Monday 22 October 2018

Call Him Father How to Experience the Fatherhood of God - Edward G. Maristany - Revised and Expanded Edition

Call Him Father
How to Experience the Fatherhood of God
Revised and Expanded Edition
Edward G. Maristany
Scepter Publishers
ISBN 9781594173318
eISBN 9781594173325

This book was first published in 1999, I read and reviewed the first edition of this book back in 2006. And I loved it. It was a little volume that I have read a number of times over. When I found out that a new revised and expanded edition came out in the spring of 2018 I had to read it. When I reviewed the first edition of this book I stated: “Fr. Maristany has written another great book. My only regret is that this, and Loving the Holy Mass, are the only two books I can find by Fr. Maristany.”. That sentiment remains after reading this revised and expanded edition.

In this expanded edition the book has been broken into three key sections, and has 19 numbered chapters in those sections. It follows a similar order for the material as the original volume. The contents of this new edition are:

We Are Children of God

 1. God’s Original Plan
 2. Baptism
 3. The Good News
 4. A Unique Love
 5. What the World Needs Now

Experiencing Our Divine Filiation

 1. The Role of Parents
 2. The Role of the Holy Spirit
 3. The Role of Jesus
 4. The Role of Mary
 5. Developing the Habit of Piety
 6. Addressing the Father in Our Prayer
 7. Trusting God in Times of Difficulty
 8. Worshipping the Father in the Mass
 9. Awareness of the Father’s Presence
10. Becoming Like a Little Child
11. Contrition
12. Working with a Right Intention

Keeping the Experience Alive

 1. The Danger of Activism
 2. The Danger of Routine

It is still not a large volume and is easily read over a long afternoon or if read in sections over a few days. Fr. Maristany draws from a few key source materials for his work, the Catechism, scriptures and the writings of Saint Josemaria Escriva. The focus of the teaching is that of sonship, or the concept of 'divine filiation' or, in simpler terms, we are God's children. Drawing from the Popes he states:

“See how beautifully Pope St. John Paul II put it while addressing a vast throng of young people: “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son Jesus.”

And Pope Francis completed the idea: “Our condition as children of God is the fruit of the love of the Father’s heart; it does not depend on our merits or on our actions, and thus no one can take it away, not even the devil! No one can take this dignity away.””

One of the greatest reminders for me in the book was:

“Every now and then throughout the day, exert yourself to take note—and advantage!—of the fact that your heavenly Father is keeping you company. Never fail to do this at night, when you go to bed. Put the burdens of the day aside—tomorrow will be another day—and go to your heavenly Father for refuge, comfort, and love.”

This is an amazing little book. The new revised edition is available as both a physical volume and an eBook. It is one of those books I have read many times and will read many times more. Even though Father Maristany has not published a large volume of work, his books are little treasures that will help you grow in your spiritual life!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2018 Catholic Reading Plan

Books by Father Edward G. Maristany:
Call Him Father: How to Experience the Fatherhood of God
Call Him Father: How to Experience the Fatherhood of God Revised Edition
Loving the Holy Mass

Spanish Editions:
Amar la Santa Misa
Llámale Padre

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