I'm so glad your joining this Book Club - as you know the book we'll be reading is Father Lawrence Lovasik's The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform The World, One Deed At a Time.
I just wanted to share a few preliminary thoughts and ideas before we jump into full-fledged reading this week.
Who is Father Lawrence Lovasik?
Here's a few biographical facts: Father Lawrence Lovasik was born on June 22, 1913 in Pennsylvania. He was the oldest of eight children and was ordained a priest in 1938. He served the Lord faithfully until his death in 1986, founding a congregation of religious sisters and penning over 30 books and 75 pamphlets over his lifetime.
I first became familiar with Father Lovasik's writings through the many short books on the Catholic Faith that he had written for children. These little books were such a treasure for my children when they were small and I highly recommend them. In fact, a dear friend of mine who was a convert to Catholicism devoured them and through them learned so much about the faith!
In an autobiographical sketch found on the Catholic Authors website, Father Lovasik describes his desire to write saying:
Though I was not specially gifted with a talent for writing, I was determined to work at it till I was able to present our Catholic people with the teaching of Jesus Christ in print. If God has chosen me to preach His truth and love among men, I wanted to do it in the most effective way I knew how, and that was by writing. My publications would reach souls to whom I was unable to preach, and I could thereby continue teaching the truths of the Catholic Church and its wonderful means of salvation long after my mortal remains had been laid in the grave!What a blessing that through this book club we are living out Father's prophetic words that his books would be a source of blessing long after his death! (Father's full autobiographical essay can be found here and is well worth the full read.)
Begin at the end....
In "The Hidden Power of Kindness", Father Lovasik includes a kindness questionnaire entitled "How kind are you?" in the appendix of the book. My plan is to "begin at the end" by using the questions as a "kindness examination of conscience" - a sort of checkpoint as we get started. My prayer is that by the end of this journey my answers to the questions Father poses will have shifted.
I'll be journaling my way through the book, and each of the weekly entries will include some journal starter questions.
This week's reading: Chapter One: Pages 5-26 (read up to the section: Master your senses and passions through discipline). Please note that Chapter One is far and away the longest chapter in the book - we will be splitting it over the next two weeks and from then on we will read one chapter per week.
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