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Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94)
Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94)

Adding to his prolific theological bibliography, Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94), has authored two new books in the last two months: Heart of the Gospel — How the Beatitudes Show Us God's Plan for Happiness and Saint Joseph: The Man Closest to Christ.

In Heart of the Gospel, Fr. Sebastian — a professor of philosophy at St. Michael’s Abbey Seminary — expounds how the Beatitudes provide a roadmap to happiness. For wayward sinners who tend to wander off the path, this roadmap is a tremendous blessing. “Truly, the human heart is counterintuitive, and without Jesus we could not have found happiness on our own,” he writes in the introduction, offering a succinct analogy. “We were like flies vainly seeking the light of the sun through a windowpane, when the way out was an open door through the darkness right behind us.”

Saint Joseph: The Man Closest to Christ takes its cue from Pope Francis’s decision to declare 2021 the Year of St. Joseph. “In God's providence, it seems that the significance of Saint Joseph should remain largely hidden until the later ages of the Church,” Fr. Sebastian writes. “These truths — like a buried treasure — are gradually uncovered, allowing the Church to enter more fully into the mystery of Saint Joseph.”

Importantly, in examining the life and significance of St. Joseph, Fr. Sebastian deploys a precise theological method. “While there are many excellent devotional books on Saint Joseph, as well as many private revelations about his life, my intention is to draw primarily from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition,” he explains. “The reason for this is that the fonts of revelation are the very word of God by which all truth is measured; moreover, as the word of God, they contain more powerful seeds of truth which make for a more profound and certain development of doctrine.”

At the heart of both Heart of the Gospel and Saint Joseph: The Man Closest to Christ is the lucid exegesis of the Word of God, making them ideal as aids to theological reflection and spiritual meditation.

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