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A Call to Awaken and Renew Your Faith
Author: Edith Prendergast, R.S.C.
Foreword by: Cardinal Roger Mahony
Regular Price: $12.95
Sale Price: $2.00
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: January 24, 2011
Sister Edith Prendergast, R.S.C., the longtime director of the LA Religious Education Congress (the nation’s largest annual gathering of Catholics), stirs readers’ enthusiasm and fires their imaginations in Grace Abounds: A Call to Awaken and Renew Your Faith, an inspiring set of reflections on faith and the call to serve one another in the Church and the world.
In this collection of rallying keynotes from the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Sr. Edith Prendergast, R.S.C., director of the archdiocese’s office of religious education, issues a clarion call to both conversion and renewal, inviting readers to enter more deeply into the mind and heart of Christ and to live as his messengers in the Church and the world. In a world burdened by anxiety and fear, where human weakness and social sin tear at the fabric of every institution, Prendergast reminds her readers that each one has been given an amazing gift of faith and calls them to revitalize their commitment to others.
Catechists, priests, DREs, and teachers will gain inspiration and encouragement in Prendergast’s compelling spiritual vision and find in her an inspiring example of leadership with her skilled use of scripture, the saints and mystics, and contemporary writers and poets. She also draws from the little epiphanies of ordinary, everyday life—be they the words of a child or the insights of a homeless man. With a spirit of reverence and delight, each reflection harmonizes a host of voices that both inspire and energize her readers.
"Will inspire and educate for years to come!"
"Since I have speaking at the Anaheim Congress from almost the beginning, I can truthfully say that Sr. Edith has been the shining light who has illuminated it for many of those years—both personally and professionally. Her stellar and passionate keynotes, gathered beautifully here, will inspire and educate us for years to come!"
Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Center for Action and Contemplation
"Moving and poetic."
"This moving and poetic book is all about grace, another name for God’s effective love at work in our lives. And no one is more credible to write it than Edith Prendergast. I say this because Edith herself has been such a means of grace not only to the Los Angeles Archdiocese but to the American Catholic community, especially through the famous Religious Education Congress that she has organized these many years. This book comes from the heart of a great woman with a deep Catholic faith. Sit back and treat yourself!"
Thomas H. Groome
Professor of Theology and Religious Education
"Touches our hearts and souls."
"Sr. Edith Prendergast touches our hearts and souls with her profound insights. What a valuable book to anchor us in God’s presence!"
Anne Bryan Smollin, Author of Live, Laugh, and Be Blessed
"Grace Abounds delightfully dusts off the true essentials of the spiritual life. Weaving poetry, scripture, and theology together with meaningful stories and lessons, Edith Prendergast enables us not only to be more deeply grateful for all we already have, but also opens us up to the vast possibilities still there for us in our relationship with God. Truly nourishing."
Robert J. Wicks, Author of Prayerfulness and Riding the Dragon
"Grace Abounds" by Sr. Edith Prendergast, R.S.C.
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