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Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

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What I propose to do in this book is to take you on a guided exploration of the Catholic world, but not in the manner of a docent, for I am not interested in showing you the artifacts of Catholicism as though they were dusty objets d'art in a museum of culture.? I want to function rather as a mystagogue, conducting you ever deeper into the mystery of the incarnation in the ...more
Hardcover, First, 279 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Image
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Julie Davis
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I discovered that Father Robert Barron narrated the audiobook version of Catholicism ... and was able to snag a copy. Having watched the DVDs of the Catholicism series when I helped with RCIA classes, I was able to "hear" Barron's intonation and pacing when looking over the print version recently. It is simply a pleasure to hear him reading this great book.

My official review is below.


Since my conversion, I have read many a book about saints, angels, prayer, virtues, and all those good
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have a book packed away in my basement titled Catholicism: An Incredibly Difficult To Read and Boring Introduction to the Faith. OK, maybe that wasn't the title, but it should have been.
Father Robert Barron's book is the opposite. It's meant for well-meaning people like myself who prefer to learn about interesting topics the National Geographic way - well written, insightful, and plenty of pictures. Like this book, which came after Barron's documentary series. That shows. It's not dumbed down
Michael D'esterre
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-read-shelf
“It has been said that the healthiest spiritual people are those who have the strongest sense of the difference between themselves and God.”
-Fr. Barron in Catholicism: Journey to the Heart of Faith

I thought I would do an interesting twist and contrast a recent movie with this book of colossal meaning .

Mr. Banks
Fr. Robert Barron

A Sad Mr. Banks

The other night my wife and I watched Saving Mr. Banks. We thought it was going to be a fun movie about how they made Mary Poppins. Instead it ended up be
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of the very best books I've ever read about the Catholic faith, and Christianity in general. And that's saying a lot, becaue I've read so many books about the faith that I've lost count.

One of the best things about this book is it's readability. I think it should be just as accessible and enjoyable for the novice theology reader as it is for the theologian.

Also, it covers the gamut of basic Christian belief in an exciting and non-offensive way. I think non-Catholic Christians who want to und
Zacaro Caro
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, gave-up
I'm not the intended audience for this book. I'm naturally excited about my faith and have read much to educate myself. I teach Sunday school and work with youth groups so I'm always looking for better ways to answer tough questions and to dive deeper in my faith. There are lots of good reviews of this book, and it's not bad, but it bored me, I found myself skipping ahead and skimming and finally giving up. I'm not sure what I learned, if anything I have to admit I really enjoyed the section on ...more
Jan Anne
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Robert Barron is a Roman Catholic Bishop who is well articulate. As a theology student I find him one of the few conservative voices I purposefully listen to. great book, with some brilliant ideas and arguments. Would highly recommend of one wants to understand the Roman Catholic faith and thinking.
Algirdas Brukštus
Man, kaip nepraktikuojančiam katalikui-skeptikui, labai įdomiai ir mielai susiskaitė ši knyga. Sakyčiau, labai gerai ir tiksliai pagauta katalikybės esmė ir perteikta paprastai bei įtikinamai. Ber ar perskaitęs tapau didesniu kataliku, nežinau.
Carol Ewing
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well written and very interesting synopsis of the Catholic faith and the meaning behind some of its symbolism and beliefs.
Rob Lewis
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent overview and meditation on the Catholic faith. I especially enjoyed the section on mass. In fact I wish I had read it many years ago.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
When my last book about theology proved disappointing, a book friend sent me to this one. It was an excellent recommendation and I thank you. " is what God is: love is the divine life---and the entire purpose of spirituality is to get that life in us," Robert Barron writes. "Love is not primarily a is willing the good of the other as other." The church is, Barron tells us, the mystical body of Christ, and "...shares in the very being, life, and energy of Christ." It is " ...more
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Bishop Robert Emmet Barron is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian. He is the former Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago and also is the founder of Word On Fire (

Bishop Barron is the creator and host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking ten-part documentary series and study program about the Catholic faith. He is a passi
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“Essential to the Catholic mind is what I would characterize as a keen sense of the prolongation of the Incarnation throughout space and time, an extension that is made possible through the mystery of the church.” 2 likes
“The twentieth-century theologian Karl Rahner commented that “God” is the last sound we should make before falling silent, and Saint Augustine, long ago, said, “si comprehendis, non est Deus” (if you understand, that isn’t God). All of this formal theologizing is but commentary on that elusive and confounding voice from the burning bush: “I am who am.” 1 likes
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