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Book Review Of Thomas Groome, "Eight Gifts: What Makes Us Catholic"

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Thomas Groome explicitly suggests that he is writing this book for the purpose of reaching out to Catholics and non-Catholics alike in an effort to share the spirituality and goodness of the church. In sharing the spirituality, the author believes that he can find a way to effectively communicate the catholicity of the church - that is, the universality in its teachings - as well as clarify exactly what it means to be a member of the Catholic Church today. In this context, Groome names three types of people that he specifically is writing for. First, the author names a non-practicing Catholic who is looking to reconnect with the church of his childhood; next a modern-day woman looking to ...view middle of the document...

Groome begins the discussion of each of these points with an anecdote in narrative form that helps show the real-world importance of the principle he is about to explain. For instance, in chapter five, Groome begins with a story about a visit with his brother back in Ireland. As the night wound on, the author was aware of how "late" it was getting according to chronological time, only to have his brother reply, "Ah...that clock's fast"(136). This anecdote helps bring home the focus on time that we have, and how we often get so caught up with meeting our daily, secular schedules that we lose sight of the big picture. Groome therefore encourages all individuals to "embrace the time we have" in order to make the most of our lives (151).Through the use of these short narrative stories, Groome clarifies and seeks to bring home the message of his eight personal tenets that he feels are crucial to understanding the true mission of the church. Above all, Groome seems to want people to look past the all the negative press, look past misconceptions and past mistakes and look now at how deeply the Catholic Church is concerned with the community and with social well-being. When all eight gifts are presented, the reader is left with the sense that the answer to the title question of what makes one Catholic really comes down to, as Groome himself said, "Who is our neighbor?" (241). Groome continues, adding that catholicity is the opposite of sectarianism, and invites any and all "communities of faith into solidarity with mankind" (241). As Groome concludes, we all - Catholics and non-Catholics alike - have "miles to travel" before we reach that level of inclusion and love that is consistent with what Jesus taught (243).Throughout the book, Groome builds upon the messages of previous chapters and finds ways to cleverly insert the messages of those previous chapters into the current one. For example, in each chapter, Groome emphasizes the Catholic tradition and how time and the community are important. As the book progresses, the reader is given more and more information so that the working definition of each of those concepts - tradition, time, community- evolve. In the beginning, the naive or less-informed reader might naturally assume the traditional definitions for each of those terms, and miss out on subtleties that require an understanding of the nuanced way in which Groome is applying the words. Namely, after reading later chapter and then returning to the early messages, the reader is able to understand that Groome believes that most of humanity and therefore humans participate in good...

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