Synopses & Reviews
What I propose to do in this audiobook is to take you on a guided exploration of the Catholic world, but not in the manner of a docent, for I am not interested in showing you the artifacts of Catholicism as though they were dusty objets dart in a museum of culture. I want to function rather as a mystagogue, conducting you ever deeper into the mystery of the incarnation in the hopes that you might be transformed by its power.” —Fr. Robert Barron What is Catholicism? A 2,000-year-old living tradition? A worldview? A way of life? A relationship? A mystery? In Catholicism Fr. Robert Barron examines all these questions and more, seeking to capture the body, heart, and mind of the Catholic faith. Starting from the essential foundation of Jesus Christs incarnation, life, and teaching, Father Barron moves through the defining elements of Catholicism— from sacraments, worship, and prayer, to Mary, the apostles, and saints, to grace, salvation, heaven, and hell—using his distinct grasp of art, literature, architecture, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy, and history to present the Church to the world. Paired with his documentary film series of the same title, Catholicism is an intimate journey, capturing The Catholic Thing” in all its depth and beauty. Eclectic and inspiring, Fr. Barron brings the faith to life for a new generation, in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths and simultaneously speaks in the language of contemporary life.
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 Barrons 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
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: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles and host of EWTN's The World Over Live
About the Author
FR. ROBERT BARRON is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian, and the founder of the international media ministry Word On Fire. Through television, radio, podcasts, his blog, and YouTube videos he pursues the simple but revolutionary mission of evangelizing the culture. Additionally, Fr. Barron is the Francis Cardinal George Chair of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary, and the creator and host of Catholicism, a groundbreaking ten-part documentary series and study program about the Catholic faith.