This hard-hitting yet entertaining book argues that the Catholic Church offers (or is supposed to offer) three things we all need:
- A mission worthy of our lives. Such a mission, the author argues, is what everyone — especially our young people — are looking for, and the Church has a great mission to offer anyone willing to accept it. It is none other than the mission of Jesus of Nazareth, to bring about the kingdom of God "on earth as it is in heaven."
- A ritual or liturgy to celebrate and send us forth on that mission. It is called "the Mass," which comes from the Latin words for the Dismal: Ite, Missa Est. Loosely translated, this mean "Go, you are sent out into the world — on your jobs, with your families, and in your community and civic affairs to carry out the mission of the Lord Jesus."
- A spirituality to sustain us in this mission. That spirituality is the spirituality of work, a spirituality that is based not so much on getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life as it is on raising our awareness of the presence of God in the midst of that very hustle and bustle and allowing that awareness to change how we act.
Each chapter ends with a series of provocative questions for reflection and discussion and a short parable or story that captures the essence of the topic.