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The Teachings of the Church Fathers By John R. Willis, S.J.

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The Fathers of the Church have been a vital source of wisdom and inspiration for countless saints, popes, peasants, and converts throughout the history of the Church. In this powerful one-volume library, Father Willis presents more than 250 selected doctrinal topics in an exhaustive selection of writings from the major sources of the Church Fathers.

The Teachings of the Church Fathers is arranged thematically, much like the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to which this book is a useful supplement. He has gathered key paragraphs from the Church Fathers, collecting them under 250 topics and providing extensive cross-references. Wills lets the Fathers speak for themselves on a wide variety of spiritual themes. The result is a fat book that is easy to read.

“The Catholic who wants to convince non-Catholics of the antiquity of Church teachings and practices can find just the evidence he needs.” - Karl Keating, Author, Catholicism and Fundamentalism

“What a privilege it would be to sit before a cozy fire deep in conversation with all the Fathers of the Church - some of whom even personally knew the Apostles. Imagine them all talking to you about prayer, the love of God, and spirituality. You are in for a treat because Fr. John Willis has arranged just such an intimate meeting! He takes you back in time for a very up-to-date conversation with the Fathers in an easily readable and accessible format. Take a seat, open the book, and join the conversation.” - Stephen Ray, Author, Upon This Rock

About the author: Fr. John Willis was the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston College for many years as well as a professor in the History Dept. Originally an ordained minister for the Congregational Church. Fr. Willis converted to Catholicism in 1955, and entered the Society of Jesus that same year.

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Paperback, Size: 5” x 8”, 496 pp.