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2021 Illumination Book Awards, Gold Medal: Catholic
For almost a decade, popular priest and YouTube personality Fr. Bill Byrne wrote a column titled “5 Things” for his local church newspaper featuring five life hacks, prayer starters, or spiritual meditations to help readers grow closer to God and appreciate the small—but vital—things in life. Now, in a practical and engaging guide to embracing happiness, 5 Things with Father Bill features fifty topics to enhance ordinary days and holidays with insights, reflections, and encouragement.
Filled with wisdom and whimsy, readers will learn:
- ways to conquer fear,
- how to be a genius,
- the power of blessings and prayers,
- saints to emulate,
- tips for Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas, and even lessons from Maggie, Fr. Bill’s pet Labrador retriever.
About the Author
Father William (Bill) Byrne is a native of Washington, D.C. For 8 years he was the Pastor of St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill, developing and providing a special ministry for Catholic members of Congress. Currently, Fr. Bill is now pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, MD. In 2016 Pope Francis named Fr. Byrne a Missionary of Mercy for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Videos of his popular 5 Things series can be found on YouTube.