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Living & Sharing the Fullness of Faith!
I want to take just a few minutes to tell you about an extraordinary priest, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., probably our country’s foremost Theologian and Catechist in the 20th Century. A Jesuit, Fr. Kenneth Baker, the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review, a publication for priests, who had known Fr. Hardon for 30 years, characterized him as a “beacon of light in a stormy sea, a great defender of the Magisterium, his writings, his spiritual guidance for thousands of people, make him one of the most important priests of this century… helping every Catholic regardless of rank including Pope Paul VI and John Paul II and numerous Bishops, priests, religious and laity.”
Fr. Hardon was the author of over 40 books, which have sold millions of copies. Father served as a consultant to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is said that his writings make up 40% of that monumental work.
Mother Teresa asked him to be her chief catechist.
When Mother Angelica was about to lose EWTN to her local Bishop, she called Fr. Hardon who obtained a letter from the Holy See thanking Mother’s Bishop for his zeal in wanting to be in the television business, but at the same time informed him that the Congregation for Religious had made Mother’s institute one of Pontifical Rite, which saved her venture.
Thomas Monaghan, the Domino’s pizza magnet, started his many Church related activities and philanthropies after a nine day Ignatian retreat directed by Fr. Hardon, at which time Father said, “You know, Tom, you’re not going to get to Heaven with all those billions.” And, as we now can see, most of Mr. Monaghan’s money is going into Catholic endeavors.
These are just a sprinkling of the amazing life of Fr. Hardon, who has “strongly recommended” that you get your own copy of the booklet What Does Scripture Say? Fr. Hardon wants the authors to “make it as widely available as possible.”