The Ordinary Path to Holiness

The Ordinary Path to Holiness

by R. Thomas Richard
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The Ordinary Path to Holiness by R. Thomas Richard

How does a human person "grow" spiritually? How do we "work out our salvation"? What are we to expect, and anticipate, on this journey of searching for, and finding, and following our Lord? This is our path, our pilgrimage - how important it is to have a guide!

This book re-presents in a new way the guide of traditional Catholic spirituality, tested and proven in the crucible of holy saints, over many centuries. The human soul develops, and grows, in a similar way to other aspects of a human person: we grow physically, we grow emotionally, we grow intellectually in stages. So also, our spiritual life develops in stages, three stages: the beginning, or purgative stage; the proficient, or illuminative stage; the perfect, or unitive stage. Understanding this traditional Catholic spirituality will give the reader powerful insights into his or her personal joumey and pilgrimage!

After reading this, you may well exclaim, "Why isn't this taught in every parish in America? Why haven't I heard this before?" The strange answer may be that this traditional Catholic wisdom is receding into obscurity in our times, respected and passed on by a few, but largely unknown or ignored by many. This tradition of the three ways needs to be rediscovered in the Church today!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012316660
Publisher: Fidelis Presentations
Publication date: 03/26/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

R. Thomas Richard, Ph.D., has earned degrees in ministry and theology, as well as in physics. He has taught at the college and high school levels, has served as a Protestant pastor, and in missionary work among migrant farmworkers. After returning to the Catholic Church and earning a graduate degree in Catholic theology and ministry, he began work in religious education and especially the faith formation of adults. He is author of The Interior Liturgy of the Our Father, and serves the Church today with his wife Deborah in adult formation.

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