Faith, Love, and Mercy

Faith, Love, and Mercy

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Faith, Love, and Mercy is a selection from the weekly homilies of noted moral theologian and pastor Fr. Richard Roach SJ, who retired from university teaching to lead a small island parish in his last decade. His theologically rigorous yet accessible writing reflects decades-long contemplation on the significance of Catholic identity in our modern era. Combining deep-rooted wisdom with vigorous prose, the homilies prompt the reader's own reflection on what it is to live the faith daily in a distracting and uncomprehending world. Prominent themes include God's merciful love, differences between Catholicism and Protestantism, spiritual temptations in the contemporary culture, the sources of authority, faith and reason, the Real Presence, secular ideologies and anti-Catholicism, humility, redemptive suffering, the true meaning of repentance, perseverance, and providence.

Over a long ministry devoted to the Jesuit ideal, Fr. Roach strengthened or awakened the faith of many. It is also hoped that this book—combining theological vision with pastoral concern—occasions serious meditation on one's own journey with God. Recommended as a helpful source for students, scholars, clergy, and laypersons interested in Catholic doctrine, homiletics, and liturgy.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610971867
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard R. Roach, SJ (1934-2008), taught Moral Theology at Marquette University for many years. He retired to his native Seattle in his last decade as Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish.



Peter Weigel is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington College in Maryland. He is the author of Aquinas on Divine Simplicity (2008) and editor of other works.

Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Ely vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Part I Select Solemnities, Feasts, and Special Days

1 First Sunday of Advent 3

2 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 10

3 Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Mass of Christ) 15

4 The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God; The Giving of the Name Jesus 21

5 The Epiphany of the Lord Father 32

6 Baptism of the Lord 41

7 Annunciation of the Lord 50

8 Ash Wednesday 56

9 Palm Sunday of Our Lord's Passion 63

10 The Lords Supper (Holy Thursday) 71

11 Good Friday 77

12 Easter 82

13 Second Sunday of Easter: Divine Mercy Sunday 87

14 Solemnity of the Ascension 94

15 Pentecost 100

16 Holy Trinity Sunday 111

17 Solemnity of the Transfiguration 122

18 The Solemnity of the Assumption 127

19 All Saints Day and All Souls Day 133

20 All Saints Day 137

21 All Souls Day 140

22 The Solemnity of Christ the King 146

Part II Select Thematic Homilies

23 Catholic Ecclesiology and Authority 155

24 Eucharist and the Lamb of God 163

25 Faith and Reason 172

26 On Anti-Catholicism and Some Modern Ideologies 180

27 Vanity, Humility, and Contemporary Gnosticism 192

28 The Humility of the Cross 202

29 Loving One Another 207

30 Perseverance 214

31 Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life 224

32 We Are All in God's Hands 231

Bibliography 233

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"Richard could be described by three passions: his Catholic Faith, Jesuit vocation, and role as a teacher. These homilies are a wonderful synthesis of those passions expressed in his love for the people of St. John Vianney Parish on Vashon Island as a pastor, a father."

—Rees W. Doughty, Pastor, St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Cornwall on Hudson, NY



"Father Roach's Homilies for Catholic Life are much more than that. They are startlingly expressed, scripturally focused, doctrinally sound theological essays on the mysteries of the Catholic faith. They engage the mind and elicit wonder. I tried to read quickly but was quite simply unable, for I repeatedly found myself far too intrigued to skim. Profound but accessible, these reflections offer a signal service to priests searching for something substantive to help them prepare their own homilies."

—Peter F. Ryan, S.J., Executive Director, Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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