Spiritual Insights Into an Essential Encounter with God

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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

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.


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"Father Haggerty resembles the great theologians of the middle ages. He seeks to learn from those holy men and women who have preceded him and who are masters of the spiritual life. No task presses more urgently upon the Church today than preaching the call to conversion. Fr. Haggerty, with his gift for being a gentle pedagogue, clearly explains the main elements of Christian conversion. 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

"Abstractions are not the language of God, and that is why St. Francis de Sales said 'heart speaks to heart.'  Fr. Haggerty uses a clear and direct style for which he is justly esteemed, to make the point that conversion is the daily heartfelt response of a disciple to the Master, whether we come to Him later in life or were brought to him as infants in parental arms.  To be a 'cradle Catholic' is no license to remain in the cradle.  This fine book encourages a conversion of souls to the true challenge of holiness.."
— Fr. George Rutler, Author, He Spoke to Us

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