Listed here are a few of the categories in Hannah’s 2019 Reading Challenge. The arrows indicate which books we have available by donation at the Pastoral Centre. Many of the other books are available in our sign-out library.
Please see the books in the 2019 Catholic Reading Challenge attached documment (June 2019)
A Recent Book Pick: Heaven in Stone and Glass by Bishop Robert Barron
by Hannah Hay
This book had been sitting on my nightstand for several months…waiting its turn to be opened. On April 15, 2019, a fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. I was overcome with sadness over the burning and potential loss of this magnificent cathedral. A cathedral that I have wanted to see in person, but now perhaps never would. I glanced away from the images of the fire, and saw the cover of this book…a Rose Window. Heaven in Stone and Glass is all about the spiritual significance of the architecture of the great cathedrals. I have longed to travel to Europe and see these beautiful churches built hundreds of years ago for the glory of God. Someday. Hopefully it will not be too long. But for now, I am thankful that I can read about these places. Bishop Barron took me where I couldn’t visit myself, and reading about his hours of meditation in France’s great cathedrals fed my soul. He gives insights on the architecture that help the reader to see the beauty of these cathedrals with medieval eyes. His explanations of patterns and themes will draw your heart heavenward. I was filled with awe and gratitude that these buildings are part of our spiritual heritage. Now I have even more to look for and appreciate when I do take that pilgrimage to Europe.