An ordinary approach to reaching extraordinary goodness
HUNTINGTON, Indiana, May 15, 2012 – Based on a 20th-century saint who was a Spanish priest, there’s a simple and practical methodology for achieving holiness in the course of one’s life and work. And just about anyone can do it.
Newly released by Our Sunday Visitor, Holiness for Everyone: The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaría Escrivá, (Eric Sammons) provides readers relevant and useful steps for attaining holiness based on the approach of Opus Dei founder St. Josemaría Escrivá. He believed that by the grace of God, everyone can achieve holiness in the ordinary activity of daily life.
“Opus Dei draws its life from the fact of divine filiation – the fact that all Christians become children of God through baptism,” states Scott Hahn in the book’s Foreword. “That doctrine took hold of St. Josemaría Escrivá as God inspired him to spell out what it means for children of God to live in a material world.”
Holiness for Everyone includes a biography of St. Josemaría Escrivá, who was canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II, who called him a “saint of ordinary life.” Throughout the book, Sammons quotes from Escrivá’s writings, and provides context for readers to apply these teachings to their own lives. Each chapter contains a “Read, Meditate, Pray, Contemplate” section which allows the reader to deepen his understanding. Topics include: living a life of prayer, making the secular sacred, recognizing God’s presence, offering daily work to God, and more.
“Our first step toward understanding St. Josemaría’s message,” writes Sammons, “will be understanding the Catholic teaching, forgotten at times but renewed in recent years, of the call that each and every Christian has to holiness. St. Josemaría’s spirituality did not develop in a vacuum, but instead stands on the shoulders of the entire tradition of Catholic spirituality.”
About the Author
Eric Sammons is an author, national speaker, and Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Venice in Florida.
He is the author of the books Holiness for Everyone and Who is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew, published by Our Sunday Visitor. A convert to Catholicism from Evangelical Protestantism, Sammons was received into the Catholic Church in 1993. He has appeared on EWTN and is a frequent guest on Catholic radio, including "The Son Rise Morning Show", "Kresta in the Afternoon", and "Catholic Answers Live." He was also the co-host of the Washington, DC radio show "Catholic Matters." His articles have appeared in OSV Newsweekly, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Catholic Online and Catholic Exchange.
Sammons has spoken to thousands of people on the topics of evangelization, Scripture, apologetics and other areas of interest to Catholics. He has addressed Men’s & Women’s Conferences, Apologetics Conferences, parish retreats, and other groups throughout the country.
Sammons has a Master's Degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and lives in Florida with his wife, Suzan, and their six children.
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