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Hammer and Fire: Way to Contemplative Happiness and Mental Health in Accordance with the Judeo-Christian Tradition
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Its pages are filled with great wisdom and kindness. Strict orthodoxy presented without undue harshness, but rather with true warmth -- as indeed orthodox Catholicism *is* a warm and good thing, and most consoling to the soul. As I say, it was just the book I needed, in the frazzled, broken frame of mind I was in. Fr. Simon takes the reader back to first principles, guides him or her into the temple of Catholic thought, and shows them the way. He wrote the book for those who do not have access to a spiritual director, and that is how - remarkably enough - the book functions. Reading through it, one is led to diagnose one's spiritual ills, weak points, and shortcomings -- and one is further led to the cure for these things, in thoughtful, illuminating expositions on prayer and the sacraments. Valuable pages, too, are given to the problem of choosing a state in life -- priest, religious, married, single. And the particular problems, advantages and general character of each state, as well as the process of discernment. Finally, there is a summary chapter near the end that provides a succinct, helpful guide to ordering one's spiritual life, starting with the basics.
Fr. Simon was a Jewish convert to the Catholic faith.Read more ›
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I found it above my usual reading habits, but it was very informative, and I enjoyed it. The book gave me a lot to meditate on.Published on August 30, 2013 by Margaret Harvey