The Richness of the Catholic Faith: A Poet’s View, by John Patrick Gatton is a delightful small volume. Gatton desires to share, as the title suggests, the richness of life available through a relationship with Jesus. Looking at this matter from various viewpoints, you can imagine what Mary might say to you, or how she might describe raising Jesus and experiencing his life and growth during his time on earth. You can imagine Peter’s thoughts and feelings as he describes his experience following Christ. Jesus’ life is even apparent in our marriages, relationships, children, hopes, and dreams. God’s creations, the flowers and the sunshine and the wild animals, all are created for our pleasure. Many illustrations are used in The Richness of the Catholic Faith to show how far reaching and indescribable the love of God is. By seeking him and allowing him a greater place in our lives, we can gain greater peace and healing for ourselves and those around us.
John Patrick Gatton describes himself as a poet, but the stories in this book are not typical rhyming poetry. Rather, they are written in a lyrical poetic way. At the same time, several principles of Catholic faith are explained. Forgiveness and prayer are keys to a relationship with the Godhead—even the Lord’s prayer says “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Peacefulness in all our relationships is something to be highly prized. We are to “be Jesus” to those around us and help others, love others, and serve others.
I don’t think one needs to be Catholic to enjoy this book. It can bring peace to any Christian and potentially bring any person to Christ.
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and the views expressed are my own.