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God intends nothing less than sainthood for you!

The early Church held that all believers could achieve holiness. Over time, this conviction was largely forgotten. Sainthood seemed to be an honor only intended for a select few among the priests and religious.

Eric Sammons tells how twentieth century Spanish priest and canonized saint Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, recovered the message of the universal call to holiness. Declared the saint of ordinary life by Pope John Paul II, St. Josemaria developed a spirituality directed toward the sanctity of every man and woman. His legacy is the belief that each of us can, by God's grace, achieve holiness through the course of our ordinary life and work.

The heart of Sammons' practical guide to the spiritual life is a detailed examination of the steps in St. Josemaria's thoughtful plan for building a saintly life in spite of your hectic work and home life in a world filled with distractions and temptations.

Strive for your own personal holiness as you implement your daily plan to:

--Be a Contemplative in the Midst of a Busy World

--Live a Life of Prayer

--Recognize the Presence of God

--Make a Plan of Life

--Make Your Work a Way to Heaven

Holiness for Everyone will inspire you as it sets your feet on the path to sainthood.

"Eric Sammons shows that St. Josemaria has recovered the most powerful truth of classic Christianity and restated it in a way that is compelling for men and women of our time."

---From the Foreword by Scott Hahn

About the Author

Scott Hahn is Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Steubenville, Ohio. He also holds the Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He is author of The Lamb's Supper, Lord Have Mercy; Swear to God: The Promise and Power of Sacraments; and Letter and Spirit: From Written Text of Living Word in the Liturgy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (March 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592769446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592769445
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What is your purpose in life? Just in case you've forgotten, it's to become a saint. Through the teachings of St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, we are reminded why, how, and for what greater mission we are called to holiness. This Spanish saint lived at a time when many people compartmentalized religion and daily life. Also, it was a period when many believed that it was solely the responsibility and possibility of those called to religious life to lead holy lives that were devoted to serving the Lord.

St. Josemaría asserts that each and every layperson, not just those called to religious vocations, is called, given the grace, and the opportunity to be sanctified. Any and every part of our days, no matter how mundane, can be offered to the Lord. When chores such as changing diapers, doing the laundry, washing dishes, preparing meals, weeding the garden, cleaning the house, are done with the mindset that we are serving and loving God by doing these necessary tasks, and doing them well, these become acts of prayer and sacrifice that help bring about our sanctification.

I have read some of the works by St. Josemaría Escrivá, but there are quite a few, and I could only seem to dissolve and absorb so many golden nuggets of his wisdom at a time. I enjoyed this book, because author Eric Sammons weaves in some of the most powerful and prominent observations and revelations the Spanish saint had, particularly in regards to God's plan for our sanctification.

There have certainly been a number of times in my life when I've fallen into the thinking that the little things of daily life don't matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. St.
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I'm a big fan of Eric Sammons and his book-writing. When he wrote me and asked me to take a look at this one, I couldn't say no. His last book was one of my favorites, after all, and I was curious after seeing the title to this one.

It's not a biography, but more like a braid of St. Josemaria's wisdom and spirituality and the life we all struggle to live. Sammons does a great job of keeping it real, of making the theories into practices that apply even to me.

I found myself marking this book, thinking of the people I would share it with, and considering rereading it, right away, so that I could tackle it more slowly, in a more devotional way.

I have a copy of The Way around here somewhere (I think it's tucked in a drawer of devotional stuff), and I remember enjoying the little tidbits within it. It ended up tucked away because...well, we moved, I had other things to focus on, and on and on.

Sammons compiles St. Josemaria's writings and thoughts into his own, using them to punctuate the point he's making and demonstrate the example we should strive to set.

I was a bit surprised how I enjoyed this book, honestly. I agree with the premise: holiness IS for everyone, yes. But I don't necessarily want to be told how to be holy. I don't quite have enough humility within me to accept a sermon, but the way Sammons and St. Josemaria pair up, it's like a talk with a good friend.

Sammons reclaims the word "spirituality" from the wet-behind-the-ears and rather lame approach so many people have to it and makes it something tangible. It's not easy, he makes clear, but it's also not any harder than so many other things. "Holiness is not," he writes, "a matter of following certain rules set down by a superior.
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I was thrilled when Eric Sammons offered me a review copy of Holiness for Everyone, because I had thoroughly enjoyed his first book (and highly recommend it). This one did not disappoint. As others have mentioned, this is not a biography of St. Josemaria, nor is it connected to Opus Dei in any way. It's a how-to book on the basics of Christian spirituality, grounded firmly in the same approach to spiritual growth championed by the saints throughout Christian history, including Therese of Lisieux and Theresa of Calcutta.

Sammons is an excellent writer, and has a gift for taking a challenging topic and making it approachable for the average reader, without watering down the message. This compares to Maturin's _Christian Self-Mastery_ as far as the content, but it is far more accessible. The study questions and recommended reading at the end of each chapter make this well-suited for a book club or post-confirmation religious education course. Great parent-teen book to read together -- and push each other to grow in holiness -- before sending your student off to college.

I'd recommend this for:

1) Those wanting an introduction to the fundamentals of the Christian spiritual life.

2)Those wanting an introduction to St. Josemaria and his works. I do not recommend reading St. Josemaria without this guide, unless you are already well-versed in Catholic thought, because he would be easy to misunderstand. But with a good reference such as this book, St. Josemaria's writings are a great kick in the rear for your flagging spiritual life.

3)Those who need that kick in the rear. I personally found this book helpful in pushing me to the next level in my own life. The practical, sensible approach to spiritual growth was exactly what I needed.
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