Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
By Robert Barron
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In Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, Bishop Barron seeks to capture the body, heart and mind of the Catholic faith.   Starting from the essential foundation of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, life, and teaching, Bishop 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 and dynamic 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, unique, and inspiring, Bishop Barron brings the faith to life for a new generation, in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths, while simultaneously speaking in the language of contemporary life.

About the book, Bishop Barron says, “What I propose to do in this book 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 d’art 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.”

The praise for the book is phenomenal: 


“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 Barron’s 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 and host of EWTN's The World Over Live

“When Father Barron is talking, I can't stop listening. Whatever he writes, I can't put down unfinished. He loves the people he addresses. He writes about what matters to us. To read him is to be loved in word after word. In these pages, heart speaks to heart.” 
–Mike Aquilina, co-author of The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition

“Father Robert Barron’s great gift is to wed intellectual depth with clarity and vividness of expression. His Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith is a superb exploration of the Catholic vision that seamlessly unites theological reflection and masterpieces of architecture and art. The story he tells comes truly alive in his portraits of concrete men and women who, in every age, have lived the journey of faith to the full."
--Rev. Robert Imbelli is Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College

Publisher: Image
Page Count: 304
ISBN: 978-0307720528
Publication Date: September 6, 2011

Author: Robert Barron
ISBN: 978-0-307-72052-8
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 304
Publisher: Image

Language: English
Release Date: 2011-09-06

Contents



FOREWORD 
IX


INTRODUCTION
XIII



SIN AND MERCY


1

God Joins Our Dysfunctional Family


Extreme Demands, Extreme Mercy


Evangelizing on the Road to Emmaus


Revisiting Spiritual Warfare


Seeing Political Corruption with Biblical Eyes


Wise Words from the Bishop of Rome Concerning the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal


René Girard, Church Father


The Field Hospital Is Open


The Parable of the Talents


Pope Benedict and the Logic of Gratuity


Pope Francis and True Mercy


The iPhone App and the Return to Confession


The Revolutionary Message of Palm Sunday.


REASON AND FAITH
89


The Indecipherable Writing of Thomas Aquinas 


The Myth of the War between Science and Religion.


Playing at Atheism

Why the Sciences Will Never Disprove the Existence of God 

Woody Allen's Bleak Vision


What Faith Is and What It Isn't

Why I Love My Invisible Friend


What Makes the Church Grow?


Does Religion Really Have A "Smart-People Problem"?

America Needs You, Thomas Aquinas 

Revisiting the Argument from Motion


Revisiting the Argument from Desire


Einstein and God


Pope Benedict and How to Read the Bible


Preaching the Strange Word

The Genesis Problem


Mother Nature Is One Unreliable Lady


Laudato Si' and Romano Guardini


The Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas Merton's Birth


The Pope, the Congress, and a Trappist Monk


Ross Douthat and the Catholic Academy


John Henry Newman at the Synod on the Family


A Lion of the American Church:

Thoughts on the Passing of Cardinal George


Priests, Prophets, Kings


MATTER AND SPIRIT

135

St. John's Christmas Sermon

Why You Need Spiritual Food


Bruce Jenner, the "Shadow Council," and St. Irenaeus


A Case for Celibacy by Priests


Why Jesus and Religion Are Like Two Peas in a Pod. What Easter Means


The Startlingly Good News of the Resurrection


Why the Ascension of the Lord Matters


FREEDOM AND DISCIPLINE 171

What Is Our Fundamental Problem?


Dietrich von Hildebrand and Our Relativistic Age


Pope Benedict XVI Among the Germans


The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity


Your Life Does Not Belong to You


Why Goodness Depends on God


The Tiny Whispering Sound


St. Irenaeus and the God Who Doesn't Need Us


The Glory of God Is a Human Being "Fully Alive"


Thomas More and the Bishop of Rome


Why St. Junípero Serra Matters Today


Why Having a Heart of Gold Is Not What Christianity Is About


A "No" to a "No" Is a "Yes"


Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, and Letting the Fly out of the Fly Bottle


We've Been Here Before:

Same-Sex Marriage and the Room of Tears


Love, Tolerance, and the Making of Distinctions


The "Waze" of Providence


What the Hell?


Pope Benedict As a Witness to God


A Prophetic Pope and the Tradition


of Catholic Social Teaching


The Cleansing of the Temple


FREEDOM AND DISCIPLINE 171

Stephen Fry, Job, and the Cross of Jesus


God and the Tsunami


Stephen Colbert, J.R.R. Tolkein, John Henry Newman, and the Providence of God


Hospital-Land and the Divinization of One's Passivities


The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel


The Lesson of Calcutta


A Saint of Darkness


The Lesson of Lough Derg


A Tale of Two Skulls


The Fire at Namugongo


A Persecuted Church and Its Heroes


A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross


The Joy of Evangelizing


What Are You Waiting For?

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 Barron’s 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 and host of EWTN's The World Over Live

When Father Barron is talking, I can't stop listening. Whatever he writes, I can't put down unfinished. He loves the people he addresses. He writes about what matters to us. To read him is to be loved in word after word. In these pages, heart speaks to heart.

—Mike Aquilina 

co-author of The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition

Father Robert Barron’s great gift is to wed intellectual depth with clarity and vividness of expression. His Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith is a superb exploration of the Catholic vision that seamlessly unites theological reflection and masterpieces of architecture and art. The story he tells comes truly alive in his portraits of concrete men and women who, in every age, have lived the journey of faith to the full.

—Rev. Robert Imbelli 

Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College