We Are All Called – a Book by Father Tom Heron
by Brian Coll
Father Tom Heron from Saint Matthews stopped by my shop with a copy of his new book. We talked a little about the self publishing difficulty and the shocking cost of getting a book out in the public. Once you commit to writing a book you want as many people to see it as possible, so you bite the bullet and you pay the price and you hope people who want to read it will pay a little more for a book they want to read than a mass market book. Currently there are two versions of the book available, a hard cover for $75 as well as a softback for $25 with all proceeds from the book to go to the restoration of Saint Matthews Church.
I just got my copy today, so I can’t tell you what it is about, I hope to get a little time over the holidays here to crack it open and enjoy it. I did however get to recently chat with someone who did read it, or at least a large part of it based on the conversation we had. I’ll be honest, the Catholic church has been discouraging to me in recent years. For me personally it started with the Archdiocese closing my beloved high school Archbishop Kennedy the year after I graduated and in more recent years scandal after scandal showing up in the national and sometimes world news. The person who was telling me a little about it before I saw Father Heron today didn’t exactly share my point of view, but thought someone like me would enjoy this book, saying something along the lines of, it might help refocus on the positive aspect of not only the Catholic church but religion as well. They said that Father Heron’s sense of humor comes through as well as a sense of renewal. I think one of the words I heard was uplifting, and if that is the case, maybe we all need to read it with all the scary stuff that is currently taking place in the world.
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I believe books are available at the church, maybe the rectory.