Fr. P. J. Gannon, S.J. Written in Stone: How the Ten Commandments Strengthen and Heal Our World. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2022. Paperback $14.95. 128 pages. Available from the publisher.
It is not enough to simply claim to have faith; it is imperative that you know the reasons for what you believe. Here is the book to help readers understand how to overcome peril, defend morality, and avoid catastrophe.
In Written in Stone: How the Ten Commandments Strengthen and Heal Our World Fr. P. J. Gannon, S.J., who was one of Ireland’s foremost preachers and spoke before packed Churches, provides the remedy for societal divisions.
It’s no secret that the world is turned upside down. Morality is attacked from science, popular culture, education, and secular philosophy. From Biblical times to the Enlightenment, to the Reformation and modernity, even those who profess belief have sometimes promoted confusion with heretical ideas. This causes an “orgy of destruction” that threatens the foundation of Judeo-Christian tradition—and the future of our world.
“The dethronement of God leaves man a bewildered and despairing animal in an utterly unintelligible cosmos. It robs him of the basis of his sanity, his self-respect, his hopes,” reflected Fr. Gannon. “It undermines his spiritual and moral life, and leaves him without rudder, chart, or compass on a stormy sea, where treacherous rocks and sunken reefs abound, above which no stars shine, beyond which no port looms. If we remember this we shall understand the spectacle that saddens our eyes to-day—the spectacle, namely, of a world beginning to resemble a vast criminal asylum—full of neurotic unrest, full of hatred, greed, ambition, lust, murder, and every unrestrained instinct of the brute.”
In these pages, readers will see how the Father of Lies rewrites history, and how lying begets war and compels men to kill each other. Fr. Gannon explains when one is permitted to withhold information to avoid betraying a secret and when you are required to be forthright, even if it means suffering the consequences. His discussion of types of sin against the truth will help you realign your conscience to God’s will.
Readers will also find real-life examples and answers to difficult ethical questions. Best of all, they will discover how to restore society and turn the tide of “cosmic despair.” The Ten Commandments are not a burden, but a gift—a sign of God’s marriage covenant with you.
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