to enrich our lives as Catholics.
Its authors write: “Our little book hopes to further the call of the council [Vatican II] by presenting the customs it praised in a way accessible to, well, modern believers. By extending the faith beyond the official, liturgical context, all of life can be ‘evangelized,’ the promise and love of Christ being spread to our whole lives.” –Sabitha Narendran and Andrew Salzmann