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Catholics love to celebrate the feasts, but often these celebrations become routine.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (September 22, 2014) - In their latest collaboration, The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics (Image, Sept. 16, 2014), Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina remind us of the reasons for the seasons and celebrations of the Church and show us how to find true joy in the feasts of Christ.

The authors examine the history and traditions behind both favorite and forgotten holidays, from Christmas to Valentine's Day to the Feast of the Sacred Heart. They demonstrate how through the feasts, ordinary Christians learn the life of Christ, share it, and come to imitate it.

"The feasts form us," write the authors, "They help to make us and remake us according to the pattern of the life of Jesus Christ. We number our days as we walk in his footsteps, from his birth to his baptism, from his passion to his resurrection, from his Ascension to his sending of the Spirit to make us saints. We do this faithfully every year, and it defines us as who we are."

This book continues the work of exploring the meaning and purpose of the most basic and beloved aspects of Catholic life, which the authors began in their books The Mass and The Church. The Feasts begins with introductory material about the Christian calendar, looking at the biblical origins of the feasts and the ways they've developed through the centuries. The authors then go on to examine the Church's individual major (and some minor) feasts and seasons.

Wuerl and Aquilina show readers how the feasts of Christ are like our family celebrations (baptisms, weddings, birthdays, etc.), only on a grand scale, noting "They are universal. They are eternal. They provide true joy that satisfies."

"The feasts are to time what churches are to space," write the authors, "They are moments we mark off as sacred. They are moments of special grace for our prayer and our common life as a family--a Church."

Included in The Feasts are more than two dozen beautiful black-and-white photos depicting various Church celebrations.

About the Authors
CARDINAL DONALD WUERL is the archbishop of Washington, D.C., and the author of The Catholic Way and New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today.

MIKE AQUILINA is the author of more than 20 books, including Angels of God and Fathers of the Church. He appears regularly on EWTN.

Praise for The Feasts
"In this highly approachable volume, co-authors Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina have combined sound research with pastoral sensitivity to take readers on a journey of discovery and inspiration through the Church's liturgical year. Beginning with the fundamental question of why the Church has always celebrated the Eucharist on Sundays, all the way to the origins of feasts of more recent vintage, such as Divine Mercy Sunday, this fine work reminds us that the feasts and seasons we celebrate are not just arbitrary events. Rather, we discover how the Church year is the Church's time-honored way of inviting present-day Christians to learn about, be challenged by, and find hope for the future through the unfolding of the Paschal Mystery in time and the witness of all the saints, upon whom 'we rely for unfailing help'" (Quotation taken from Eucharistic Prayer III). --Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville & President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

"This gracefully written book will serve not only as a splendid explanation of the Church's feasts and solemnities but also as an illuminating introduction to the faith itself. Mike Aquilina and Cardinal Wuerl have once again shown their prowess as champions of the new evangelization." --Robert Barron, author of Catholicism


Links
Sneak Peek: http://www.scribd.com/doc/239305642/The-Feasts-by-Cardinal-Donald-Wuerl-and-Michael-Aquilina

Author Q&A with Cardinal Wuerl: http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/interview-cardinal-donald-wuerl-on-new-book-the-feasts/

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrGXbG6Mem8

Blog Tour: http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/news-cardinal-donald-wuerl-and-mike-aquilinas-the-feasts-blog-tour/

For more information, visit ImageCatholicBooks.com

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Cardinal Wuerl or Mike Aquilina, please contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@penguinrandomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.

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http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/
CO, 80921 US
Katie Moore - Publicist, (719) 268-1936

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Mike Aquilina, The Feasts, Image Books,

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