After the positive response from his first book, “Faith that Frees,” Rev. Richard G. Malloy, S.J., wrote “Being on Fire: The Top Ten Essentials of Catholic Faith.”
This novel, written by The University’s very own vice president of university ministries, offers a concise description of the fundamentals of faith that is equally informative and easy to understand. Malloy clearly exemplifies the potential role faith can play in our lives by providing relatable scenarios and real world events.
Many young adults are struggling to identify themselves and, with such a strong influence from the media, religion does not always take priority. “Being on Fire” clarifies the key concepts of the Catholic faith and applies them to who we are and who we are becoming. The 10 essentials are: God loves us and has created us to become divine; creation is good; Jesus as the essential gift; Christ is community; the church is both human and divine; righting relationships; sacraments sing our stories; mission matters; practice makes us better, not perfect; and smile, because despite it all, the universe is user-friendly. There is a recurring theme that we can take control of our lives and achieve what we strive for. The book states, “We don’t have to drink the poisons of our age.” We have the power to better ourselves.
The book is simply organized by having each of the 10 essentials explained in its own chapter.
Malloy attracts a broad audience by using simple terms and providing quotes from historical figures as well as explanations that the average reader can understand. He allows for open-mindedness and shows the reader how to apply the top 10 essentials to their everyday lives at the reader’s desired intensity level.
As the author, Malloy aimed to help students see the potential in the Catholic faith through all of the chaos that can be misleading. Any person wanting to expand his or her understanding of the Catholic faith should read Malloy’s book and learn how to, as St. Ignatius said, “go forth and set the world on fire.”
By Kayla Shea
Arts & Life Correspondent