The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics

The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics

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The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics by Donald Wuerl, Mike Aquilina

Every day is a holiday in the Catholic Church. In their latest collaboration, Cardinal Wuerl and Mike Aquilina examine the history and traditions behind both favorite and forgotten holidays, from Christmas to Easter, from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity to the Feast of the Holy Angels

Catholic faith is festive, and the Catholic faithful count their days by celebrating the mysteries of Jesus’ life. There is a message to be found in the passing of days, weeks, and seasons. Through the feasts, ordinary Christians learn the life of Christ, share it, and come to imitate it.
 
This book continues the work the authors began in their books The Mass and The Church, exploring the meaning and purpose of the most basic and beloved aspects of Catholic life. Each chapter uncovers the biblical origins and development of one of the great feasts or fasts — Advent, Epiphany, the Holy Angels, all the Marian feasts, and even this very day. The calendar can be a catechism for Catholics who know how to live it.

“The feasts form us,” write the authors, “They help to make us and remake us according to the pattern of the life of Jesus Christ. We number our days as we walk in his footsteps, from his birth to his baptism, from his passion to his resurrection, from his Ascension to his sending of the Spirit to make us saints. We do this faithfully every year, and it defines us as who we are.”
 
“Cardinal Wuerl and Aquilina show us the transformative spiritual power in the Church’s original and most ancient feasts. This is a book to be prayed with and meditated on. Because when we understand the meaning of the Church’s liturgical feasts, we know better the great dignity and destiny we have as children of God.”
- Most Reverend José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804139939
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

CARDINAL DONALD WUERL is the archbishop of Washington, D.C., and the author of The Catholic Way and New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today.
 
MIKE AQUILINA is the author of more than 20 books, including Angels of God and Fathers of the Church. He appears regularly on EWTN.

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