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Sharing Christ's Priesthood: A Bible Study for Catholics Paperback – September 8, 2009

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About the Author

Mike Aquilina, executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, has authored or edited more than twenty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion, including the best-selling What Catholics Believe. He is currently co-host of EWTN's Reasons to Believe and a regular panelist on The Weekly Roman Observer broadcast by the Catholic Family Network.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592766781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592766789
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,497,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and A Year with the Church Fathers. He has co-hosted eight series that air on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He has co-authored books with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and theologian Scott Hahn. He is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He appears weekly on Sirius Radio's "Sonrise Morning Show." Mike and his wife, Terri, have six children, who are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things.

In 2011 Mike was a featured presenter of the U.S. Bishops' Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute. He also wrote the USCCB's theological reflection for Catechetical Sunday in 2011.

His reviews, essays and journalism have appeared in many journals, including First Things, Touchstone, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, and Catholic Heritage. He contributed work on early Christianity to the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought.

Mike is a also poet whose works have appeared in U.S. literary journals and have been translated into Polish and Spanish. He shared songwriting credits with Grammy Award-winner Dion DiMucci on the forthcoming album "Tank Full of Blues."

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This Bible study came out in 2009 and was especially timely then in that Pope Benedict had declared a Year for Priests from June 2009-June 2010. In that celebration the pope focused explicitly on the ordained priesthood. Mike Aquilina, in this book, provides an important reminder that priesthood encompasses all the faithful - we all have a share in Christ's priesthood. The book is as timely now as when it first came out.

Ideal for group or individual study, the book is broken up into six sessions (based on my own experience, six is an ideal number of sessions to which group members will commit and attend). The first two sessions delve into the Old Testament roots of the priesthood. Session three shows that Jesus is the fulfillment of the old Law come "to make us a holy nation of priests - in a perfect way." The next session looks mainly at New Testament epistles to explain the priesthood of all believers. The fifth session focuses on Jesus calling the apostles and making them priests and bishops; they in turn ordained others, establishing apostolic succession to this day. Finally, the last session focuses on the ordained priesthood today - who can be ordained, why celibacy, the sacred and eternal character of the sacrament, and understanding the hierarchy of the Church.

The reading for each session is short (eight to eighteen pages) and chock full of Scripture passages, some quite extended. These quotes are often followed by three or four questions that do a nice job of not only reinforcing important aspects of the passages but encouraging critical thinking and reflection on what Scripture is trying to convey. Additionally, each chapter begins with asking the student to read a chapter or so from the Bible in order to prepare for the rest of that session's main thrust.
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Anything written by Mike Aquilina is not only delightful but worth reading for the knowledge you receive from it. Thanks
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Aquilina is a good popularizer in all his works, and continues as such with this well-researched study of priesthood in Scripture. My people have enjoyed using his books. Highly recommended.
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