Your days should be numbered
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Author tells how the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar provided a spiritual renewal
SAN FRANCISCO – Chene Heady was a devout Catholic whose daily concerns were shaped primarily by forces other than his faith: career demands as a college professor, financial decisions, scheduling conflicts, etc. He worked long hours, and had limited regular interaction with his wife, also a busy professional, and young daughter. He was the typical overextended and anonymous modern Catholic man — until he tried a fascinating experiment that drastically rearranged his life, which he chronicles in his encouragingly honest memoir, NUMBERING MY DAYS: How the Liturgical Calendar Rearranged My Life.
After reading about the importance of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year, Heady decided to take on the challenge of living as though the Church’s calendar, not the secular one, stood as the center of his life. He observed the Church’s seasons and feasts, and meditated on its daily readings, every day for a year. It was an immensely rewarding decision, as Heady found that his life, and his relationships, including with his wife and daughter, became more meaningful and fruitful.
One of the myriad ailments afflicting the modern world is the loss of the sense of the sacredness of time, a deafness to the rhythms that accentuate a truly Catholic life. Heady provides the antidote in NUMBERING MY DAYS, and describes how the liturgy is our universal story and alters our imperfect existence, even when we believe we’re stretched thin and feel as though our lives are devoid of meaning.
“Through engaging personal stories, Chene Heady shows just how much it will change your life to center your days on the liturgical calendar,” says Jennifer Fulwiler, author of Something Other Than God. “Highly recommended!”
For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Chene Heady, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.