This popular presentation of the Catholic faith by a leading Catholic evangelist explores how to live spiritually in an ever more complex world. Reflecting on his own life and the world around him, Father Patrick Brennan offers readers profound truths about our lives as Catholics today.
Focusing on the foundations of faith, his questions are universal: What teachings of Jesus can inspire us to overcome difficult times? How can average Christians apply mercy and justice in their everyday lives? Can someone disagree with certain teachings of the church and still be a faithful Catholic? Why is forgiveness essential to freedom? What is effective prayer? What does it mean to be holy?
Addressing these questions and many more, Fr. Brennan helps us see how our faith can make clear what matters most in our lives and the lives of those we love. Patrick J. Brennan is founder and director of the National Center for Evangelization and Parish Renewal located in Chicago. He has authored more than 15 books, articles and audio series, including The Mission Driven Parish (Orbis, 2007). He also produces ""Horizons,"" a weekly radio and cable TV program.
Patrick J. Brennan
Patrick J. Brennan was the founder of the Office for Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the pastor of Holy Family Parish in Inverness, Illinois for over 14 years. He has been an instructor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago, since 198 L He currently works as the Director of Development for Mayslake Ministries in Lombard, Illinois. He has authored more than 15 books, including The Mission Driven Parish. He also produces "Horizons," a weekly radio and cable TV program.
Challenging, candid, relevant! Fr. Brennan weaves together contemporary issues, Scripture, and psychology in short, meaningful reflections. The completed tapestry offers us a satisfying way to live our faith. This is a helpful book for those seeking to relate the gospel to thei everyday experiences.
- Madelyn Gould, S.S.S.F., Pastoral Minister, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Naperville, Illinois
Poetic and personal, these reflections arise from broad scholarship and deep introspection. Brennan gathers writings of many years-sermons and essays sharing a mother lode of wisdom with a wider audience. A book that is 'catholic' in every sense of the word.
- Timothy E. O'Connell, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago
Patrick Brennan is a gifted priest and an extraordinary preacher. With Common Sense Faith we get a glimpse at the beauty and depth of his soul.
- Monsignor Kenneth Velo, Senior Executive for Catholic Collaboration, DePaul University
Fr. Brennan offers us intelligent, thoughtful, and inspiring insight into what it means to follow Jesus faithfully in today's cultural context. This is brilliant theology for authentic spirituality and faith-filled ethical living-a valuable resource for every adult Catholic.
- Robert A. Ludwig, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago