Thursday, November 24, 2011

The One Thing: Passing Faith Onto Children by Matthew Kelly

The One Thing was inspired by a father’s desire to pass his faith onto his son.  Within the framework of a middle of the night time spent holding his sleeping 10 month old son and wondering about what his life will be like, Matthew Kelly considers what he would most like to pass on to his child.  Through his thoughts and prayers that evening, Kelly gives a brief synopsis of the beauty and focal points of the Catholic faith along with a summary of the “becoming the best version of yourself” principles he explains and describes in his other books.
Adorable photos of his son, Walter Patrick, and the agape love characteristic of the parent/child bond are examined.  Kelly wishes to share the profound love, affection, and joy he has experienced as a father with his son as the first and best way to introduce the young man to the Catholic faith.  The centrality of Jesus Christ’s True Presence in the Eucharist as the fundamental Truth around which our faith revolves, is fueled, and set on fire is the crux of love and sacrifice he wants to pass on.   

Of course the closest you can get to loving someone unconditionally will be the best, most welcoming, and inspiring introduction to the Source of all Love and the most poignant glimpse of how God cherishes each one of His Children.
Matthew Kelly’s approach has often been to simplify the important lessons in faith and life and show people practical ways of how they can live them out.  He’s identified, simplified, and summarized the essentials he wishes to pass onto his son, thereby reminding each of us that our true presence and genuine love and compassion for others are two of the most important evangelization tools appropriate for all age levels. 
This little book may very well be a catalyst for parents, young adults, and grandparents to rediscover Catholicism, possibly even through Kelly’s other books, his conferences, or his website.
This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on The One Thing. They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible.
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