Ignatius Press

Anxious times call for calm measures  

New book from renowned priest encourages its readers to “Keep Calm and Carry On”

SAN FRANCISCO – It is no secret that there are many occurrences happening in our world today that could cause one to be anxious. However, we are instructed to “have no anxiety at all” (Philippians 4:6). Popular priest, writer and TV host Father George William Rutler provides wisdom for uncertain times in his prophetic and witty new book, CALM IN CHAOS: Catholic Wisdom for Anxious Times.

CALM IN CHAOS is a collection of essays written by Rutler that addresses our current causes of anxiety and our never-changing, ever-new reasons for hope. He writes about some of the most pressing issues and controversial figures of our day, including President Donald Trump, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis, abortion, the 2017 presidential election, terrorism, Catholic education, politics and Islam. The essays are neither pessimistic nor optimistic, because they are infused with the confidence that God grants us his peace, and no earthly circumstance can take that away.

Rutler provides a treasure trove of valuable life lessons. He explores how confusion in the Church and chaos in Western societies need to be viewed with a historical perspective that is greatly lacking in today’s discussions. He says that the gremlin that haunts our times is ignorance and a failure to recall and understand the trials of the past.

“Fr. Rutler endeavors to delight as well as instruct, and he manages both beautifully,” says Roger Kimball, editor and publisher of the New Criterion. “This book is a treat. Its deep wisdom transfigures its pleasures into uplifting lessons.”

For more information, to request a review copy, or to schedule an interview with Fr. George Rutler, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or [email protected]) of Carmel Communications.