From emergency field hospitals treating victims of the coronavirus to rioters clashing in front of department stores, from attacks on churches to the collapse of the twin towers on 9/11, Fr. George Rutler has seen it all during his decades as a parish priest in Manhattan.
In his latest collection of essays, “Our Peculiar Times: Catholic Wisdom for Times of Crisis,” available this month from Sophia Institute Press, Rutler mines these experiences with his trademark wit and wisdom, unearthing for his readers rare insights into the present time of eerie, fast-moving social change that is increasingly resembling some of the darkest periods of history.
As the moral structure of the West continues to crumble, a profound lack of awareness as to the danger that is unfolding persists. Mired in widespread ignorance of history and loss of supernatural faith, society lurches forward in blindness, unable to perceive or imagine what lies in store on the other side.
In “Our Peculiar Times,” Rutler dives into history to place the events of today into a balanced perspective and provide readers with moral applications that enable them to see, understand and navigate the current circumstances. This book is a must-read for those who seek to rouse their fellow Americans from their slumber and persuade them back to faith, hope, charity, and courage.
Known internationally for his programs on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), including “Christ in the City” and “The Parables of Christ,” Rutler holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Oxford. He is the author of 32 books, including the acclaimed collection “A Year with Fr. Rutler” published by Sophia Institute Press. Since 2013, he has been the pastor of the Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Hell’s Kitchen on New York’s west side.