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The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the life of the Church. Because of the suspension of public Masses and the disruption of parish life, many feel disconnected from Christ and his Church. As Catholics, we are wrestling with the theological and spiritual ramifications of the pandemic and how to discern God’s will in this time of crisis.
In Finding Christ in the Crisis: What the Pandemic Can Teach Us, Fr. Harrison Ayre and Michael Heinlein shed light on what God might be saying to us now, both in the Church and in the world. Through scriptural interpretation and examination of particular realities of the Faith, we can realize that, while we may at times be restricted in our access to the sacraments and even to pastoral leadership, the effects of this pandemic are by no means a defeat.
Instead, as men and women of faith, we have an opportunity to rediscover the heart of our Catholic identity and to find God in the midst of the storm.
Free gift with purchase! OSV is grateful to award-winning Christian composer and pianist Ian Mulder for offering a special CD with the purchase of this book. These are challenging times for us all. And yet the pandemic has inspired Christians across the world to grow in greater love for one another and strengthen our bonds of prayer and friendship.
This CD represents those realities and possibilities. And it offers to readers of Finding Christ in the Crisis an opportunity for further prayer, comfort and contemplation, facilitated by the beauty of Mulder’s extraordinary musical gifts.
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"'The cross is steady while the world is turning.' Saint Bruno’s words were never truer as the cross of Christ moves hearts during the pandemic to sacrifice for the common good and grow in holiness. Finding Christ in the Crisis by Father Harrison Ayre and Michael Heinlein is timely as we avoid turning inward when Christ calls us to greater purity of soul and generosity to serve others."
— Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville
"Father Ayre and Mr. Heinlein are to be commended for offering words that are both sober and encouraging as the Church seeks to navigate the pandemic and its effects. As we keep our eyes focused on Christ our hope, we can experience both real strength and genuine peace, as only He can give."
— Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
The Church offers us Christ’s stability during periods of instability. Father Harrison Ayre and Michael Heinlein have plunged into the treasury of the Church’s faith and tradition to grant us all access to the true stability that we always need, but now more than ever. This book is a timely gift to us all and, I believe, a source of much needed perspective and solace.”
— Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, author of A God Who Questions
In addition to raising health and economic questions, the pandemic has raised important spiritual questions — questions that Ayre and Heinlein adroitly address in this short, readable book. In a season when regular participation in Eucharist is not always possible, I come away from this read with a strong sense of Christ’s abiding presence ... and a new saint (Damian of Molokai) to accompany me through the uncertainty."
— Ann M. Garrido, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology
“This is a good and timely resource for individual reflection, prayer groups, discussion groups, virtual or otherwise, to grapple with where the Church is during this pandemic and how we might hold on to hope out of the wisdom of our Catholic faith tradition.”
— Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Chicago
“In the midst of the storm, often all we see is the storm. This easy to read and very practical and usable text can help us to focus on Christ and our faith in these stormy times. The witness of Christians in stormy times often has a profound impact on others. This text is inspirational and practical in various ways to help us be better witnesses.”
— Most Reverend Peter L. Smith, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Portland-in-Oregon
“Father Ayre and Mr. Heinlein’s book is written in the spirit of Saint John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris, on the Christian meaning of human suffering. I recommend it to help Catholics make sense of the suffering we have endured during the pandemic and to respond to it in a way that fosters holiness. The book gives valuable advice on how to grow spiritually during this difficult time and serves as a wonderful resource for Catholics who wish to deepen their relationship to Christ in the midst of suffering.”
— Most Reverend John T. Folda, Bishop of Fargo
"'All things work for good for those who love God.’ Trusting wholeheartedly in these words of Saint Paul, the authors of this valuable spiritual handbook strive to discern the good gifts that God is giving to his faithful people in this difficult time. Learning from the Old as well as the New Testament, and from the lives of the saints, they offer sound practical advice to help us draw closer through our trials and sufferings to Christ, who redeemed the world by his cross. They deserve our thanks for these encouraging pages, written with the Christian confidence that Pope Francis has urged us to have: ‘Beside each other, in love and patience, we can prepare a better time in these days.’”
— Rev. Msgr. Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America
"In their book Finding Christ in the Crisis, Father Harrison Ayre and Michael Heinlein show Catholics that we should not lose hope despite the unique challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors explain that if we read the hardships of the crisis through the truth of our faith and devote ourselves more fully to living our Catholic life as shown to us by Christ, the saints, and the Church, we can grow closer to God during these times."
— Congressman Daniel Lipinski, U.S. House of Representatives, IL-3