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Living the Mysteries is a daily devotional--and more--for the period from Easter to Pentecost. Each day features: a brief meditation; a short passage from that day's Mass readings; a reflection on the reading adapted from the writings of the Fathers of the Church; a particular focusing on a relevant point of the mystical or moral life; and a plan with practical application Living the Mysteries is a daily devotional--and more--for the period from Easter to Pentecost. Each day features: a brief meditation; a short passage from that day's Mass readings; a reflection on the reading adapted from the writings of the Fathers of the Church; a particular focusing on a relevant point of the mystical or moral life; and a plan with practical applications for everyday prayer and living. This is a thoughtful, practical, and sure-to-be appreciated gift for any new Catholic! (And a great choice for longtime Catholics, too.)


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Living the Mysteries is a daily devotional--and more--for the period from Easter to Pentecost. Each day features: a brief meditation; a short passage from that day's Mass readings; a reflection on the reading adapted from the writings of the Fathers of the Church; a particular focusing on a relevant point of the mystical or moral life; and a plan with practical application Living the Mysteries is a daily devotional--and more--for the period from Easter to Pentecost. Each day features: a brief meditation; a short passage from that day's Mass readings; a reflection on the reading adapted from the writings of the Fathers of the Church; a particular focusing on a relevant point of the mystical or moral life; and a plan with practical applications for everyday prayer and living. This is a thoughtful, practical, and sure-to-be appreciated gift for any new Catholic! (And a great choice for longtime Catholics, too.)

30 review for Living the Mysteries: A Guide for Unfinished Christians

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Wade

    Contains excerpts from the writings/homilies of the early Church fathers on the sacraments and Christian life. Excellent for prayer, also good for learning about the roots of the Catholic Church’s understanding of the sacraments.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

    Scott Hahn and Mike Aquilina should need no introduction, especially if you have read any of my other reviews. Both have written thousands of pages on Catholic doctrine and devotion. This book is intended to be read after Easter as it is a series of reflections or devotions over 50 days. However, one would benefit from reading it at any point in the Church's calendar, as we are all unfinished Christians. Upon reading the first few pages of this book, the reader is informed that the content of the Scott Hahn and Mike Aquilina should need no introduction, especially if you have read any of my other reviews. Both have written thousands of pages on Catholic doctrine and devotion. This book is intended to be read after Easter as it is a series of reflections or devotions over 50 days. However, one would benefit from reading it at any point in the Church's calendar, as we are all unfinished Christians. Upon reading the first few pages of this book, the reader is informed that the content of the book is taken from ancient Church Fathers. I will admit that I was a bit skeptical at first as I thought it would be a ton of St. Augustine, as he is THE Church Father for Western Catholicism. And while he is one of the eight Church Fathers that the authors drew from, they also did a magnificent job of using some Eastern Church Fathers as well, including St. Basil, St. Gregory of Nyssa (St. Basil's brother), and the theological heavyweight in the East, St. John Chrysostom. Each day ends with three steps to help make the lesson stick. You pray about it, try and commit one of the key lines in the sermon to heart, and then there is a practical application for your daily life. It is tough to say which one is my favorite week, as each proved useful and worth reading. However, if I had to pick one, I think I would pick St. Clement of Alexandria's week "On Illumination." Throughout this week, one learns about "The Power of Prayer" and "How to Live Like a Christian." The messages on both of these days were powerful and inspiring. This book gets 5 out of 5 stars, but I wish I could give it more. If you want to know more of what the early Church taught and would like to read more from the Church Fathers, this is a good starter book for you. I know Easter is still several months away, but this is my recommendation to you for Easter reading. I look forward to reading through it again during the Easter season at a slower pace and trying to gain more from this rich and beautiful book. This book was provided for free in exchange for a review by Our Sunday Visitor.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel Turner

    This is a good little devotional. It is, in fact, much smaller than my time to read it suggests. It has 50 passages on the mysteries of the Church, meant to be read each day following Easter, so that the final reading falls on Pentecost. I wish I had read it to succinctly. I also wish I had maintained an attempt to memorize the memorization bits for each day, to make the devotional more effective in my life. That said, the book was not perfect. The translations were, occasionally, quirky. The con This is a good little devotional. It is, in fact, much smaller than my time to read it suggests. It has 50 passages on the mysteries of the Church, meant to be read each day following Easter, so that the final reading falls on Pentecost. I wish I had read it to succinctly. I also wish I had maintained an attempt to memorize the memorization bits for each day, to make the devotional more effective in my life. That said, the book was not perfect. The translations were, occasionally, quirky. The content of each passage was not always clear. These two details can be written up to the habits of the Novus Ordo and the designated audience (i.e., Roman Catholics), respectively, so they are not huge losses. I do not think that the passages were nearly long enough to have three "prayer" quotes, one "memorization" quote, and one "application" lesson for each reading. Some of those passages were downright paltry, and takes quotes from them to be reiterated three seconds after you finish reading them is... well, it's good rote, but it's bad reading. So your mileage may vary, as that goes. Overall, it was a good book with some good lessons on the mysteries; definitely a must-read for anyone curious about or questioning the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. Its use of ancient writers, rather than Scott Hahn and Mike Aquilina's own writings (nothing against them personally or professionally, but they are modern, and there's a certain orthodox delight in relying on the older gents), makes for enlightening reading, although it may - at times - feel disjointed and forced. Also, the introductions to each passage offered by Hahn and Aquilina are often redundant and occasionally excessive; I see little need for their presence, except to tilt the scales toward "original content" in the book. At any rate - a good read, and done at last.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Regena

    While I think this might prove a good introduction for those who know basically nothing about church teachings, for someone who wants more knowledge of early church fathers' teachings, it simply does not fit the bill. It is much too simplistic to prove helpful. I am re-reading this book again to see if I was too hasty in my opinion of it.... I liked it better this time around. I think that last time I had just finished most of my RCIA courses and was expecting the readings of the ancient theologia While I think this might prove a good introduction for those who know basically nothing about church teachings, for someone who wants more knowledge of early church fathers' teachings, it simply does not fit the bill. It is much too simplistic to prove helpful. I am re-reading this book again to see if I was too hasty in my opinion of it.... I liked it better this time around. I think that last time I had just finished most of my RCIA courses and was expecting the readings of the ancient theologians to be more in-depth than they were and so was disappointed. Of course, this is a good introduction for those who haven't read anything, or at least not much, regarding the early founders of the church. And it is good for group discussions, which is what our church uses it for. It is just not an in-depth study of any particular mystery....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Helpful guide for a somewhat neglected period of the calendar. There are many devotional guides for times like Lent and Advent, but I'd never seen one for Pentecost until this book. It's a 40-day reading plan that starts at Easter and goes through Pentecost, which is a time in the Church year of great importance. It draws from a handful of Church fathers and focuses on mystagogy, the learning of mysteries commonly undertaken by new Christians following their baptism. As a new Catholic convert, I Helpful guide for a somewhat neglected period of the calendar. There are many devotional guides for times like Lent and Advent, but I'd never seen one for Pentecost until this book. It's a 40-day reading plan that starts at Easter and goes through Pentecost, which is a time in the Church year of great importance. It draws from a handful of Church fathers and focuses on mystagogy, the learning of mysteries commonly undertaken by new Christians following their baptism. As a new Catholic convert, I found this extremely helpful. More established Catholics will as well. Non-Catholics should be aware that this book is for Catholics and uses heavy doses of the doctrine and language of the Church. If you can deal with that, then you might learn a lot about why the Church places such importance on this time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    This is a great book for use in the Mystagogy portion of RCIA, or for a sacramental retreat for adult Catholics. It consists of small excerpts from the sermons and writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, reflecting on the graces and meaning of the liturgy and the sacraments. It is keyed to a 50-day period, corresponding with the Easter Season, so it is clearly designed for those who have been initiated into the Church at Easter - the neophytes. However, because many Catholics were bap This is a great book for use in the Mystagogy portion of RCIA, or for a sacramental retreat for adult Catholics. It consists of small excerpts from the sermons and writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, reflecting on the graces and meaning of the liturgy and the sacraments. It is keyed to a 50-day period, corresponding with the Easter Season, so it is clearly designed for those who have been initiated into the Church at Easter - the neophytes. However, because many Catholics were baptized as children and only grudgingly underwent Confirmation, this book is useful for that time when those same Catholics rediscover the great gifts that their parents gave them in the form of the Faith, and decide they want to embrace and celebrate it themselves.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Williams

    A must read for all Christians especially Christians or people searching to find their way that are questioning faith in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Marvelous read on many of our great, early Saints. Enjoy and learn.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gina Gleason

    Excellent private study on the teachings of the early Church Fathers. Organized into topics and divided into short excerpts. A great daily meditation.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Nice book following RCIA

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    The book is a 50-day devotional meant to be read between Easter and Pentecost, the traditional period of Mystagogy for the recently baptized. Each day has a different writing from one of the Church Father's on the topics of the Sacraments, the Eucharist, the Church, the Christian Life, and the Glory of God. St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Clement of Alexandria, St. Ambrose of Milan, St. Augustine of Hippo, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Leo the Great. I may just re-read this every The book is a 50-day devotional meant to be read between Easter and Pentecost, the traditional period of Mystagogy for the recently baptized. Each day has a different writing from one of the Church Father's on the topics of the Sacraments, the Eucharist, the Church, the Christian Life, and the Glory of God. St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Clement of Alexandria, St. Ambrose of Milan, St. Augustine of Hippo, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Leo the Great. I may just re-read this every single year. A terrific and enlightening read for anybody interested in the Christian Church of the first few hundred years after Christ!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katarzyna Balutowski

    This is very enjoyable. Especially if you take it one day at a time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Catherine

    Really cool Easter to Pentacost "devotional." This is a great read for anyone who's been baptized, and especially for anyone who's ever been confirmed in the catholic church. Great little excerpts from early church fathers explaining what we believe as Christians, with just a little modern commentary and life applications. The intro chapters are also very informative. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is not yet baptized as it's not exactly an intro to Christianity (for that I would r Really cool Easter to Pentacost "devotional." This is a great read for anyone who's been baptized, and especially for anyone who's ever been confirmed in the catholic church. Great little excerpts from early church fathers explaining what we believe as Christians, with just a little modern commentary and life applications. The intro chapters are also very informative. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is not yet baptized as it's not exactly an intro to Christianity (for that I would recommend Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis), but rather a deeper diving into the mysteries of Christ and His body, the Church.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Read this for discussion following RCIA. Great book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Biff

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eric

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Pianalto

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alfonso Martinez

  18. 5 out of 5

    Harry Keefe

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robert Corzine

  20. 5 out of 5

    Russell Townsend

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Paul

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marshall

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peter Horný

  24. 5 out of 5

    David

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  26. 5 out of 5

    Noel D. Phillips

  27. 5 out of 5

    John Bhadelia

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  29. 5 out of 5

    KC

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bob Ross

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