One Ordinary Sunday: A Meditation on the Mystery of the Mass (Ave Maria Press, March 2016) is set in Paula Huston’s home parish on the Central Coast of California, a land of ranches and broccoli fields and vineyards by the sea, on an actual Sunday in 2014. The first half of the book, “The Story,” devotes a chapter to each element of the Liturgy of the Word, paying particular attention to the Jewish roots of Catholic practice. The second half, “The Sacrament,” focuses on the Gospel vision of reality that undergirds the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The history and theology of the Mass are interwoven with Huston’s own spiritual memoir, along with her personal reflections on what unfolds during this particular Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Though the primary audience for this book is Catholic–whether longtime Catholics who have questions about the central practices of their faith, Catholics who are new to the Church and still somewhat baffled about the rituals of worship, or Catholics who have left the Church behind but still feel like part of the family–One Ordinary Sunday extends a warm invitation to anyone who is drawn to the mysterious beauty of the sacramental life and would like to know more about Catholicism from the inside.