[quote=HagiaSophia]On the upside ----It has enriched my adult Catholic life tremendously; Fr. Martin’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, have clarified for me the answers to many questions I had and presented JPII to me in a way I never would have thought of without them.
He answered many questions through his characters and helped me go back into the Vatican II period and reread everything Fr. Charles Kelly wrote. I will be grateful for the rest of my life to both of them. Through the two of them I met many new authors,revisited Vatican II with an entire new and expanded understanding and as the new pope has said, “became an adult” Catholic…the truth does indeed make one free and it helps to know the why, the when and the who in today’s church which for me would not have been possible without these men providing the base.
On the downside, both of them made it clear that what you see and what you hear ain’t always what you get…you have to track some of these people from way back when and get a “full picture”.
The one thing they both did was to say “be not afraid” - Christ is with His church and in spite of some of the people working against it from within, there are at its very heart some holy men, carrying with them the authority that Christ gave them who are brave, dedicated, and willing to be martyrs albeit, silently, quietly, unknown and unheralded.
May both of these men rest in peace and when I get to heaven, I want to hug them both and say thank you. They made me a grown up Catholic and reinfected me with their own deep, abiding love for the church and their vocations.
Hi HagiaSophia…I haven’t read many of his books…I am hoping to. Must go to the library!
Did you know that he and Fr Gruner were of the same mind? Actually, I think they were friends.