John Walsh Library

Good news! The John Walsh Library at St. Paul’s has re-opened.

We hope to have the library open routinely before and after weekend Masses. Masks are required and capacity is limited to 2 persons at a time. Plan to take advantage of this great parish resource!

Book Review

Francis, Pope.  A Stranger and You Welcomed Me (A Call to Mercy and Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees).
We have all seen the heartbreaking scenes at our border as migrants desperately try to enter the U.S. in search of a better life. Solutions to this chaos are not simple and it can be difficult to remember that many thousands of people worldwide are frantically trying to flee from mind-numbing poverty, terror, and oppression. Pope Francis reminds us we must move from considering migrants as threats to our comfort, to valuing them as persons whose life experience and culture can contribute greatly to the enrichment of our society. We need to welcome them by expanding legal pathways to their entry. We need to respect their humanity and protect them from assaults on their dignity. We need to promote them and their human development through such means as access to all levels of education. We need to integrate them by encouraging them to participate fully in our society. Every stranger who knocks on our door presents us with an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ. (Call No. 261.8-FRA)

Book Review

Chittister, Joan. Two Dogs and a Parrot. (What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us.)

This book illustrates the role of animal companions in the development of our spiritual lives. It is written both for those who have pets and for those who wonder why so many people do. A loving human-animal relationship is built on mutual care and concern, on mutual responsibility and respect. Her stories about her mutual friends show how they drew her out of herself and made her aware of a whole other level of what it means to be alive. They helped her fulfill a human need to cling to nature even in a world made of glass and steel that has divided us from it. They taught her that we are here as part of creation, not as simply as consumers of it. She watched them cherishing life’s pleasures and dealing with its struggles. In her pets, she has seen another face of God. (Call No. 636.088-CHI)

Suggested date of publication: November 13.

Book Review

Martin, S.J., James. Between Heaven and Mirth.

Father Martin is one of our most popular authors whose sense of humor, humility, and thoughtful reflection appeal to many. He believes that holy people are joyful people. He assures us that God wants us to experience joy, to cultivate a sense of holy humor, and to laugh at life’s absurdities, including our own humanity. There is no virtue in being joy-challenged. Drawing on scripture and his own experiences as a lifelong Catholic and a Jesuit for over twenty years, he illustrates how humor and laughter help us to live more spiritual lives, understand ourselves and others better, and more fully appreciate God’s presence among us. Obviously, many situations in life are serious, even tragic; Father Martin does not expect believers to be “grinning idiots” at inappropriate times. But he wonders why so many religious people seem to believe that the absence of joy is a necessary part of their spiritual lives. Instead he believes earthly joy and laughter are a way of preparing for an eternity of happiness. (Call No. 248.4-MAR)