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Holiness for Everyone: The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva Paperback – March 19, 2012
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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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book and simple read. I found it to be very inspiring, especially for our laity of the church.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
In the Foreword, Scott Hahn explains that when someone is canonized a saint, he or she becomes a gift to the whole Church. St. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Seeker of Truth
I am not ready to review this book. I resent be forced to do this before I can get to the bookPublished 15 months ago by Ted A. Skalsky
Eric Sammons wrote an incredibly wonderful book in "Holiness for Everyone." I savored every page. Once you start reading it, it's hard to put it down. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Francis J. Kramer
This book is very practical and easy to read. It does explain the spirituality of St. Josemaria. I totally recommend this book if you do not know much about St. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Fernando
I have a great devotion to St. Josemaria, so I am thrilled to review "Holiness for Everyone' for the Catholic Company. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by carold114
This book is arranged in a way that presents information in short segments that can easily be read in a small amount of time. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by L. Novak