I’ve been shaking my head over this all day, muttering words of gratitude and offering up astonished prayers.

Not only did I receive an extraordinary, gracious and fantastic endorsement of my forthcoming book, “Faith at Work: Making a Career of Becoming a Saint” today, it came from an extraordinary, gracious and fantastic individual.

Fr. C.J. McCloskey, III is a priest of Opus Dei who is no stranger to grateful converts. Among those he has helped shepherd into the Church: Senator Sam Brownback, Lawrence Kudlow, Robert Novak and even the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Incredible.

I have been a huge admirer of the spirituality of Opus Dei for years, and my book includes a couple quotes from the founder St. Josemaria Escriva. Fr. McCloskey is in many ways typical of the priests of Opus Dei I have been fortunate enough to know: deeply committed to personal sanctity, practical, and unbelievably intelligent. Although I haven’t met him personally, I hope to have that privilege in the future. Here’s what he said:

At  the heart of  the pontificates of Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI is a proper explanation and putting into action of the core message of the Second Vatican Council which is “The Universal Call to Holiness” and that includes the 98.5% of the faithful of the Church, who are lay people. Only if they are energized and helped to seek and live holiness in the middle of the world can the “new springtime” of the Church be accomplished. In this fine readable and eminently practical book, Kevin Lowry shows in this case “the angel is in the practical  details.” This “how to” book will help you to imitate Jesus in his hidden life as a working man and live day by day what Blessed John Paul II referred to as the “Fifth Gospel.”

– Rev. C. John McCloskey is a Church Historian and Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C.

Thank you, Fr. McCloskey! My prayers are with you and the work of Opus Dei!