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The Way of the Fathers: Praying with the Early Christians Paperback – January 28, 1999
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From the pious to the practical, the reflections of the Fathers of the Church cover virtually every aspect of the Christian life. Noted author Mike Aquilina has compiled their ancient axioms into a concise collection of comments designed for busy, modern readers. Pray with the poetry of St. Gregory Nazianzen. Find clear direction in the practical advice of St. Jerome. And, let your heart turn toward the heavenly Jerusalem, following the 1,000 timeless treasures in The Way of the Fathers. "A power-packed collection of the Fathers' concise, clear, and challenging statements on issues still relevant to Christians today... a helpful tool, for anyone seeking to live the authentic Gospel life as understood by the first Christians." — John Michael Talbot. About the Author: Mike Aquilina is a noted Catholic Scripture scholar, apologist and author or editor of more than a dozen books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He is vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology based in Steubenville, Ohio. Mike is co-host, with Scott Hahn, of “The Lamb’s Supper” (2001), “Hail, Holy Queen” (2002), “First Comes Love” (2003), “Lord, Have Mercy” (2004), and “Swear to God” (2005) — all airing on EWTN. He also appears regularly as a panelist on "The Weekly Roman Observer," broadcast by Catholic Family Network. Mike's career in publishing spans two decades, and hundreds of his articles have appeared in many periodicals and journals in the United States and abroad. He also runs the popular website Fathers of the Church dot com. The Way of the Fathers is a companion volume to his earlier historical overview, The Fathers of the Church. His books for Our Sunday Visitor include: Weapons of the Spirit: Selected Writings of Father John Hugo, The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions: Everything You Need to Know But No One Ever Taught You (with Regis J. Flaherty), What Catholi
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In the early history of the Church, it seems God gave special graces to those first Christian thinkers and their work is as fresh and thought-provoking today as it was then. We do well to return to that wellspring of Christian thought again and again. Mr. Aquilina makes those trips to the well more accessible to all of us with this wealth of our Fathers. Meditative prayer that truly seeks to know the Father will truly find a start here. A handy reference for stirring us up to love and good works fed by a life devoted to prayer.
The early Christians are the 'founding fathers' of the Church that lived from right after the apostolic age through the middle of the eighth century. About 50 ancient writers are quoted, among them are the Great Doctors of the Church: St. Gregory the Great, St. Ambrose of Milan, St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Jerome, St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory of Nazianzus, and St. Athanasius.
"The Way of the Fathers" is a compilation of 1,000 prayers, quotes, sayings, and poems. Most are one or two lines, and the longest is about 100 words. They are divided into about 50 chapters or themes, such as Creation, Human Nature, The Search, Prayer, Worship, Contemplation, Angels, Mary, and Glory.
What makes of The "Way of the Fathers" a unique treasure is that Mike Aquilina has edited the language into Modern English so that it is accessible to everyone.
Who should read it? Those who are starting their journey, those who want an introduction to the early Christians, and those who want an introduction to eastern Christian spirituality.
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