If you are looking for a last minute stocking filler for the thinking person in your life, can I recommend Let us Dream: a Path to a Better Future by Pope Francis. This is a very readable discussion of some of the problems facing us today: Covid, refugees, climate change, arms race, women in the church and others. As you can tell from the title, it not only analyses the present crisis but offers guidance and hope for the future following themes from two recent papal documents Fratelli Tutti and Laudato Si’. The book came out of a discussion between the Pope and Austen Ivereigh.
Parishioners may remember Austen’s visit to the parish some years ago to promote his earlier biography of the Pope. A slim book, but it has many profound thoughts.