Witness to Hope

Author: George Weigel

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780062996015

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1056

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"Fascinating...sheds light on the history of the twentieth century for everyone."--New York Times Book Review Now, with an updated preface, the latest edition of the definitive biography of Pope John Paul II that explores how influential he was on the world stage and in some of the most historic events of the twentieth century that can still be felt today. Witness to Hope is the authoritative biography of one of the singular figures--some might argue the singular figure--of our time. With unprecedented cooperation from John Paul II and the people who knew and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel offers a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions defined a new approach to world politics--and changed the course of history. As even his critics concede, John Paul II occupied a unique place on the world stage and put down intellectual markers that no one could ignore or avoid as humanity entered a new millennium fraught with possibility and danger. The Pope was a man of prodigious energy who played a crucial, yet insufficiently explored, role in some of the most momentous events of our time, including the collapse of European communism, the quest for peace in the Middle East, and the democratic transformation of Latin America. With an updated preface, this edition of Witness to Hope explains how this "man from a far country" did all of that, and much more--and what both his accomplishments and the unfinished business of his pontificate mean for the future of the Church and the world.

Lead Yourself First

Author: Raymond M. Kethledge,Michael S. Erwin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1632866331

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 5770


"Lead Yourself First makes a compelling argument for the integral relationship between solitude and leadership." --The Wall Street Journal Throughout history, leaders have used solitude as a matter of course. Martin Luther King found moral courage while sitting alone at his kitchen table one night during the Montgomery bus boycott. Jane Goodall used her intuition in the jungles of central Africa while learning how to approach chimps. Solitude is a state of mind, a space where you can focus on your own thoughts without distraction, with a power to bring mind and soul together in clear-eyed conviction. But these days, handheld devices and other media leave us awash with the thoughts of others. We are losing solitude without even realizing it. To find solitude today, a leader must make a conscious effort. This book explains why the effort is worthwhile and how to make it. Through gripping historical accounts and firsthand interviews with a wide range of contemporary leaders, Raymond Kethledge (a federal court of appeals judge) and Michael Erwin (a West Pointer and three-tour combat veteran) show how solitude can enhance clarity, spur creativity, sustain emotional balance, and generate the moral courage necessary to overcome adversity and criticism. Anyone who leads anyone--including oneself--can benefit from solitude. With a foreword by Jim Collins (author of the bestseller Good to Great), Lead Yourself First is a rallying cry to reclaim solitude--and all the benefits, both practical and sublime, that come with it.

John Paul II and the Jewish People

Author: David G. Dalin,Matthew Levering

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742559998

Category: Religion

Page: 175

View: 9398


As a collection of essays, John Paul II and the Jewish People is united by the towering figure of John Paul II and by the ever-increasing urgency of Jewish-Christian understanding and reconciliation. Each contribution is rich and instructive, and the resulting whole offers a fascinating picture of the relationship of Jews and Christians today.

Called to Existence through Love... for Love

Author: John S. Hamlon

Publisher: John Hamlon

ISBN: 0578820498

Category: Religion

Page: 300

View: 6914


Called to Existence through Love… for Love is the “do-it-yourself” version of an introductory class on John Paul II’s thought that has had a long and lively run. This tutorial is for those who like to poke their noses into places where they “don’t belong,” in this case, material considered too difficult for “non-academic” persons to comprehend. Although the target audience is the inquiring, motivated Catholic, the content is universal—one does not have to be Catholic to benefit from the thought of John Paul II and other notable sages like Edith Stein, Dietrich von Hildebrand, and Paul VI. Welcome to a timely look at love and truth, marriage and family!

Popes, Councils, and Theology

Author: Owen F. Cummings

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 172528894X

Category: Religion

Page: 394

View: 1433


Do you wish to understand something of the contemporary Catholic Church? If you do, then this book is for you. It offers a careful overview of the history of the church from the mid-nineteenth century, with Pope Pius IX, until the present day, with Pope Francis. It deals with two major councils of the church, Vatican I (1869-70) and Vatican II (1962-65). Furthermore, it provides a detailed and accurate summary of the major theological movements in the church during this period.

Toward a Theology of Struggle

Author: Eleazar S. Fernandez

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1606082361

Category: Religion

Page: 200

View: 4004


The Theology of Struggle is a genuinely popular Fillipino theology rooted in the history and culture of a people who have endured colonial oppression at the hands of Spain, North America, and Japan, as well as neo-colonialism and home grown dictatorship. Because Christianity has played a role in assisting the history of oppression in the Phillippines, a theology of struggle must include a struggle in theology, to wrest Christian symbols from the hands of the oppressors and return them to the poor. This theology, which is otherwise expressed in articles, poems, art, and action, receives its first systematic treatment in Toward a Theology of Struggle. In Part On, Fernandez establishes the historical and cultural context out of which the Theology of Struggle has emerged. Part Two represents Fernandez's own constructive work, in which he shows how a theology of struggle must address the quest for identity and peoplehood. In Part Three, Fernandez explores the question of theological method, outlining the areas of convergence and distinction between the Theology of struggle and other Third World theologies, as well as setting forth the distinctive challenge that this theology of the Philippines poses to the authority and dominance of Western theology as a whole.

The Teachings of Modern Roman Catholicism on Law, Politics, and Human Nature

Author: John Witte,Frank S. Alexander

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231142618

Category: Religion

Page: 499

View: 1765


This Landmark three volume series examines how modern Catholic, Protestant & Orthodox thinkers have responded to the most pressing political, legal & ethical questions of our time.

The Essence of Christianity

Author: Bruno Forte

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802826572

Category: Religion

Page: 132

View: 825


Postmodern thought has attempted to strip many traditional values and beliefs of their power, and the Christian faith is no exception. In this spiritually and intellectually wise book Bruno Forte upholds the essence -- the heart and meaning -- of Christianity despite the claims of the contemporary world. In the tradition of thinkers like Feuerbach, Harnack, and Guardini, Forte restates what is unique, reliable, and universal about Christianity for our current age. After outlining in broad terms the nature of postmodernity and its challenges to traditional faith, Forte proceeds, with the voice of one intimately in love with God, to present anew what lies at the heart of genuine Christianity and why it is still good news for women and men today. Among the many books on postmodernism, this one is distinct for its conscientious dialogue with postmodern culture and its clear proclamation of meaningful faith. It will interest everyone pondering the role of Christianity in contemporary life. Edmondo Lupieri (general editor) This new series seeks to introduce readers in the English-speaking world to people and events in Italian socio-religious history that have been pivotal to the formation and growth of Western civilization. ITSORS volumes include classical source texts never before available in English and fresh studies representing the best of contemporary Italian scholarship. Titles in this Series: The Essence of Christianity The Mandaeans: The Last Gnostics The Travels of Friar Odoric: A 14th-Century Journal of the Blessed Odoric of Pordenone

Between Advents

Author: Bruce L. Taylor

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 166670251X

Category: Religion

Page: 206

View: 5739


Between Advents continues Bruce Taylor’s series of sermons for the Common Lectionary (Revised), offering theologically rich, sacramentally reflective, ecumenically compatible, and biblically centered proclamations for the Sundays and major feast days of Year C, from Advent through Eastertide. Included is an appendix, featuring a sermon preached in departure from the lectionary on the occasion of a high school baccalaureate service conducted shortly after the United States military invasion of Iraq. His strong commitment to Christian unity and deep appreciation of the heritage and contemporary relevance of the church and the importance of individual discipleship are a common thread in these sermons for the first half of the church year featuring Gospel readings from Luke. Included is a sampling of engaging story sermons, illustrating how this style of preaching can be used in lectionary-based preaching. Preachers and devotional readers alike will find Between Advents to be a valuable companion as they discover the profound beauty of sacramental worship through the course of the liturgical year and meditate on the Scripture passages commended for Christian worship in the lectionary cycle.

Prophetic Witnesses to Joy

Author: Juliet Mousseau

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814666841

Category: Religion

Page: 120

View: 3722


A life of consecration prefigures what Christians hope for by calling into question the value of power, sexuality, and material possessions. Religious life challenges the idea that these things alone bring happiness and shows that we can be more fulfilled, happier, and more whole without being attached to them. Furthermore, detaching ourselves from these desires allows others to live with more dignity and greater ease, as well. Consecrated life, then, is a prophetic witness to the joy of the eschatological call of Christianity. In the words of Pope Francis to religious men and women leading up to the Year of Consecrated Religious, “Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living!”