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Hammer and Fire: Way to Contemplative Happiness and Mental Health in Accordance with the Judeo-Christian Tradition Fr. Raphael Simon

Hammer and Fire: Way to Contemplative Happiness and Mental Health in Accordance with the Judeo-Christian Tradition

Fr. Raphael Simon

Published June 1st 2006
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Kindle Edition
323 pages
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There is a way to happiness that is meant for all, but the path is known by few. It is a tradition that has existed in Judeo-Christianity from the beginning, founded on the Scriptures, and nurtured by the Church. It is the way of prayer andMore     There is a way to happiness that is meant for all, but the path is known by few. It is a tradition that has existed in Judeo-Christianity from the beginning, founded on the Scriptures, and nurtured by the Church. It is the way of prayer and contemplation, and its goal is to become fully human and alive, integrated and mature, through a transforming union with Jesus Christ through which we become truly ourselves.This book is about that transforming union – Gods plan for our happiness.Praise for Hammer & FireIt seems that God raises up, for each era, a spiritual master to write a guidebook for those who desire to make progress in the spiritual life.Past eras have had Thomas a Kempis Imitation of Christ, St. Teresa of Avilas Way of Perfection, and St. Francis de Sales Introduction to the Devout Life.Today we have Fr. Raphael Simons Hammer & Fire, whose author, a Jewish psychiatrist turned Trappist monk, integrates the wisdom of past spiritual classics, his own experience as a contemplative monk, and a deep knowledge of contemporary psychology, to produce a spiritual guide uniquely suited to our time.This eminently practical guide is an invaluable resource for the man or woman of today who is seeking to find the one true happiness in this life – union with God.–Roy Schoeman, author Salvation is from the Jews and Honey From the RockHammer & Fire is an accessible and inspiring guide to the riches of the Catholic faith. Those who have had the good fortune of having known Fr. Raphael as a spiritual director will appreciate that now many others can experience the clear, simple, and beautiful wisdom of his guidance. A son of Abraham and a psychiatrist, by Gods grace Fr. Raphael became a most faithful monk and son of the Church.I highly recommend this excellent and very orthodox book.–Fr. Matthew Lamb, Chairman and Professor, Dept. of Theology, Ave Maria UniversityWith its message of Gods fatherly love and affection, Hammer & Fire is a blessing for every reader. The authors compassionate advice for those who suffer emotional ills addresses the necessary integration of the spiritual and psychological dimensions of the human person. As a psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of emotional-spiritual afflictions from a Catholic perspective, I highly recommend this timeless work.–Suzanne M. Baars, M.A., In His Image Christian Counseling