Letters to a Young Catholic (Paperback)

By George Weigel

Basic Books, 9780465028320, 368pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2015

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"An engaging, lucid, and informative introduction to the teachings and traditions of Catholicism." --Wall Street Journal

In this remarkable exploration of the Catholic world, prominent Catholic author and papal biographer George Weigel offers a luminous collection of letters to young Catholics, not-so-young Catholics, and curious souls who wonder what it means to be Catholic today. Weigel takes readers on an epistolary tour of Catholic landmarks-from Chartres Cathedral to St. Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina; from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem to G.K. Chesterton's favorite pub in Oxford; and from the grave of a modern martyr in Warsaw to the Sistine Chapel. Weaving together insights from history, literature, theology, and music, Weigel illuminates the beliefs that give Catholicism its distinctive texture and explores the theological importance of grace, prayer, vocation, sin and forgiveness, suffering, and-most importantly-love. Revised and updated with five new "tour stops," Letters to a Young Catholic will inspire not only the young generation of Catholics whose World Youth Day celebrations have launched an era of renewal for the Church, but also the faithful, the doubtful, and the searchers of every age.

About the Author

George Weigel, a Catholic theologian and one of America's leading public intellectuals, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. Weigel was educated at St. Mary's Seminary College in Baltimore and at the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. He has been an assistant professor of theology at St. Thomas Seminary School of Theology in Kenmore, a scholar-in-residence at the World Without War Council of Greater Seattle, and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. From 1989 until 1996, Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The author of numerous books on Catholicism and faith, Weigel lives with his wife in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Praise For Letters to a Young Catholic

"If I weren't a cradle Catholic, George Weigel's Letters to a Young Catholic might make me want to convert."—Washington Post

"'Great Expectations,' in fact, could be Weigel's subtitle, for that is what he hopes to inspire in youthful souls with his graceful meditations on truth, beauty, and love."—Claremont Institute Review

"I expect Letters will be a long-time Catholic-culture classic."—National Review

"This is a luminous work that would appeal to anyone interested in faith, hope, and life itself."—Booklist