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What Can a Catholic Chinese Diplomat Teach the Modern World?

Carmel Communications
Sept. 19, 2023
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19, 2023 /Christian Newswire/ -- If Lu Zhengxiang's story was solely about his role as Chinese diplomat who converted to Catholicism and then became a Benedictine monk, that alone would be worth a book, as editor Joshua R. Brown notes in the introduction of WAYS OF CONFUCIUS AND OF CHRIST: FROM PRIME MINISTER OF CHINA TO BENEDICTINE MONK (Ignatius Press 2023). Yet Lu's story is so much more, born out of hardships during his experience of the German occupation of Belgium during World War II.
WAYS OF CONFUCIUS AND OF CHRIST seeks to give readers hope and encouragement as they go through their own sufferings.
Through the tumultuous late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Lu Zhengxiang -- a devoted disciple of both Confucius and Christ -- served his native China as a leading diplomat and statesman for more than thirty years. He entered the Catholic Church in 1911 and became a Benedictine monk in 1927. He began to tell his story to brother monks in 1942, which eventually turned into WAYS OF CONFUCIUS AND OF CHRIST.

With an introduction and note section by Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor of theology at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, WAYS OF CONFUCIUS AND OF CHRIST tells the extraordinary story of Lu's life and reveals how he sought to transmit the fruits of the religious life to his fellow countrymen, believing that Catholicism was the fulfillment of Confucius' teachings.

"Joshua Brown's inspiring introduction is alone worth the price of the book," said Matthew Levering, James N. Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary. "Working and praying for the future of the Church in China is incumbent upon every Catholic. This book is the place to start, because Lu Zhengxiang's extraordinary stories make manifest the terrible cost of Western imperialism vis-à-vis China, the richness of what Lu calls the Confucianist spirit, and the treasures that attract converts to Catholicism, which must be sustained today."

For more information, to request a review copy, or to schedule an interview with Joshua Brown, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.

SOURCE Carmel Communications

CONTACT: Kevin Wandra, 404-788-1276, KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com