This is a fascinating and powerful autobiographical interview of one of the most prominent and outspoken Cardinals appointed by Pope Francis. The biography alone is inspirational. But Cardinal Sarah’s commentary on Christian living in the modern world and his response to the controversial issues of the day—including the upcoming ordinary Synod of Bishops—are profound and invigorating. Robert Sarah is the only son of a convert Catholic couple who lived in a remote village of Guinea, West Africa. Inspired by the zeal of the Spiritan missionary priests who made great sacrifices to bring the Faith to Africans in the most neglected regions, his parents became Catholics. Robert discerned a call to the priesthood and entered the local seminary, but due to the oppression of the Church by the Communist dictator of Guinea, he had to continue his studies in France and then in nearby Senegal. He was appointed Archbishop of Conakry, Guinea by John Paul II, becoming the youngest Bishop in the Catholic Church. His predecessor had been imprisoned by the Communist regime for several years, and Archbishop Sarah himself—because of his refusal to be coopted by the President—was at the top of the governments list for assassination when John Paul II called him to Rome to be Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to be the Prefect of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. Here is a sample of his commentary on current issues of the day: “The idea of putting Magisterial teaching in a beautiful display case while separating it from pastoral practice, which then could evolve along with circumstances, fashions and passions, is a sort of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology. I therefore solemnly state that the Church in Africa is staunchly opposed to any rebellion against the teaching of Jesus and of the Magisterium . . . The Church of Africa is committed in the name of the Lord Jesus to keeping unchanged the teachi
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- Author : Fr. Jeff VonLehmen
- Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
- Release Date : 2015-07-16
- Genre : Religion
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : 9781483422688
Once a man sat in room. He felt closed in. There were no windows, doors or exits. But one of those walls was an illusion. Which wall is an illusion and would make the biggest difference in the world if we could see through it or take it down? It is said that the future of society depends on how well it treats the marginalized and the forgotten. What if the wall or illusion is not between the oppressed and oppressor, or the poor and the rich? What if we simply do not understand friendship or intimacy? What if the original wall is between woman and man, beauty and truth? What happens if we have man without woman, or woman without man, or truth without beauty? Herein lies the illusion. In a separation of truth from beauty, men from women, people become objects, disposable and replaceable. The author shows us the wondrous simplicity of evolved lives and a changed world that is possible through spiritual and intellectual evolution.
Once a man sat in room. He felt closed in. There were no windows, doors or exits. But one of those walls was an illusion. Which wall is an illusion and would make the biggest difference in the world if we could see through it or take it down? It is said that the future of society depends on how well it treats the marginalized and the forgotten. What if the wall or illusion is not between the oppressed and oppressor, or the poor and the rich? What if we simply do not understand friendship or intimacy? What if the original wall is between woman and man, beauty and truth? What happens if we have man without woman, or woman without man, or truth without beauty? Herein lies the illusion. In a separation of truth from beauty, men from women, people become objects, disposable and replaceable, the author shows us the wondrous simplicity of evolved lives and a changed world that is possible through spiritual and intellectual evolution.
The love of God is arguably the most central doctrine of the Christian faith, and yet, remarkably, the subject of God's love has not received the attention it deserves. In Nothing Greater, Nothing Better an international team of distinguished theologians and biblical scholars admirably fills this need, offering clear and inspiring discussion of the nature of God's love and its implications for the Christian life. Kevin J. Vanhoozer begins the book by outlining the proper theological context of and main issues involved in meaningful talk about God's love today. Gary D. Badcock revisits the distinction between agape and eros, crafting a fresh understanding of these terms in relation to God's loving act in Christ. Geoffrey Grogan reviews the biblical evidence that ought to guide our thinking about God's love. Lewis Ayres examines Augustine's view of God's love as expressed in his commentary on 1 John and in his profound work on the Trinity. Trevor Hart examines the perils of using human language to speak of God, including attempts to fully grasp the concept of God's love. Alan J. Torrance looks for insight in the great Johannine assertion "God is love." Tony Lane queries the possibility of thinking about God's wrath and God's love together. Paul Helm asks whether God can love the world, turning, provocatively, to natural theology for an answer. David Fergusson takes up the vital eschatological concern: will the love of God ultimately triumph? The book closes with a sermon on Hosea 11 by Roy Clements that moves reflection on God's love from dogmatics to doxology. Though exploring the subject of God's love from many angles, these chapters are united in their understanding that it is not human love per se, but rather the love of the man Jesus -- representative both of God and of an authentic humanity -- that is the ultimate criterion for thinking about the love of God. Readers will find this volume both thought-provoking and spiritually uplifting.
Do you know God? Have you started your relationship with Him? Is your relationship with God growing to the extent that He is the priority in all your cares and feelings? This book deals with these issues from an Orthodox Christian perspective.
Kathryn Kuhlman presents the God she knew--the God who is a specialist in doing the impossible and who is able to do anything but fail.
Faith Beyond Reason, a book by A.W. Tozer, is a compilation of sermons on the book of John. It is within this series of sermons that you will find A.W. Tozer addressing the whole truth that all things are possible with God. Tozer takes us in Faith Beyond Reason to a new understanding of our spiritual birth and human conscience and addresses our enlightened spirit, inner knowledge and the resurrection. IT is these truths that sustain us in our Christian walk. Faith Beyond Reason comes to us with insights of faith and Tozer takes an in depth look and what it stands on. In Tozer's typical fashion and style, he explores the things that are beyond or frail human understanding. Faith Beyond Reason will leave you with a new and empowering sense of the faith while subtly revealing the power of God in our lives. The question every Christian must ask as they prepare to walk with God is, do they really believe that the God they worship will move heaven and earth for them if they truly trust in Him? The whole premise of this book is that with God nothing is impossible especially when it comes to His children. We must act with faith and do what is needed.
Meister Eckhart, a now-popular medieval German mystic, provides the contemporary person with a way of living that centers on nothing but God in everyday life. He insists that everyone—whatever they have done, whatever they believe—is one with God. Because of this, the good Meister sees no opposition between our spiritual and daily lives. We access oneness with God through letting go. Bliss and freedom flow from giving birth to this divine oneness right where we are. This book intends to help us live this everyday mysticism by prayer and letting go. Meister Eckhart invites all of us to realize our divine oneness in the midst of raising a family, commuting, doing our jobs, cooking, cleaning, and scheduling. Meister Eckhart preaches that God is one with every one of us in our everyday lives.
We have all experienced a disconnect between God's promises to us and our everyday reality. We wait, without understanding why. We want to know God's plan so that we can trust it--but God so often hides his plan so that we will trust him. What can we do in the meantime as we are waiting for an answer, a change, or a miracle? With deep compassion, Wayne Stiles helps readers understand why God makes them wait. Unpacking the Old Testament story of Joseph, Stiles shows readers how to find comfort and opportunity in the time between God's promises and his answers, revealing the perspective-altering truth that sometimes when we think we are waiting on God, he is actually waiting on us. Anyone who has felt a disconnect between God's promises and their reality, who doesn't know what God wants them to do next, or who struggles with the brokenness of their world will find in Wayne Stiles a wise and trustworthy guide to finding peace in the pauses.
- Author : Robert Anthony Schuller
- Publisher : Hachette UK
- Release Date : 2012-03-28
- Genre : Religion
- Pages : 272
- ISBN : 9781455506552
Everyone gets "down to nothing" at some point in life, whether in relationships, finances, vision and courage for the future, physical or emotional exhaustion, or disappointment with God--everybody at some time comes to the end of their rope. It's exactly at those points that God does His best work. When we're down to nothing, God is up to something--truths to teach us, answers to satisfy us, assurance to bolster us, resources to supply us, or directions to guide us. In this book, Robert Schuller chronicles a particularly dark period in his life and shares with the reader what he learned God was up to in his relationsips, meeting his needs like health and finances, providing guidance in his emotional life, but most of all, in learning to know and trust God more.
This book is dedicated to the millions of people who have questioned God in the midst of trying to conquer life's challenges. Challenges that are designed for one to embrace god during the times of needing clarity and help while simultaneously reasoning beyond one's feeling of acknowledging his absence. An absence that may have caused many to realize only after trails or storms that god simply is, and our declaration in relationship to him must be to proclaim I AM.Confessing I am; is our acceptance of God as our total and only source in recognition of being his creation. In this book you will find decrees and declarations about being versus becoming that empowers the pre-destined you with principles for a purposeful and powerful outlook on faith. Remember our faith in God will never allow the plans of his purpose to close us out his promises based on the ailments of life's problems. Always decree and declare my best is still to come. Please note not to just read this book but rather find yourself in this book. He is so I AM, and we are. Blessings from Dr. David Harrison
This introduction to the writing and preaching of the greatest medieval European mystic contains selections from his sermons, treatises, and sayings, as well as Table Talk, the records of his informal advice to his spiritual children.
One of the most influential voices in contemporary theology delivers “a deeply original, meticulously written” new approach to the way we think about God (Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography). In this long-awaited work, Ray L. Hart offers a radical speculative theology that profoundly challenges classical understandings of the divine. God Being Nothing contests the conclusions of numerous orthodoxies through a probing question: How can thinking of God reach closure when the subjects of creation are themselves unfinished, when God’s self-revelation in history is ongoing, and when the active manifestation of God is still occurring? A renowned theologist and author of the landmark text Unfinished Man and the Imagination, Ray L. Hart now asks us to imagine God perpetually in process: an unfinished God being self-created from nothingness. Breaking away from the traditional focus on divine persons, Hart reimagines the Trinity in terms of theogony, cosmogony, and anthropogony in order to reveal an ever-emerging Godhead who encompasses all of temporal creation and, within it, human existence. In Hart’s stunning vision, God’s continual generation from nothing manifests the full actualization of freedom: the freedom to create ex nihilo.
Meister Eckhart, a now-popular medieval German mystic, provides the contemporary person with a way of living that centers on nothing but God in everyday life. He insists that everyone--whatever they have done, whatever they believe--is one with God. Because of this, the good Meister sees no opposition between our spiritual and daily lives. We access oneness with God through letting go. Bliss and freedom flow from giving birth to this divine oneness right where we are. This book intends to help us live this everyday mysticism by prayer and letting go. Meister Eckhart invites all of us to realize our divine oneness in the midst of raising a family, commuting, doing our jobs, cooking, cleaning, and scheduling. Meister Eckhart preaches that God is one with every one of us in our everyday lives.
Argues for a life based on humility, service, and sacrifice instead of the accepted worldview of a life valuing fame and recognition.
Staples offers his testimony of God's faithfulness and miraculous healing from his two encounters with a rare, deadly cancer in 1995 and 2000. (Motivation)
Ever feel alone, unloved or heartbroken? Or maybe you long to behold God's love in greater dimensions? Rest assure, He is near to the brokenhearted and always welcomes us to receive more of His love. The humbling truth of His love reveals, nothing we do makes us worthy, yet He desires an ongoing and intimate relationship with us. God's love is exceptional and enriches our lives in meaningful ways! In this remarkable book, Betty M. Cross guides us through abiding in the love of God as a lifestyle; and searching out its dimensions-length, breadth, depth and height-though it cannot fully be described, love undeniably is more than agape and unconditional; nourishing every aspect of our lives and extends grace and mercy to us. To help achieve this, Betty's plan covers:Accepting God's love and abiding therein; knowing our value and identity in Jesus Christ and loving ourselves;and genuinely loving and selflessly serving others.The most secure place one could ever be is in the presence and love of God. Nothing and no one compares to the love of Jesus. After all, how could anything be greater than the Source-Love itself; the only One able to fill our voids? On this journey we answer the call to passionately seek the love God.