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The Heart of Catholicism

The Heart of Catholicism

Practicing the Everyday Habits That Shape Us 

Author: Bert Ghezzi

Regular Price: $14.95

Sale Price: $4.00

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-440-5

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: March 24, 2014

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In The Heart of Catholicism, Bert Ghezzi, bestselling author and popular speaker, invites readers into his deep love for the Church. With great warmth and authenticity, he shows how foundational habits such as praying, studying scripture, serving others, celebrating sacraments, and learning from the saints remind us who we are as followers of Christ.

In this completely revised and expanded version of Being Catholic Today: Practicing the Everyday Habits That Shape Us, Bert Ghezzi brings together his love for the Church and his teaching expertise in this practical introduction to the way Catholics live.

Ghezzi uses stories from his own life to show how Catholicism is contagious, spreading from person to person because of the things Catholics do that are distinctively Catholic. Essential practices such as praying daily, celebrating the sacraments, reading and applying scripture, honoring the saints, confessing and overcoming sin, participating in parish life, caring for the poor, and evangelizing are treated in seventeen brief and inspiring chapters.

Features & Benefits:

  • There are many books about what Catholics believe. This one explores how Catholics live.
  • First published in 1998 as Being Catholic Today: Your Personal Guide, the book sold 14,000 copies. Now it is completely revised and updated.
  • The Heart of Catholicism includes reflection questions, action steps, stories, and resource lists.


"Inspires and motivates.”

“A wonderful book for newcomers and a great refresher for Catholics who seek to live solidly rooted, enthusiastic lives following Christ in the Church. Presenting daily habits that lead to a deep and joyful conversion to Christ, Bert Ghezzi inspires and motivates.”

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville

"A first-rate resource from a trusted author."

The Heart of Catholicism is a welcome resource for any adult wanting the faith to permeate every aspect of life. It is a first-rate resource from a trusted author, perfect for the task of growing more deeply through study, reflection, and practicing just how we live our beautiful Catholic faith.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington

"A wonderful guide."

“In a warm and accessible way, Bert Ghezzi offers the lifelong Catholic and the new convert a practical way of exploring and renewing their faith. Bert’s broad knowledge of and love for the faith is a wonderful guide for those who want to draw closer to Christ and the Church.”

Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore

"Hard-earned practical insights."

“Bert Ghezzi is a master at his craft and an obvious student of the classroom of silence. These pages are dripping not only with ageless wisdom, but also with the hard-earned practical insights that come from a lifelong struggle to live in wisdom.”

Matthew Kelly
Author of The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic

"A cohesive, pastoral compendium."

“In this cohesive, pastoral compendium of Catholic teaching, Bert Ghezzi draws upon the spirit and teachings of Vatican II, the deep biblical and sacramental traditions of the Church, personal narratives, and probing theological reflection to persuade readers to discover, deepen, and live the call to holiness as Catholic Christians in the world.”

Denise Morency Gannon
Founder and Director of the Roncalli Center

"An important resource for the New Evangelization.”

“Like the scribe who brings out things old and new, Bert Ghezzi shares wisdom garnered from his years of experience as a faithful Catholic, along with an appreciation for what is essential to Catholics who live in this current moment. The Heart of Catholicism is simultaneously a classical and contemporary presentation of the beliefs and practices of the Catholic faith and an important resource for the New Evangelization.”

Father Steve Grunow
CEO of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

"Belongs in every home and parish.”

“Whether you’re a lifelong Catholic, a convert to the faith, or a person who is pondering your relationship with Christ and his Church, treat yourself to The Heart of Catholicism by Bert Ghezzi. This is not a book you’ll read once and put on a shelf. Rather, it is a living invitation to more fully know and embrace Catholicism and its many gifts. Filled with resources, teachings, and reflection questions for individual or group study, Bert’s book belongs in every home and parish.”

Lisa M. Hendey
Author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms

"A fantastic breath of fresh air!"

“Bert Ghezzi’s book is a fantastic breath of fresh air! His language is thoughtful, simple, and clear, and his teaching is complemented with practical stories. He highlights the beauty of what it means to be Catholic. The entertaining anecdotes about challenges and opportunities invite individuals to reflect critically on their personal journeys of faith. His pastoral examples open doors for animated conversations with family, friends, and fellow parishioners. Once the book is in your hands you will not want to put it down!”

Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, M.H.S.H.
Director, Institute for Pastoral Initiatives
University of Dayton

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