Today’s guest blogger: Mike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina is one of the most prolific authors for a popular Catholic readership today.  Indeed, when I noticed last week that his new book Praying the Psalms with the Early Christians: Ancient Songs for Modern Hearts is about to be published, I thought, “How does the guy do it?”  And the quantity of his work is matched by its quality.  He consistently sheds new and interesting light on the subjects he approaches.  (I’m looking forward to the new Psalms book as a resource to enrich the 9th grade Old Testament course I teach.)

Mike does some impressive work on an academic level as vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.  But most of his efforts are directed toward making otherwise academic or theological subjects a partof the faith, life, and spirituality of the person-in-the-pew.  The book we’re giving away today (see below) is a shining example of this.  Others include The Mass of the Early Christians, Living the Mysteries: A Guide for Unfinished Christians, and Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with St. Thomas Aquinas.  He also blogs regularly, mostly on early Church people and issues, at The Way of the Fathers.

I thought Mike would be an especially important voice in our Festival of Hope because of his book, The Resilient Church, which appeared as a strident call to hope at a time when many Catholics were losing theirs.  Mike has generously agreed to provide this excerpt from The Resilient Church for readers of The Festival of Hope.  The excerpt, like the book it comes from, is must-reading for Catholics during these difficult days.

It follows.

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