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Mar 04, 2014 | ISBN 9780307720528

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“Clarity, intelligence, passion and elegance – these are the marks of a writer in top form, and Father Barron brings all these gifts to bear in this extraordinary reflection on the Catholic faith. If you read one book this year on what Catholics believe and why, this is the book to read – and to share with others.” –Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap, Archbishop of Philadelphia

“Father Robert Barron’s Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith takes a path less traveled in leading us to explore the faith through stories, biographies, and images. In these pages, we meet the “Word made Flesh” not only in theological formulations, but also in saints and poets, cathedrals and chants, priests and prophets. What makes Catholicism so compelling are the ways in which Father Barron shows how the Incarnation goes on in the true, the good, and the beautiful.” – Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
Catholicism is one of the most significant efforts ever to advance what Pope John Paul II called ‘The New Evangelization.’” –George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning
“Prepare yourself for an entrancing tour of the many facets of Catholicism.  From Her art to Her architecture, Her theological riches, to the inspired personalities that have filled Her pews, the Catholic Church is laid bare by a priest who is more than up to the task. Like the Faith it seeks to capture, it is a journey that will leave you full – and then hungering for more.” –Raymond Arroyo, New York Times Bestselling Author of Mother Angelica and host of EWTN’s The World Over Live
“Father Robert Barron is a brilliant academic, a popular writer, a seeker and a seer. In Catholicism he illuminates truths that have the power to set us free. It will be a benchmark book for years to come.” –Michael Leach, author of Why Stay Catholic?
“When Father Barron is talking, I can’t stop listening. Whatever he writes, I can’t put down unfinished. He loves the people he addresses. He writes about what matters to us. To read him is to be loved in word after word. In these pages, heart speaks to heart.” –Mike Aquilina, co-author of The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition

“Father Robert Barron’s great gift is to wed intellectual depth with clarity and vividness of expression. His Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith is a superb exploration of the Catholic vision that seamlessly unites theological reflection and masterpieces of architecture and art. The story he tells comes truly alive in his portraits of concrete men and women who, in every age, have lived the journey of faith to the full. –”Rev. Robert Imbelli is Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College

Author Q&A

1. Do you have any unusual writing practices? 

I wrote “Catholicism” during a three-month stay at the North American College in Rome.  I worked on the book every morning for about five hours.  When I write, I like to stop and look out the window frequently.  It’s a slow, meditative process for me. Then, I take short breaks.  At the NAC, I’d grab a small, high-powered rubber ball, and bounce it off the walls and catch it over and over.  At the Word On Fire headquarters, I often grab my pitching wedge and hit plastic golf balls across the room.

2. What are your favorite recreational activities?

I’m an avid golfer and play whenever I can.  I’m always trying to improve! I also play the guitar every day.  I enjoy Bob Dylan’s music, which has had a big impact on me. 

3.  What was your favorite subject in school?

History in grade school.  Philosophy in high school and beyond. 
4.  Who has influenced your life the most?

Thomas Aquinas. His Arguments for God’s Existence set me on the path to the priesthood. And my Father.  He really shaped me as a human being more than anyone.

5. Do you have a favorite scripture passage? 
The Road to Emmaus. Luke: 24 

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