This Christmas, as a help to the work of evangelisation across the Diocese, I wish to give a gift to everyone who comes to Christmas Mass – not only to the regularly practising but to all the Christmas attendees.
A generous donor has provided me with 40,000 copies of Matthew Kelly’s best-selling book, Rediscover Jesus, for distribution to all the faithful of our Diocese of Portsmouth. Matthew Kelly, from Sydney Australia, is a New York Times best-selling author. He has written over twenty books, published in over thirty languages. His other books include Rediscover Catholicism and The Seven Levels of Intimacy.
Rediscover Jesus consists of a collection of 40 short chapters, 3-8 pages each, that focus on a particular way to know Jesus and to open the reader’s life to His grace. Each reading concludes with a Point to Ponder, a Verse to Live, a Question to Consider and a Short Prayer. Some readings examine things Jesus said on a subject; others explore the process of prayer. Some begin with a teaching of Jesus and apply it to our lives, while others begin with a challenge and look to Jesus for a solution. It would make an excellent book for use during Lent as well as during Christmas!
Over the next week, every parish will be receiving their allotment of books, enough for the usual numbers of practising Catholics, plus many more for the Christmas attendance. I suggest the books are handed out to each person at the end of the Christmas Masses as people leave church. Some parishes are gift-wrapping the books and others are planning to invite readers to a follow-up meeting in January to discuss it.
Hope you enjoy it. May it help all of us in our efforts at “Bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.”