Spiritually rich and theologically wise, Through the Church Year is an essential companion for Catholics wishing to engage more deeply with the observances of the liturgical year. In addition to giving a brief historical overview for the various feasts and seasons, renowned author Msgr. Francis D. Kelly offers his own reflections and meditations on their spiritual meaning and significance. This informative, accessible guide will enrich the spirituality and prayer life of readers, while deepening their understanding of and participation in the liturgy.
Msgr. Francis D. Kelly is a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, and is Superior of Casa Santa Maria in Rome, the house for English-speaking priests pursuing graduate studies in Rome. From 1979-1992 he was Executive Director of the Department of Religious Education at the National Catholic Educational Association and previously served as Diocesan Director of Religious Education in Worcester.
Growing up in a wonderful parish and Catholic grade school, I often remember the pastor and the sisters telling us that The feasts and seasons of the Church year are the best teacher of faith we have. Monsignor Kellys helpful and rewarding book shows the wisdom of that childhood lesson.
- Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
In this important collection of spiritual reflections, Monsignor Francis Kelly provides a valuable resource whereby we can establish or further develop a sense of the sacred in our lives. In the face of the increasingly hectic pace of daily life we need a prompting to help us pause and rediscover the presence of the Lord. Through the Church Year: Reflections for Feasts and Seasons provides such help for us, through an engaging and accessible guide for the liturgical seasons and the major solemnities and feast days of the saints. We are blessed to have such a helpful resource available to us. I highly recommend this book to all who seek to live their faith more fully and gain greater insight into the beauty of the Church.
- Cardinal S?®anOMalley, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Boston