Upon this Rock and A Catechism
of the Holy Rosary
by Fr Edwin Gordon

Review by Francis Phillips

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Upon this Rock and A Catechism of the Holy Rosary,
by Fr Edwin Gordon

Available from Gracewing publishers, £7.99, ISBN 0852446098

Francis Phillips writes : "Until blindness struck him the author was parish priest of St Joseph's parish, Gibraltar. Thus the 'rock' refers both to the rock of Gibraltar and the 'rock' of faith. Fr Gordon, whose own widowed father was ordained at the age of 81 and who served a vigorous ministry until his death aged 91, was raised in a devout family; his faith is solid and straightforward.

His book, full of homely anecdotes, is a neat summary of the Church's teaching, made explicit through the Creed, the Sacraments and the Ten Commandments. He quotes John Paul II, John XXIII and other popes and uses well-known saints such as Thomas More, Teresa of Lisieux and Mother Teresa to illustrate his points. He is particularly eloquent on the subject of priestly celibacy which, he says, 'surely shares in the foolishness of the Cross.'

A final section discusses the mysteries of the Rosary, including the Luminous Mysteries; much theological ground is covered clearly and briefly. The whole would make excellent supplementary reading to an RCIA programme.

Available from Gracewing publishers, £7.99, ISBN 0852446098


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