CATHOLICISM: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
Publish Date: August 2011
Catholicism: Journey to the Heart of the Faith complements the DVD series and study program. The book is based on the scripts for the series, but delves more deeply into the content, including more than 100 photos of the art used in the documentary.
In Catholicism: 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
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Catholic Thing
Chapter One: Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man
Chapter Two: Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus
Chapter Three: That Than Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought: The Ineffable Mystery of God
Chapter Four: Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God
Chapter Five: The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure
Chapter Six: A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
Chapter Seven: Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Church's Sacrament and Worship
Chapter Eight: A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints
Chapter Nine: The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit
Chapter Ten: World Without End: The Last Things
Epilogue: It's All About God