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by Fr Donald Haggerty
Contemporary spiritual writer Fr. Donald Haggerty offers penetrating observations of the phenomenon of Christian conversion. Arranged as a collection of concise, meditative reflections, this book discusses the essential elements of a soul's return to God, including the repercussions of sin, the proper understanding of mercy, and the importance of a more radical response to God's will.
Fr. Haggerty also explores the fruits of conversion that make the difference between a mediocre relationship with God and a truly holy life. He identifies these special graces as love for the poor, simplicity of lifestyle, and devotion to the Eucharist.
The author's treatment of a "second conversion" is a unique and thought-provoking contribution to his subject. The ever renewed invitation to embrace a deeper passion for God is the thematic undercurrent of this inspiring work.
Fr. Donald Haggerty a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, has been a Professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York and Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland. He has a long association as a spiritual director for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. He is the author of the books Contemplative Hunger and Contemplative Provocations.
"Conversion of heart sums up the compelling invitation of Jesus. Let Fr. Donald Haggerty, an accomplished spiritual theologian, guide us."
—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
"Fr. Haggerty uses a clear and direct style to make the point that conversion is the daily heartfelt response of a disciple to the Master."
—Fr. George Rutler, Author, He Spoke to Us
"This is that rarest book, one that needs no praise because its spiritual truth and radical love are evident on every page."
—Matthew Levering, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
"Fr. Haggerty invites readers to walk a variety of paths to true conversion - a journey not to be missed with a guide of rare understanding and insight."
—Raymond Arroyo, New York Times Best-selling author; EWTN News Anchor
"Fr. Haggerty suggests ways in which we can keep aflame and intensify the passion for God that marked our first fervor."
—Sr. Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., Blessed Trinity Missionary Cenacle
"Conversion is a life-long process and a daily gift. Fr. Haggerty's reflections on conversion to Christ invite all of us to follow after the Lord and to receive, with courage, the grace of his mercy and love."
—Most Rev. James Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, NE
"No task presses more urgently upon the Church today than preaching the call to conversion, and no greater tragedy exists for the human creature than to miss being converted."
—Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P., Professor of Theology, St. John's Seminary
"Catholic poet Siegfried Sassoon described conversion as 'being in love with life transformed-life breathed afresh'. Fr. Haggerty's profound and beautiful book conveys this wonder and inspires in us a desire for ever deeper personal conversion."
—Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., Editor, Magnificat