Behold, Believe, Become

Meeting the Hidden Christ in Things We See, Say, and Do at Mass

Format: Paperback

Publication date: May 17, 2024


Embark on a transformative journey into the heart of Eucharistic worship with Behold, Believe, Become—where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and the Mass becomes a soul-saving, life-changing encounter with Christ, our Eucharistic Lord.

In Behold, Believe, Become, Timothy P. O’Malley, a distinguished leader in the Eucharistic Revival movement and bestselling author of Becoming Eucharistic People and Real Presence, shows you how to see differently—through newly formed habits of contemplation—fifteen ordinary, physical things that the Church uses at Mass to point us toward Christ. You will explore layers of meaning found in noble doors and stained-glass windows, sunlight and water, oil and fire, altars and church pews, and bread and wine become Body and Blood. O’Malley helps you see how each element tells us something about who Christ is and who we are to become as Christian people.

Inspired by the towering genius of the twentieth-century liturgical movement, Fr. Romano Guardini (1865–1968), O’Malley offers an unconventional walk through the Mass, highlighting that “matter matters.” This book doesn’t delve into the intricate history of Eucharistic Prayers or the doctrinal meaning of various words and actions. Instead, it provides a unique exploration of the material stuff of the Mass that we encounter from the time we enter the church until the time we depart at the end.

Whether you’re seeking personal growth or exploring this journey with a small group, Behold, Believe, Become is the perfect companion, providing brief online videos featuring Rachel and Jason Bulman of “Meet the Bulmans” and chapter-ending reflection questions to help connect your everyday life to the celebration of Mass. And for those craving a communal experience, a small-group leader’s guide and parish planning kit make this an invaluable resource for parishes, schools, and other Catholic communities.

Are you ready to witness the Mass in a new light? Behold, Believe, Become is your key to unlocking a richer, more meaningful Eucharistic experience.

Product Details

Pages: 128

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781646803385

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

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  • “Instills an awe and wonder that will lead you into the heart of worship.”

    “Cultivating an authentically Catholic religious imagination is a necessary foundation for learning to pray the Mass so that it is truly life changing every time. I am thrilled by Timothy O’Malley’s sometimes playful and always reverent contribution to this critical work at this time in Church history. Behold, Believe, Become instills an awe and wonder that will lead you into the heart of worship. Praise God!”

    Sr. Alicia Torres, FE
    National Eucharistic Revival executive team member

  • “Essential reading.”

    “This book is essential reading in these months of Eucharistic renewal and long beyond because it will spark a personal revival within your heart and push you to be at Mass with open eyes, a hungry mind, and a ready heart.”

    Katie Prejean McGrady
    Host of The Katie McGrady Show on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM

  • “Experience the Eucharist as a mystical moment.”

    Behold, Believe, Become is a summons to experience the Eucharist as a mystical moment where the divine meets the human in the fullness of our embodied existence. As the pages turn, the senses are extraordinarily drawn into seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing, and touching all matter related to the Eucharistic miracle.”

    Hosffman Ospino, PhD
    Professor of theology and religious education in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College

  • “This book will spark your sense of wonder.

    “If you’ve never understood what all the ‘smells and bells’ at Mass are for, then this book will spark your sense of wonder. Timothy O’Malley, like a masterful tour guide, pauses at the most ordinary objects and motions during Mass and helps us to see their extraordinary realities.”

    Tanner Kalina
    Author and evangelist

  • “This terrific writer and true believer has done it again!”

    “This terrific writer and true believer has done it again! These insightful, profound, and sometimes playful reflections on the source and summit of our faith—Sunday Mass—help us encounter Jesus and our deepest selves in the concrete stuff of the Eucharist. Never again will you see doors, water, altars, bread, or burning flames quite the same way.”

    Fr. Joe Laramie, SJ
    National director of the Pope’s Prayer Network and author of Love Him Ever More

  • “Courting the modern Catholic heart to contemplation within the Holy Mass.”

    “In Behold, Believe, Become, Timothy O’Malley is courting the modern Catholic heart to contemplation within the Holy Mass. It is a wooing of the human heart, wounded by our own inventions, to sit at the feet of Jesus and ponder his magnanimous love in the Eucharist. It is a persistent pursuit of the vagabond within us and invites us to become mystics.”

    Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR
    Founder of Corazón Puro

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