Practice for Heaven

True Stories from a Modern Missionary

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Remembered as a devoted and passionate defender of the Faith, Cardinal Edward Egan played a pivotal role in revitalizing the Catholic Church in New York. From strengthening parishes and schools to expanding religious education programs and inviting new religious orders to the City, he left an indelible mark on the faithful in New York and beyond.

In the year prior to his death in March 2015, Cardinal Egan collected and edited fifty articles he had written over several decades to be published in this single volume.

With an approachable yet elegant style, you’ll read about his interaction with a music store clerk who reluctantly sold him heavy-metal music he was buying as research for an upcoming talk to students. You’ll read how the books he gave to two pagans led them to pray together for the first time, and how he convinced a hotel manager to read a chapter from St. Francis de Sales’s Introduction to the Devout Life.

Cardinal Egan was an evangelizer and a modern missionary. As he said himself, all of his efforts as a priest were “practice” for getting into heaven.

Read this book and you’ll come to a greater appreciation of Cardinal Egan’s life and accomplishments, and you’ll peer into the mind of one of America’s most respected and well-regarded Cardinals.

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""We can now all enjoy the wonderfully effective prose of this master teacher.""

Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Archbishop of New York
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""This is a book of hope for every age, for men and women, old or young; for folk believing in God, and for those who don't.""

Virginia Barton
Oxford, England
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"Cardinal Egan has the eye of a painter, the ear of a musician, the soul of a parish priest, always willing to accompany others and to find joy and meaning in life as he 'practiced for heaven."

Brian D. Wallace
Fairfield County Catholic, Diocese of Bridgeport
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"Inspiring insights into Catholic spiritual life and faith."

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington
  • Pages: 320
  • Format(s): Sale-priced ppbk, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622823-413
  • Product Code: 3413
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Hints for Salvation
One of the most celebrated cardinals America had shares his folksy wisdom on how to get to heaven. These 50 sermons that span almost 50 years inspire and are a joy to read. The Cardinal's prose flows and before you know it you've completed his sermon. Each leaves you with a thought of how to be a better Catholic. It is a pity that Cardinal Egan has left us but we are lucky that the last thing he did in his retirement was to compile his best of the best! This book gives an appreciation of his holiness and his love for the church. It is a page-turner that will leave you a better person!
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A reality of faith, love, and God, right here on earth.
This book is a blessing! It brings about a deeper appreciation for the faith.
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Excellent book from perhaps the best homilist that the Roman Catholic Church has ever produced. Well worth the read.
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Great stories
Really good book. He is quite the storyteller.
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I always wondered why the cardinal had gotten a reputation in some circles as being cold. After seeing some of the videos of his radio program on Sirius Radio and this book, I would think otherwise. The priest I saw and read was a man of warmth, good humor, and, above all, a man of God. May he rest in peace in the company of Our Lord.
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