This splendid eBook is a clarion call for Catholics to embrace their calling to be authentic witnesses in every aspect of social life. With passion and eloquence, Archbishop Chaput makes the case that our country is at a crucial turning point, and that faith-filled citizens—men and women with “hearts on fire”– can and must play their role in building a better future.
-Mary Ann Glendon, Author of The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World
Archbishop Charles Chaput is the American episcopate’s most acute analyst of the Catholic situation in America, and the American situation in Catholicism, today.
-George Weigel, author of The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy
In A Heart on Fire, Archbishop Chaput speaks with clarity and force about a central predicament facing America today: the diminution of a Christian voice in the public life of our nation. Chaput rightly insists that Americans must recognize the vital contribution religion has made historically to a vibrant public discourse. The true fate of a public Christian voice, however, lies in the hearts of Christian believers and their eagerness to transmit the faith to which they are heirs. Archbishop Chaput’s essay marks an important contribution to an urgent discussion that American Christians cannot afford to forego.
-John Garvey, President, The Catholic University of America
Archbishop Charles Chaput is one of the clearest, most courageous voices in American Catholicism, and this sharp, witty, well-reasoned reflection reminds us why. In tracing both the historical roots of America’s unique religious situation and the daunting challenges that confront us today, he makes a compelling case for the central role that Catholics must play in shaping the future of our republic. And he reminds us that when it comes to defending our God-given freedoms, there is no substitute for holy boldness.
-Colleen Carroll Campbell, host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture, author of The New Faithful, and former presidential speechwriter
Archbishop Chaput has written in clear and moving style an essay that situates the Catholic Church in a society ever more culturally secularized. Examining the reasons for the present societal impasse, he also uncovers anew our reason for hope.
-Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago