By Fr. John Henry Hanson. O. Praem
It does us all good to refresh, renew, and rediscover what it means to be human, to be a child of God. In Fr. John Henry’s latest book, he desires to lead you “home” through a prayerful revitalization of your faith in God’s plan for you—your story—by recalling its incredible beauty and depth. He reminds you that your identity as a Christian is strengthened through the sacraments—gifts of the Church that accompany and enrich you through life.
“…if people are still people, and the world operates according to all the patterns Ecclesiastes says it does, with sunrise and sunset, rivers flowing to the sea, and the birth and death of all living things (cf. Eccl 1, 3), we should look deeper for an inner renewal caused by grace. Change without grace, renovation without interior renewal, is spiritually worthless. The thing remodeled, so to speak, remains what it always was. The most important kind of regeneration isn’t outward or skin-deep but takes places in the hidden depths of the soul.”
Allow yourself to be reminded that God is a lover whose very desires for you will lead you directly to fulfillment and everlasting joy. The author hopes for you to live the resounding cry:
“My story must flow from him,and return to him.”
Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem., is a Norbertine priest of St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, CA. He entered the community in 1995, earned his STB and master's in theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. Currently, he is a formator in his community's seminary. He also preaches retreats, is chaplain to several communities of women religious, and serves Armenian rite Catholics at the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Glendale, CA.