Dear Readers, I am excited to let you know that I have published my study guide — God Has No Grandchildren — on marriage! It’s now available on Kindle — all the posts from my Casti Connubii series in one place, completely revised and expanded!
And yes! George Cardinal Pell of Australia, Prefect, Secretariat for the Economy (as in, he works in the Vatican!), has graciously endorsed your humble servant in this endeavor.
Why? Because he wants you to know: We need to understand as deeply as we possibly can the mystery of marriage!
This! This is the most important battle today, the “ground zero” of all our struggles to bring good into the world: Forming and keeping happy families!
As you will recall, back in the day I wrote some posts here that guided you through the encyclical (apostolic letter) of Pope Pius XI.
Why did I do this? I don’t know! It doesn’t seem like the kind of thing that drives traffic to the blog or makes me famous, does it?
It does seem odd. But. I was really compelled by the need to bring this prophetic pope’s teachings into our world today (it was written in 1930, at the very start of the disastrous era of World War II). I can’t explain it, but I knew that if I didn’t do it, no one else would, and I also knew that I had to try, as quixotic an adventure as it might be.
The encyclical not that easy to read.
But it’s really, really wise.
Many people have changed their lives when they have read this letter. Their marriages have changed. They suddenly got it.
Father Jerry J. Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington. Fr. Pokorsky co-founded both CREDO and Adoremus, two organizations deeply engaged in authentic liturgical renewal. He says:
God Has No Grandchildren is a splendid new book. It is a beautifully presented treatment of a crucial theme which time is only revealing ever more to have been prophetic.
- Where does marriage come from?
- What is God’s plan for marriage?
- What are the goals of marriage?
- What does “wives, submit to your husbands” mean?
- What is mutual submission?
- How do I balance my desire to do good in the world with demands at home?
It’s not a long read. Here would be my suggestions for you:
- Read it alone.
- Read it with your spouse.
- Give it to your engaged children or friends.
- Read it with your St. Gregory Pocket — in your ladies’ group or as a couples’ activity.
- Invite your pastor to read with you.
It’s a short book on its own, and it’s a study guide to use in a group. Instead of finding the scattered posts here, just bring your tablet/reader to your meeting. (Of course, they will still be here!)
You can trust its contents: Several orthodox priests have read it and helped me fine-tune its message. Cardinal Pell’s introduction testifies to the importance of this message to our world today.
Thank you so much for being our readers!!
(By the way, the cover is designed by our own Deirdre’s husband John Folley. Isn’t it beautiful?)