THE ESSENTIALS OF CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY:
Living and Breathing our Faith
Author: Rev. Joseph F. Classen
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What are the essentials of Roman Catholic doctrine and spirituality? This work takes a detailed look at the most relevant facets and dynamics of such subjects as liturgy, the Mass, prayer, the saints, angels, demons, the Blessed Mother, the Church calendar, the liturgical seasons, apparitions, the supernatural, the "faith and works" argument, the specifics of spiritual warfare, sacramentals, indulgences, and much, much more. What is just as important, the author writes in much the same way as Jesus taught: using images and examples that everyone is familiar with. And he does so in a manner that is straightforward, exceptionally down-to-earth, thought provoking, educational and genuinely enjoyable. Very simply, the topics and approach of this book are aimed at today's generation of Catholics who, unfortunately are plagued with a lack of knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their faith. And he does so with the hope that his readers will not just gain a better knowledge of their faith but will be able to put this information into practice in order to live and breathe it.
About the Author: Father Joseph F. Classen was ordained to the priesthood in 2003 and served in the Archdiocese of St. Louis prior to his present assignment in Kodiak, Alaska. Along with his priestly ministry, Fr. Classen is an accomplished and passionate outdoorsman, which was the inspiration for his first book, Hunting for God, Fishing for the Lord: Encountering the Sacred in the Great Outdoors. He picked up a similar theme in two other popular works: Tracking Virtue, Conquering Vice: A Guide for Spiritual Survival and Meat and Potatoes Catholicism, all published by Our Sunday Visitor. He has made numerous TV and radio appearances, has been a part of an instructional Catholic DVD series, hosted a weekly radio show and has given numerous retreats and speaking engagements which have focused on evangelization and fundamental Catholic catechesis.