A new book which will serve as a source of deeper reflection for Catholics and to raise funds for the Roseau Cathedral renovation has been penned by the Bishop of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire.
The book entitled “A Decade of Grace” is really a collection of homilies, messages and teachings delivered by the bishop on issues of the Catholic faith during ten years of ministry in the Diocese of Roseau.
Most of them were delivered at major celebrations presided over by him over the years.
“The collection is meant to serve as a source of deeper reflection for those who have heard them and a teaching tool for those who will be perusing them for the first time,” he said in explaining the purpose of the book.
He said he hopes those who read it will find a source of faith nourishment. ” It is my hope that those who read this piece of literature – clergy, religious and faithful, both here in the diocese beyond – will find in it some food for faith nourishment, points of challenge towards deeper commitment and therefore an impetus for Christian action,” he pointed out.
He said further, “You will find in the text a variety of approaches to common liturgical and national themes and at the same time a theological depth that will hopefully enhance faith.”
The bishop said the book, in its present form, did not begin with such in mind but is the end result of many factors. First of all Bishop Malzaire said he wanted to preserve certain aspects of the faith preached in the homilies. “Secondly, the encouragements of my congregations and audiences over the past ten years,” he noted. “Thirdly and more immediately it seemed a fitting means to celebrate the first decade of my episcopal ministry in the Diocese of Roseau.”
He also said that urgent fundraising needed for the restoration and renovation of the Roseau Cathedral was a motivation for the publication.
The book consists of 12 sections, 43 chapters and 257 pages.
It can be purchased at the Bishop’s Chancery Office in Roseau and all Catholic parish offices on the island for $65.