Thank God Ahead of Time: The Life and Spirituality of Solanus Casey






Michael Crosby, O.F.M. Cap. — Book 282 pgs.
Publisher: Franciscan Press (2009)
ISBN: 9780867169195

Biography:

MICHAEL CROSBY, O.F.M. CAP., lived in community with other friars in a downtown Milwaukee parish that serves the urban poor, homeless and marginalized. Until his death in 2017, he worked tirelessly to develop a spirituality of discipleship for U.S. and other “First World” Catholics, primarily through corporate reform and church reform. Visit his Web site www.MichaelCrosby.net.

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“Solanus Casey would never have considered himself a mystic but, paradoxically, his very insights about atheism point to his being so. Furthermore, he was not only a mystic, but a mystic in action: one who combined in himself the contemplative and active dimensions of the God-experience in such a way that he became a Christ-figure for many people.”—From Chapter Nine

Michael Crosby gives us an inspiring and insightful story of one person’s unswerving faith in God’s abiding presence throughout the universe. Solanus Casey, the first man born in America to be declared venerable, was a quiet man devoted to service, simplicity, and Franciscan fellowship.

“For Solanus,” Crosby writes, “knowing God demanded a threefold response: appreciation, love, and service. Solanus wrote that everyone’s ‘purpose as a rational creature is to recognize and to know his Creator, so as to be able, intelligently to love him, confidently to hope in him, and gratefully to serve him.’”

Besides the gift of healing which brought happiness to many, Solanus Casey also used his gift of prophecy to encourage and challenge and to bring back hope to others. But the humble Capuchin’s greatest gift was charity—charity that not only characterized his happy relationship with God but that overflowed in the warm, caring, fraternal and even humorous way he related to his neighbor.

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