“Faith Stories”: A New View of the Church Seen Through the Eyes of a Lifelong Catholic

Posted on February 22, 2013 by Bobby Bernshausen | 0 Comments

“Faith Stories of One Good Catholic Girl”, by Diana Milesko, provides a wry and thoughtful rendering of what it's like to be Catholic today.   It moves from the author's sometimes amusing experiences as a young Catholic, through frustration and disappointment with Church hierarchy, to a thoughtful look at the challenges and possibilities in the Church.   Anecdotes from her childhood in Chicago, IL and Carbondale, PA reveal how faith grows in the embrace and care of others, and from stories about one's ancestors, family, and God.   Readers will relate to droll accounts of hanging tinsel on the Christmas tree; and be enlightened by compelling stories such as how, after a TWA airplane fell on her teenage boyfriend's house in Chicago in 1959, she coped with guilt about attending his funeral in a Protestant Church.   Ms. Milesko examines teachings about statues, indulgences and other accoutrements, and delivers a fascinating account of how the Catholic Church became an absolute monarchy accountable to no one. She treats contemporary scandals with compassion and honesty, and notes that a renewed Church must be inclusive and transparent in all of its dealings.   A thought provoking tale that is ultimately satisfying, this stimulating book gives readers insight, comfort and hope. It offers possibilities for Catholics in the 21st century and inspires readers to find the true meaning of spirituality.   Diana Milesko earned her bachelors degree at the University of Illinois, masters at Loyola University Chicago, and doctorate at Global Ministries University. A Catholic all her life, she has been a Church cantor, communion minister, and organist in several states.   Faith Stories of One Good Catholic Girl is available in softcover (ISBN 978-1-62137-197-7) and eBook (ISBN 978-1-62137-198-4) from Virtualbookworm.com, Amazon.com, and Barnesandnoble.com. This book can also be ordered from most bookstores around the United States and United Kingdom. More information can be found at the author’s website, dianamilesko.com.

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