—Scott Hahn, Scripture
scholar and author, The Lamb’s Supper:
The Mass as Heaven on Earth
“Anyone who loves the Mass, and even those who think Mass is
boring, need to read Mark Hart's newest book, Behold the Mystery. Hart's
clarity, humor, and faith will help all Catholics become more engaged, active
participants in liturgy—and in life. And for Mark, that’s one and the same.”
—Fr. Leo E.
Patalinghug, priest, author, TV & radio host, and founder of www.GraceBeforeMeals.com
“You already know Mark Hart as a smart, funny, Spirit-filled
leader and speaker. When you read this book, you will also know him as a
pastoral theologian—in the style of Pope Francis—who can make you, me, and your
non-practicing Catholic neighbor fall in love with God all over again through
—Fr. Jonathan Morris,
program director, The Catholic Channel, SiriusXM 129, Fox News religion analyst,
and author, God Wants You Happy
As Catholics, the Mass should be a mountaintop experience for us. Often, though, we go through the motions at Mass without an appreciation for what has really happened. Popular speaker and author Mark Hart helps Catholics move beyond the repetition and ritual to see the Mass for what it really is: a heavenly banquet, a wedding feast, in which heaven and earth meet. In his engaging style, Hart guides readers toward a deeper understanding of the Mass—its roots in the Jewish Sabbath, its sacrificial character, and its signs and symbols. As we are told to “go in peace,” he inspires us to see the Mass as a place to be nourished so that we can further Christ’s mission in the world.
In the last part of the book, Hart provides pithy answers to frequently asked questions, such as “Why can’t I leave right after Communion?” or “Why did the words change?” Finally, Hart offers ten things we can do to get more out of Mass.
Mark Hart is executive vice president for Life Teen International as well as an award-winning author, a popular speaker, and the host of the SiriusXM Catholic radio show “Fired Up!” His weekly podcast and DVD Bible study resources have helped Catholics of all ages to read and study Scripture. He lives in Phoenix with his wife, Melanie, and their four children.
There are lots of ways to spread joy to others, and social media is a creative way to do it. Tweet Inspiration is a compact treasury of inspiration, with a good dose of humor, gathered from Mark Hart's extensive collection of tweets on faith and life in general. Scattered throughout the book are call-out boxes with Mark's expanded thoughts and insights on various topics.
How can you be inspired and encouraged in this short format? Here are some examples:
Whether you have an active faith that needs to be strengthened, or are seeking to establish contact with God for the first time, you will find something here to help you find the God who is already seeking you.
Get ready to be surprised, inspired, and challenged—in 140 characters or less! #Youwillbeblessed.
ow can you be inspired and encouraged in this short format? Here are some examples:
As Catholics, the Mass is the center of our Faith. We celebrate it every day. We know all the responses. We know all the gestures. But do we know what it all means?
In A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, Dr. Edward Sri takes us on a unique tour of the Liturgy. Based on the revised translation of the Mass, this book explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the Liturgy and explains their profound significance. This intriguing look at the Mass is sure to renew your faith and deepen your devotion to the Eucharist.
This book is used as the text for A Biblical Walk Through the Mass Study Program, but it may also be purchased separately at steep bulk discounts. For those not able to attend a study, this is a perfect resource for catechesis on the deep riches of the Mass.