Lately I’ve been doing daily devotions using a small book called ‘Lent and Easter Wisdom from Fulton J. Sheen’, published by Redemptorist Pastoral Publications. They have a series of these books with quotes from different people— John Paul II, Thomas Merton, G. K. Chesterton, Saint Therese of Lisieux…. and also some similar books of ‘Advent and Christmas Wisdom’.
I started doing the book yesterday— well into Lent— and when I opened the book to the bookmark I’d used last time, I found that it was at ‘Monday of the Second Week of Lent’— in other words, it was in the place that the bookmark would be if I had been doing the book since Ash Wednesday. I took that coincidence to be an example of God encouraging me.
But what am I to do when Lent/Easter is over and Advent/Christmas haven’t yet started? I had the notion to write a devotional of my own with the theme of Catholic apologetics. (Apologetics is the defending of the faith through evidence and logical argument.)
It would be a book with about 30-31 days worth of devotions. Each day’s devotion would have a theme/question such as prayer to saints or good works. There would be a Bible passage and a quote from the early Church Fathers, a short Catholic answer to the topic, a meditation, a prayer….
I am trying to get some people to suggest topics or questions to cover. I welcome suggestions from cradle Catholics, Catholic converts and those on the journey, and also from those who are not Catholic and who think that Catholicism is unbiblical or ‘pagan’.
Why do this as a devotional book? Mainly because pure apologetic books can have a debate-y flavor, and I think there is a place for something more meditative and prayerful.
Title possibilities: Biblical Catholic Apologetics Daily Devotional
Biblical & Catholic: A Daily Devotional
30 Day Catholic Apologetic Devotional
So, what do you think?
Any comments, opinions, or feedback would be welcome.
The book pictured above is written by a Facebook friend of mine, Dave Armstrong. Dave is a former Protestant campus missionary who entered the Catholic Church in 1991 and is now a Catholic apologist and has written many, many books defending the faith. His blog is at http://socrates58.blogspot.com/ and contains a wealth of material on defending the Catholic faith.