Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin (1943-2014) was a beloved storyteller with an unforgettable sense of humor. In her final book, The Best Is Yet to Come, Smollin–the author of five books, a gifted motivational speaker, and a trusted counselor–warmly encourages readers to live each moment fully, to discover the sacred in the ordinary, and to remember that the best is yet to come, affirming Christian hope.
In what was to be the last chapter of the book, Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin wanted to tell the story of a woman who wanted to be buried with a fork in her hand. The woman told her husband that at the many potluck church dinners she attended, she was always told to hold onto her fork after the main dish because there was still one more course–dessert. The best was yet to come!
Sr. Anne possessed an uncanny gift to inject new life into familiar words and simple lessons such as “life is a precious gift,” “don’t take yourself too seriously,” and “little things mean a lot.” She reminds us in her final work that no matter how difficult some moments in life can be, the best is yet to come.
In the tradition of her popular books Tickle Your Soul and Live, Laugh, and Be Blessed, Sr. Anne’s down-to-earth wisdom and warm sense of humor once again break through the mundane routine of life, inviting you to wake up and take a fresh look around. Twenty-seven brief chapters will take you on a delightful tour through topics such as keeping perspective, living in the present moment, seeing the connections, and appreciating the past.
The sexual abuse scandal has gripped the Catholic Church for the past thirty years, and continues to wreak havoc even today.
It’s been a diabolical masterpiece, one that has compromised the work of the Church in every way and has left countless lives in ruin.
Many Catholics are understandably asking, “Why should I stay? Why not abandon this sinking ship before it drags me or my children under?”
In this stirring manifesto, Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, explains why this is not the time to leave, but the time to stay and fight.
Reading the current crisis through the lenses of Scripture and Church history, Bishop Barron shows that we have faced such egregious scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by holy men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path forward for us today.
For Catholics questioning their faith, searching desperately for encouragement and hope, this book will offer reasons to stay and fight for the Body of Christ.