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Radical gratitude
Leddy, Mary Jo.
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Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, [2002]

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ix, 182 pages ; 24 cm
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Mary Jo Leddy's latest book is a meditation on the miracle of the everyday and a guide to discovering what is most real in oneself. That process leads to "radical gratitude" that allows the spirit to soar and experience a great paradox. The freer one becomes, the more one appreciates the earthy things that give true joy and become the path to greater authenticity. For Leddy, ever the wise spiritual director, the path to that authenticity and gratitude also becomes the path to a deeper relationship with the God of ordinary grace. Ever aware of the way zealots morale about changing the world, while themselves being slaves of anger and the need for external order to compensate for an inner void, Leddy unfolds the Christian life as a Way of responding to ordinary grace that in time will make an extraordinary difference. "In radical gratitude, " she notes, "the vicious dissatisfaction with life is broken. We begin to recognize what we have rather than what we don't ... we awaken to another way of being, another kind of economy, the great economy of grace in which each person is of infinite value and worth."

Author Notes

Mary Jo Leddy is a writer who teaches theology at Regis College. For the last twelve years she has lived and worked with refugees in the Romero House Community in Toronto

Table of Contents

1. Beginningsp. 1
2. Perpetual Dissatisfactionp. 14
What Drives Us?p. 18
The Culture of Moneyp. 19
The Captivity of Cravingp. 21
Culturally Induced Dissatisfactionp. 23
A Deeper Dissatisfactionp. 25
A Wider Dissatisfactionp. 27
Partial Liberationsp. 29
Captivity Then and Nowp. 32
3. Radical Gratitudep. 38
Stories of Gratitudep. 41
My Beginningp. 41
Beginning Again, Out of the Great Bluep. 42
Christopherp. 44
Overwhelming Goodness on September 11p. 44
A Preference for Beingp. 46
The Sun and Povertyp. 46
Room Enough for Gratitudep. 47
Someone to Thankp. 48
The Multiplication of Moneyp. 49
The Dynamics of Gratitudep. 50
Beyond Dissatisfactionp. 52
The Great Economy of Gracep. 55
Ingratitudep. 59
Loving God for Nothingp. 61
Eucharistp. 63
Giving Ourselves Awayp. 65
Jesus, the Example of Radical Gratitudep. 68
Acting on Gratitudep. 69
4. Creative Powerp. 71
The Craving for Powerp. 73
Power and Controlling Interestp. 76
Powerlessness Corruptsp. 79
Dreams Deferredp. 81
The Resentment of Powerlessnessp. 82
Powerlessness and Violencep. 83
The Enchantment of Powerlessnessp. 84
The Innocence of Victimsp. 85
The Organization of Powerlessnessp. 87
Relational Powerp. 89
The Omnipotence of Godp. 93
Real Powerlessness and Radical Powerlessnessp. 96
The Power of Jesusp. 97
The Power of Christian Communityp. 100
5. The Point of Our Beingp. 104
Episodic Meaningp. 105
Lifelines from the Pastp. 107
The Myth of Progressp. 109
From Better to Morep. 112
The Empire of Morep. 113
Without a Vision the People Perishp. 116
Political Ways of Coping with a Loss of Visionp. 120
The Future and Class Timep. 124
Imperial Ideologiesp. 126
The Need for Enemiesp. 128
Living with Purposep. 132
Jesus and the Point of His Beingp. 139
6. Living with Spiritp. 142
1. Begin before You Are Readyp. 144
2. Practice Gratitudep. 145
3. Gather with Like-Spirited Peoplep. 152
4. Live More Simplyp. 156
5. Look for Good Examplesp. 159
6. Think with the Mind of Your Heartp. 162
7. See from the Center and the Edgep. 165
8. Be Connected to a Longer Tradition, a Wider Communityp. 165
9. Find a Beloved Communityp. 168
10. Contemplate the Face of the Worldp. 170
Acknowledgmentsp. 174
Notes on Sources and Recommended Readingsp. 175