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The Return of the Prodigal Son

By Peter Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Sep 27, 2010

On the advice of an acquaintance, I read, enjoyed, and benefitted from The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J.M. Nouwen. I learned a few new things about myself, and benefitted in my vocation and the various roles I play in my life (husband, father, son, sibling, businessman, etc.). I'm not familiar with the author's larger body of work, so I don't recommend the author. I do, however, recommend this book.

Peter Mirus is a business, marketing, and technology consultant with more than 20 years of experience working with companies and nonprofits, ranging from start-ups to large international organizations. From 2004-2014 he contributed articles on the Catholic Faith, culture, and business to the website.
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  • Posted by: Retired01 - Jun. 03, 2019 12:08 PM ET USA

    The crude treatment of John Rist highlights a disturbing trend in Rome. What else is news? How about the crude treatment of Catholic doctrine?

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 02, 2019 10:25 PM ET USA

    Let me get this straight. To be "rigid" in matters of faith and morals is a sin. To be "black and white" in moral matters is a sin. To be a "lover of rules and doctrines" is a sin. Guilty as charged. ...But my confessor priest disagreed with that assessment in the confessional today. So I suppose we are to set aside 1,900 years of Catholic theology because pre-Vatican II, pre-critical scholarship had it all wrong. Only by conforming to today's fad and fashion in the Vatican are we validated.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 01, 2019 5:54 PM ET USA

    The good news is that the Holy Ghost will prevent the _institutional Church_ (i.e., the Church as a corporate institution known by the name "Mystical Body of Christ") from faltering into human error, since it is a supernatural entity that is merely _staffed_ by people who do fall into moral error. Recall that Rist is not the first to suffer this punishment. Dr. Joseph Seifert was the first. Then of course we recall the dismissal of Cardinals, other clergy, and entire papal congregations.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Jun. 01, 2019 2:51 PM ET USA

    You can't expect to publicly criticize the boss and get away with it. If I publicly called the chancellor at the university where I work an "idiot", my parking space would probably disappear real quick.

  • Posted by: Foundas - May. 31, 2019 6:16 PM ET USA

    The Papal vindictiveness seems to fit right in with all that is rumored about Francis' behaviors and temperament. Trump has more to be vindictive about than Francis but he abstains where Francis cannot.