Orbis Books - Repair My House: Becoming a "Kingdom" Catholic - by Michael H. Crosby
Paperback: 192 pages (April 27, 2012). 6 x 9.2.
Repair my house. From a crucifix in a ruined chapel, St. Francis heard this instruction, which set him on a mission of evangelical renewal. In the light of unprecedented crisis afflicting the Catholic church, Michael Crosby calls us all to undertake a wholesale project of repair and renewal. The crisis is visible in the sex abuse scandal, and the questions it has raised about internal structures of authority and clerical culture. Meanwhile, a spate of new atheists has challenged traditional worldviews. The percentage of those identifying themselves as former Catholics grows at an alarming rate. In response, Fr. Crosby sees a challenge to return to the core evangelical message of Jesus Christ. This message is supported, not contradicted by discoveries in science and cosmology. He envisions a new way of being Catholic and a set of practices that draws on the contemplative, compassionate, and life-giving spirit of the Kingdom that God's will may be realized on earth as it is in heaven.
Michael H. Crosby (1940-2017) was a Capuchin Franciscan whose preaching and writing on contemporary biblical discipleship took him around the world. He authored seventeen books, many of which have won awards from the Catholic Press Association, including Spirituality of the Beatitudes, Finding Francis, Following Christ, and The Paradox of Power.