The Faith in Practice
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By Philip Hughes
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” What does belief ask of me? What actions does my assent to faith in the Living God command? How should the Credo form my heart, enlighten my soul, and instruct my mind, to love, serve, and know the Lord?
“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” –Pope Benedict XVI
In The Faith in Practice, Monsignor Philip Hughes shows that Catholicism is not a mere collection of lofty ideas; it is a life to be lived and a means—the only means—to live that life. This book not only recalls what faith offers to men and women of every age and place, but states also what we must do to obtain it and how we must act in order to live it. An accomplished preacher and professor, Hughes marries the fervor of the former with the sagacity of the latter in showing how each truth of the Christian faith has a role to play in the eminently practical matter of uniting us to our Creator.
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Philip Hughes (1895–1967) was a Roman Catholic priest, ecclesiastical historian, and prolific author. After holding a professorship in history at St. Thomas College, he served as pastor at various English parishes, as archivist for the Archdiocese of Westminster, and as professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. Outstanding among his many works are the three-volume A History of the Church and The Church in Crisis.