Posted January 12, 2011
Book: Light in the Darkness: A Christian Vision for Unstable Times
Author: Catherine Doherty
Madonna House Publications, Ontario, Canada, 2009, pp.96
An Excerpt from the Jacket:
Catherine Doherty was a realist whose life spanned most of the twentieth
century. She saw clearly what happens when we live as if there were no God. She
also knew what we could become through God’s grace. Beginning with personal
conversion, she calls us to restore our lives and all creation to the Father’s
An Excerpt from the Book:
A Never-Ending Struggle
Perseverance is love in action, a means by which the wings of the Holy Spirit
can sweep away temptations.
Perseverance says, “Be patient for just another minute. When you started out,
you were in love with God --- what has happened?” and the temptations curl up
and depart, for what can they do against this steadfastness begotten by
Perseverance faces life head-on. It never says, “But,” or “If things were
different.” The language of perseverance is always a “yes” to God.
The only thing that can triumph over perseverance is when I do my own will. In
the face of that kind of treatment, perseverance slowly dies. But it can be
revived with one sentence: “Lord, I am sorry. Not my will, but yours.
The fight against self is never ending. Only when I am in my coffin will I be
able to say I have been faithful to the end. Today I can say that by the grace
of God, I have been faithful for many years, but I don’t know if I am going to
be faithful this Friday, or next Saturday, or Sunday! I shall only know I have
persevered when I see Christ.
Table of Contents:
Wisdom in a nuclear age
“Am I my brother’s keeper?
Whom shall we worship?
It begins with us
A radical solution
When we don’t want God
Making God’s family
Revolution of love
Surrendering to receive
Hold on to your saint!
The martyrdom of loving one another
Take my yoke upon you
Conforming to the world
The suffering that transforms us
How am I to atone?
On the Brink of war
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God’s greatest gift
Faith for all cultures
Growing in faith