Writing Project: Daily Devotions with a Catholic Apologetic Theme


Can the Catholic faith be defended from the Bible?

Can the Catholic faith be defended from the Bible?

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.

Note:

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.

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One thought on “Writing Project: Daily Devotions with a Catholic Apologetic Theme

  1. I am not Catholic, but I have read books by Catholics, and the late Brennan Manning is one of my favorite authors.

    Yes, some books I’ve encountered have wandered into mystical, pagan-ish realms that made me uncomfortable. They didn’t smell right, if you will. Not all of those books were by Catholic authors, however; many were by Protestants / Evangelicals.

    Any of Manning’s words that made me uncomfortable do so because they speak to my spirit and show me what’s wrong so that I can live better and mirror Christ. They smell of the Bible. 🙂

    So, a devotional book that keeps close to the Bible while also supporting tenets of the Catholic faith might be a very good thing for any Christian to explore.

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