In Of Passion and Folly Sr. Patricia McCarthy, C.N.D., demonstrates that -- through Scripture, the sacraments, and the formation of the conscience through prayer and action, and in community with each other -- we can walk along Jesus' way, the way of peace. She opens the door to a transformation from violence to peace by emphasizing the need for education in the spirituality rooted in the gospel and in the tradition and sacramental life of the Church.
The underlying conviction Sr. Patricia brings to Of Passion and Folly is that the work of peace is integral to the message of Christ's teachings and life. The spirituality of peace, which cannot co-exist with violence of any kind, is found within the gospel although it has often been buried under the just war tradition of our Church. In order to be whole in our response to Jesus Christ, she challenges us to reexamine our attitudes and be willing to re-look at prayer, the sacraments, Eucharist, penance, business practices, social life, parenting, lifestyles, and consumerism in light of Jesus' command to love one another, even our enemies.
Written for a Catholic audience, Of Passion and Folly is a valuable tool for directors of adult education in parishes, for teachers and chaplains in high schools and colleges, for those involved in the RCIA, and for peace action groups.
. . . a very practical and authentic book written by one who lives out its message and is herself a peacemaker. It is challenging, calling its readers to a passionate love of God and following the example given by Jesus. This is a book for everyone.Bishop Charles Buswell I learned and laughed and was given pause by her disconcertingly blunt reflections on the beatitudes, our falling short, even falling away from the method and means of Christ. Such a companion her little book proves, loving and demanding, a vade mecum to an even smaller tome: the Gospel.Daniel Berrigan, SJ