Message from the Pastor

Bulletin Issue: January 7, 2018

Before saying adieu to 2017 and singing the customary Auld Lang Syne, I reflected on some of the books and texts that over the past year I found informative and inspiring. Five such works came to mind. I call them my “texts of the year.” Arranging them in five categories I would like to share them with you:

Best Pastoral Book

Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity by Fr. James Martin, S.J.
Encouraged and supported by leading episcopal authorities, this important book serves as a resource for greater understanding and dialogue within and beyond Catholic faith communities.

Best Spiritual Meditative Book

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Rich with spiritual insights on the ways in which The Holy Trinity can be understood as It flows and forces in our relationship with God and with one another.

Best Science Book

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov
While much of this book describes how IBM’s computer, Deep Blue, eventually proved more “intelligent” than the chess grandmaster, Kasparov, the book also suggests the strengths as well as limits of artificial intelligence.

Best Cultural/Economic Book

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman
A national commentator on the socio-economic-technological changes sweeping the globe, Friedman offers the reader insights into the forces of technology, globalization, climate change and biodiversity loss.

Best Social Media Site

Grotto Network

Since its launch this past November by the University of Notre Dame, Grotto Network has become an important vehicle for young adults to explore and find meanings in and through their faith communities. Pastoral and spiritual categories offer advice and insights into concerns involving health and wellness, career and finance and relationships. Whatever your age, I recommend that you check out the site.

I welcome your suggestions on books that inspired you this past year.