on 9 November 2014
I discovered the book years ago and, having just found and read it again, I remain very moved by it. It clearly and honestly depicts (without unnecessary detail) the lifelong journey of a Catholic Priest to be faithful to the vows made at his Ordination and to the Teachings of the Church. The Author pulls no punches, uses no 'whitewash' as he chronicles Father Fermoyle's effort (at times struggle) to overcome the obstacles which anyone of us, Priest or Layman, faces in trying to cooperate with God's Grace. Fermoyle's responses to the challenges that life involves shows, not only his humanity but his recogntion that to live a virtuous life requires constant recourse to God's help. The Priesthood is not an automatic 'fix', guaranteeing perfection. He is compassionate to those who fall from Grace but, out of love for his flock, will never compromise/bend the Truth. This, at times, harrowing novel has a golden thread of hope running through it. Well worth reading!
on 24 October 2014
This is my all time favourite book, which cleverly contrasts fiction with history to give a rounded view of the world through the eyes of Stephen Fermoyle, a Roman Catholic Priest, Bishop, Archbishop and Cardinal.
If definitely recommend people read it.