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"A wonderful book for newcomers and a great refresher for Catholics who seek to live solidly rooted, enthusiastic lives following Christ in the Church. Presenting daily habits that lead to a deep and joyful conversion to Christ, Bert Ghezzi inspires and motivates." --Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville


"The Heart of Catholicism is a welcome resource for any adult wanting the faith to permeate every aspect of life. It is a first-rate resource from a trusted author, perfect for the task of growing more deeply through study, reflection, and practicing just how we live our beautiful Catholic faith." --Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington


"In a warm and accessible way, Bert Ghezzi offers the lifelong Catholic and the new convert a practical way of exploring and renewing their faith. Bert's broad knowledge of and love for the faith is a wonderful guide for those who want to draw closer to Christ and the Church." --Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore


"Bert Ghezzi is a master at his craft and an obvious student of the classroom of silence. These pages are dripping not only with ageless wisdom, but also with the hard-earned practical insights that come from a lifelong struggle to live in wisdom." --Matthew Kelly, Author of The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic


"In this cohesive, pastoral compendium of Catholic teaching, Bert Ghezzi draws upon the spirit and teachings of Vatican II, the deep biblical and sacramental traditions of the Church, personal narratives, and probing theological reflection to persuade readers to discover, deepen, and live the call to holiness as Catholic Christians in the world." --Denise Morency Gannon, Founder and Director of the Roncalli Center


"Like the scribe who brings out things old and new, Bert Ghezzi shares wisdom garnered from his years of experience as a faithful Catholic, along with an appreciation for what is essential to Catholics who live in this current moment. The Heart of Catholicism is simultaneously a classical and contemporary presentation of the beliefs and practices of the Catholic faith and an important resource for the New Evangelization." --Father Steve Grunow, CEO of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

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Bert Ghezzi is a popular Catholic speaker and the author of more than twenty books, including Voices of the Saints and Mystics and Miracles. For more than forty years, Ghezzi has been involved in all levels of religious education and he has served as an editor for publishing companies since 1975. Ghezzi and Mary Lou, his wife of forty-nine years, have seven children and fifteen grandchildren. They reside in Winter Park, Florida.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press (March 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594714401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594714405
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bert Ghezzi, who holds a PhD in history from the University of Notre Dame, is a popular columnist, speaker, and author who has written 18 books, including Voices of the Saints, Mystics & Miracles, The Sign of the Cross, Keeping Your Kids Catholic, and Sacred Passages. He is currently an acquisitions editor for Our Sunday Visitor. He and his wife reside in Winter Park, Florida.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry Libersat on March 31, 2014
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"The Heart of Catholicism" reveals the warmth and faith of the Bert Ghezzi I have come to know and love. It is clear, practical and inspiring--a must for those seeking faith, for the convert and those who want an ever deeper union with God. Buy it, read it, and grow in love and faith. Deacon Henry Libersat, author of "Catholic and Confident" and "Way, Truth and Life."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on May 25, 2014
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Dr. Bert Ghezzi, well-known Catholic author of several books on the saints and the sacraments, has now written a book about how Catholics live. "The Heart of Catholicism: Practicing the Everyday Habits that Shape Us" “is a book about what Catholics do and why they do it. It describes the practices and spiritual disciples that shape a Catholic’s daily life.” It is designed to be a how-to guide for new Catholics, and a refresher course for the rest of us.

Each chapter features Ghezzi’s reflections, pull-out quotes from relevant Catholic documents, comprehension and discussion questions, a list of ways to put the lessons of that chapter into practice, and suggestions for further study. Topics covered include what it means to be Catholic, how to make a commitment to Christ, continuing to learn about one’s faith, embracing the sacraments, observing the liturgical seasons, praying, reading scripture, honoring Mary and the saints, receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, making good choices, and taking an active role in parish life. There is also a handy glossary of Catholic terms included at the end of the book. Needless to say, much ground is covered in this very readable and practical text.

Whether one is new to the Catholic faith, returning to the faith after a long absence, or a long-time active Catholic, there will be something to be gained from this book. As Ghezzi states in the Afterward, this is a book meant to be put into practice. He wants those who read it to choose at least one thing to do to deepen one’s Catholic life. For my part, I’m going back to reading the lectionary readings for each day. It was habit I used to have, but had allowed to lapse, and as Ghezzi emphasizes, it is important to have that Biblical reading every day.
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I have known Bert Ghezzi for many years. He's a man who loves God and speaks from experience. I use this book for a spin-off small sharing group from the RCIA, and it covers many of the topics that are relevant for Neophytes. I fully recommend this book.
Deacon Tom O'Brien, Pastoral Associate, Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church, San Luis Obispo, CA
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Found it to be an excellent book. Good refresher for long-time Catholics and a wonderful resource for those interested in the faith. Not only is information given but practical steps to help you practice what our have learned. The resources for further study include books, and electronic sources.
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Excellent read if you are desiring to understand the practice of Catholocism. The author makes it easy for you to grasp and appreciate how he practices his faith.
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