Light and Leaven: The Challenge of the Laity in the Twenty-First Century

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Bishop Joseph Strickland is one of the Church’s boldest and most courageous leaders. His outspoken support of orthodox faith and morals, the sanctity of unborn life, and reforming Catholic institutions have made him a hero even to Catholics outside his little East Texas diocese.

In Light and Leaven he offers a forthright perspective on the state of the Church and the world today and calls on the lay faithful to meet its challenges unflinchingly. We must not shrink from the culture, he says, but be a light to it; we must not retreat from the world but leaven it with grace and truth.

In his direct and conversational manner, Bishop Strickland touches on a wide range of topics, including Church renewal in a time of scandal, the central importance of the Eucharist, how to build strong marriages, the need for prayer and silence in a noisy and distracted age, and the battle between good and evil in which all Christians are engaged. He will inspire and edify you with his wise insights, pastoral common sense, and evident love for souls.

"Many are depressed about what they see in the Church today. Many are discouraged and confused about what the Catholic Church teaches. We see a worldliness and secularism that's gripped society and the inside of our beloved Catholic Church, Light and Leaven is a clarion call to bishops, priests, religious and laity alike to truly live the Gospel, to be counter cultural in the way we deposit the faith and witness what we profess. For the Church to be truly powerful, not as the world is powerful, but in and through Christ's Divine Power present in the Sacraments, Bishop Strickland reminds us of the power source: the Holy Eucharist and the sacramental life of the Church. Alexis Walkenstein, co-producer Unplanned, evangelist and editor of Fulton J. Sheen


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Bishop Joseph Strickland
Hardcover, 176 pages
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6 Reviews

  • 5
    Bishop Joseph E. Strickland's book: Light and Leaven - The Challenge of the Laity in the Twenty-First Century

    Posted by Mark Cascia on Jan 5th 2021

    With the scandals and abuses of the clergy in the American Catholic Church so dominant in the secular media, it is so refreshing to read the thoughts and reflections of a Catholic bishop who upholds and actively preaches the traditional beliefs of the Catholic Church. Bishop Joseph Strickland is one of the boldest and most orthodox leaders in the American Catholic Church who unflinchingly defends the sanctity of unborn life, the sanctity of marriage between man and woman, and the timeless value of orthodox faith and morals. This first book of Bishop Strickland is a gem, and I hope he inspires others in the clergy to follow his path.

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    Light and Leaven

    Posted by Helen Webb on Dec 16th 2020

    I love this book. I am blessed to have him as my Bishop. A very Godly man!

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    Light & Leaven

    Posted by Brian Lardy on Dec 15th 2020

    This is a fantastic read

  • 5
    Light and Leaven

    Posted by Cecilia J. Hall on Dec 14th 2020

    Excellent straight forward language dealing with issues in today's Catholic Church.

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    Light and Leaven

    Posted by Stacy on Dec 10th 2020

    I very much enjoyed this book. It's form is more of an essay which made it easy to read a topic, think about it, then pick back up again. I can think of many people in my life that I hope will read the book!

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    Light and Leaven: The Challenge of the Laity in the Twenty-First Century

    Posted by Michael on Dec 9th 2020

    A heartfelt explanation of a Dedicated Bishop who is tormented by the deteriorating condition of the Church. The words flow as if the author was in your living room enjoying an evening of recollection. Makes a True Catholic want to reside in the diocese of Tyler. Thank You for your bold descriptions of what is destroying the Catholic Church in American and beyond.

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