A Year with the Church Fathers: Patristic Wisdom for Daily Living

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Times change, but human nature does not. Neither do the daily struggles that all Christians experience in their walk with the Lord. Today as two thousand years ago we fight anger, pride, lust, spiritual sloth. Now as then we strive to be more diligent in prayer, more faithful to the commandments, more patient and charitable toward others. And in our time, no less than in the earliest centuries of Christianity, we need wise guidance to direct us on the road to holiness.

In A Year with the Church Fathers, popular Patristics expert Mike Aquilina gathers the wisest, most practical teachings and exhortations from the Fathers of the Church, and presents them in a format perfect for daily meditation and inspiration. The Fathers were the immediate inheritors of the riches of the Apostolic Age, and their intimacy with the revelation of Jesus Christ is beautifully evident throughout their theological and pastoral writings: a profound patrimony that is ours to read and cherish and profit from.

Learn to humbly accept corrections from St. Clement of Rome. Let Tertullian teach you how to clear your mind before prayer. Read St. Gregory the Great and deepen your love for the Eucharist. Do you suffer from pain or illness? St. John Chrysostom's counsels will refresh you. Do you have trouble curbing your appetite for food and other fleshly things? St. John Cassian will teach you the true way to moderation and self-control.

A Year with the Church Fathers is different from a study guide, and more than a collection of pious passages. It is a year-long retreat that in just a few minutes every day will lead you on a cycle of contemplation, prayer, resolution, and spiritual growth that is guaranteed to bring you closer to God and His truth. From the Church Fathers we should expect nothing less.

Beautiful gift edition, with two-tone Ultrasoft leatherette cover, ribbon marker, and designed interior pages.

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7 Reviews

  • 4
    Improved with time

    Posted by MARIANN GONZALEZ on Dec 1st 2023

    I wanted to bump up my original review because I feel the breakdown of the topic of evil has been done well!

  • 3
    Briefer than I expected.

    Posted by Mariann on Oct 29th 2023

    Although I am but 10 days in, by the "sneak peek" I expected a bit more depth of sharing on the daily meditation. The brevity thus far seems inadequate in my opinion.

  • 5
    A Year with the Church Fathers

    Posted by Deacon Charlie on Sep 26th 2023

    I purchase the A Year With the...., each year for My Religious Education teachers for Christmas as a Thank you for Their service and dedication. This daily devotional I'm sure will serve my staff well as did the other devotional books you've provided in the past.

  • 5
    A Year with The Church Fathers

    Posted by Geraldine Nordsieck on Sep 23rd 2023

    What an incredible little book: Truth, Beauty, and Art, all in one very lovely book. Several years ago I taught a class on the Church Fathers and wish I had this book to pass out to everyone in that class. Thank you for making this available. I joyously anticipate sending my extra copies to friends and family for Christmas.

  • 4
    Very well made book , solid binding , quality paper and great daily readings from the churches great teachers

    Posted by Randy on Sep 21st 2023

    A great daily read to inspire thought of Christ words

  • 5
    Practical guidance from the Fathers

    Posted by MARY C. on Nov 25th 2022

    I was surprised at how down to earth and practical was much of the advice of the Church Fathers, and at the same time they convey the freshness of the Faith.

  • 4
    Almost perfect

    Posted by John P. on Sep 6th 2022

    Excellent writing from Mike Aqualina and the book binding is also excellent the only slight issue is the paper it shouldnt be glossy imo .