Catholic Book Discussion Group

West Virginia is one of the oldest states in the nation based on recent US Census Data. Therefore, death, dying and care-giving often play a critical role in our daily experiences. This book was selected with these issues in mind.

Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring


Henri Nouwen

Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring by Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) is the fall selection for the Catholic Book Discussion Group on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Family Life Center on Quarrier Street.

Henri Nouwen, one of the best-loved spiritual writers of our time, takes a moving, personal look at human mortality. In this book, he shares his own experiences with aging, loss, grief, and fear, by gently and eloquently revealing the gifts that the living and dying can give to one another.

The book is contains six divisions: (1) Prologue-Befriending Death, (2) An Introduction-Grace Hidden in Powerlessness, (3)  Part One-Dying Well, (4) Part Two-Caring Well, (5) Conclusion-The Grace of Resurrection, and (6) Epilogue-Death: A Loss and a Gift.

The book is 109 pages and published by Harper One (ISBN 978-0-06-180026-9). Copies are available through local or internet bookstores.
August 31, September 7 and 14, 2014, participants will be given the opportunity to place pre-paid orders through the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral Gift Shop.  Information about the cost of the book will be available in the Sunday Bulletin.


For additional information or to preregister, contact Bob Harrison, the Catholic Book Discussion Group Facilitator, at 304-343-2647 or