BECOMING AN ORDINARY MYSTIC: Spirituality for the Rest of Us
I should be further along on the spiritual journey. Why don’t I see any progress? What am I doing wrong?
Do you ever feel like you are walking in spiritual circles? While we might think it would be different for a Franciscan priest, Father Albert Haase shares the same struggles. And yet he also affirms that we are all called to be ordinary mystics, who, in the words of his own spiritual director, are “ordinary Christians who do what we are all called to do: respond to grace.” Learning to be a mystic is about cultivating a life with God in which we draw close, listen, and respond moment to moment. We know we will fail at times, but we can also be certain that we follow a God who never stops reaching out to us. This book offers a daily path to making the connection.
“This is the book many folks have been waiting for. In ordinary language with great examples and stories of real people, Father Haase leads us to understand the spiritual journey in ways that truly touch the heart.”
-Joseph Tedesco, O.C.S.O., Superior of Mepkin Abbey Trappist Monastery, Moncks Corner, SC
PRACTICAL HOLINESS: Pope Francis as Spiritual Companion
Good spiritual directors can be difficult to come by; this book offers Pope Francis to be yours. Ever wonder what advice the Pope would give you to help you grow in holiness, deepen your prayer life, know God’s will?
In Practical Holiness you’ll find the keys to discovering the answers to those questions. With anecdotes about people and stories about saints, this exploration of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, reminds you that there is no cookie-cutter approach to holiness and encourages you to rediscover your unique way of living out the Beatitudes and Jesus’s two-fold command of love. You’ll navigate through the “five great expressions of love of God and neighbor” – essential for any Christian in our self-absorbed, digital culture.
Reflection questions at the end of each chapter, as well as forty personal questions at the end of the book, make this ideal for reflection, adult faith formation, book clubs, spiritual directors and their directees, and further catechesis during the RCIA’s Mystogogia period between Easter and Pentecost.
“Fr. Haase’s illuminating reflections on Gaudete et Exsultate will convince you that you can be a saint. Pope Francis’s down-home message of holiness in action is unfolded with testimonies, anecdotes, and wisdom from Haase’s longtime experience as a spiritual director. As I read the book, I could sense grace tugging at my heart and drawing me closer to the Lord.”
-Bert Ghezzi, author of The Angry Christian and Saints at Heart
SAYING YES: Discovering and Responding to God’s Will in Your Life
Discerning God’s will is an ongoing process–not a static, one-time decision. Albert Haase, OFM, scholar of Christian spirituality and spiritual mentor to hundreds of people, reminds you that your ordinary life is the megaphone through which God communicates to you and to the world. Fr. Albert is known for offering clear, practical spiritual advice. This book, ranked for several weeks as Amazon’s #1 “Hot New Releases for Adult Christian Education,” is short, concise, practical and written with real life examples and reflection questions, making the ancient practice of discernment appealing and understandable.
“SAYING YES ‘scratches where we itch.’ Albert Haase, OFM has provided a blueprint and road map for discovering all the places, all the spaces and all the faces through which God speaks to us. Down-to-earth spirituality at its best!”
— Most Reverend Fernand J. Cheri, III, OFM, Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans
CATCHING FIRE, BECOMING FLAME: A Guide for Spiritual Transformation
Ever wonder how some people become enthusiastic and on fire about their relationship with God? In thirty-three short chapters, Albert Haase gives you the tools and kindling to prepare for the spark of God in your life — and then shows you how to fan it into flame until you are set ablaze. This book glows with time-tested wisdom as an experienced spiritual director shares the secrets of the saints.
Feel cold? Or maybe just smoldering? With supplemental reading suggestions and reflection questions, this eminently practical book functions like a personal, spiritual retreat.
You can watch Catholic TV of Boston’s 7-minute interview with Fr. Albert about this DVD here.
“Fr. Albert has the unique ability to grab one’s attention and not let go until you realize you’ve discovered something very profound. He’s an amazing storyteller and preacher who will help you discover the embers of the spiritual life that are smoldering deep within, just waiting to be set ablaze by God with the help of this spiritual master. Catching Fire, Becoming Flame provides essential and inspirational insights about the spiritual life that are guaranteed to set you on fire with love.”
– Don Schneider, Director of Evangelization & Catechesis, Archdiocese of Denver, CO
THIS SACRED MOMENT: Becoming Holy Right Where You Are
What does it mean to be a holy person? The answer might surprise you. Now in its 2nd printing, this delightful yet challenging book from spiritual director Albert Haase provides practical wisdom for becoming holy–right in the midst of “ordinary” life. “Any and every situation holds the grace for the transformation called holiness. . . . [By] imitating Christ and emptying myself for the benefit of another,” Haase writes, “I can become holy right where I am.”
He illustrates how we do this by highlighting real people becoming truly holy as they raise their kids, cope with illness, care for elderly parents or interrupt their day to show kindness to someone in the grocery store.
Haase also guides us in this new way of living, offering practices that help us discern what God is calling us to in each moment, as well as clear direction for living in the Spirit, the source of our holiness. Written in brief, engaging chapters combined with a few reflection questions, this book is designed to fit realistically into our already full lives.
“I believe that holiness is not as elusive or impossible as most of us think,” Haase says. “That’s not to say it’s easy; it certainly is not. But I think there are many people in the world . . . who know that God calls them right where they are. Living in and guided by the Spirit, they imitate Jesus: they selflessly respond to God’s call in this sacred moment for the enrichment of others.”
You can too. Here’s how.
This was reviewed by the Englewood Review of Books
“Haase has written an engaging book that is both reassuring and challenging for contemporary Christians desiring to become ‘holy right where you are.’
– Teresa Di Biase for Spiritual Directors International
LIVING THE LORD’S PRAYER: The Way of the Disciple
Contained in the Lord’s Prayer is a complete picture of our life with God. Covering topics ranging from our view of God to our most intimate human relationship to how we treat the world around us and the people in it, the Lord’s Prayer is a trustworthy guide for spiritual formation and a compact handbook for holiness. In Living the Lord’s Prayer, Father Albert Haase follows the lines of this greatest of all prayers, showing how the ideas have been understood by great people of faith in the past and revealing how they are useful for our spiritual formation today. With Haase’s counsel plus the wisdom of this great cloud of witnesses that includes Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Thérèse of Lisieux and others, you’ll discover how God can use this prayer to shape your very soul.
Including true stories and reflection questions for individual consideration or discussion with a spiritual director or small group, Living the Lord’s Prayer will teach you to live–rather than simply say–the Lord’s Prayer, and thereby to walk in the way of a true disciple.
During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, I collaborated with Pastor Phil Vestal of ruahspace.com on an AT HOME RETREAT WITH THE LORD’S PRAYER. This free retreat consists of twelve, 20-minute presentations and is loosely based upon this book. Each session includes a free PDF with a spiritual practice for the verse we’re discussing.
“I have rarely been inclined to describe a book as superb, but in this case, no other word will do.”
– Phyllis Tickle, compiler of The Divine Hours and author of The Great Emergence
COMING HOME TO YOUR TRUE SELF: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions
In Coming Home to Your True Self, Albert Haase invites you to return home – and shows you the way to get there. “Home,” he writes, “is the sacrament of the present moment. It is only in living right now, right here, that we discover our lives and this world awash in the grace of God.” Using the story of the prodigal son to illustrate the far country of our false self and the way back home to our true self in Christ, Haase introduces us to the spiritual disciplines that can help us find the path to the Father.
Rich with insights from Haase’s experiences as a spiritual director, this is a book for the weary, the lost, the regretful and guilty – essentially, a book for us all. No matter how long you’ve walked – God is still home.
This was reviewed by Publishers Weekly
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“Extremely practical and inspirational, readers from all walks and stages in the spiritual walk will find this material refreshing and instructional.”
– Michele Howe of faithfulreader.com