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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"The priesthood is going through a dark time", according to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Robert Cardinal Sarah. "Wounded by the revelation of so many scandals, disconcerted by the constant questioning of their consecrated celibacy, many priests are tempted by the thought of giving up and abandoning everything." In this book, the pope emeritus and the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments give their brother priests, and the whole Church, a message of hope. They honestly address the spiritual challenges faced by priests today, while pointing to deeper conversion to Jesus Christ as the key to faithful and fruitful priestly ministry and genuine reform. Benedict XVI and Cardinal Sarah "fraternally offer these reflections to the people of God and, of course, in a spirit of filial obedience, to Pope Francis", who has said, "I think that celibacy is a gift for the Church. . . . I don't agree with allowing optional celibacy, no." Responding to calls for refashioning the priesthood, including proposals from participants in the Amazonian Synod, two wise, spiritually astute pastors explain the importance of priestly celibacy for the good of the whole Church. Drawing on Vatican II, they present celibacy as not just "a mere precept of ecclesiastical law", but as a sharing in Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross and his identity as Bridegroom of the Church.
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.
So many Christians are living their lives committed to Jesus, they say, but are experiencing defeat and dont understand why. Having the fullness of the life of Christ and everything he has to offer keeps eluding them. They consistently ask questions, seek answers, and try to discover the reasons that cause their defeat. The answer to experiencing a full life in Christ is really quite simple. All or Nothing answers the question for everybody, Christian or not, by unveiling clearly something they already know. In Gods kingdom, the way to a fruitful and satisfying life is acquired through one step. God confirmed his Word to the author in a dream, and she reveals the details of her dream and the one-step plan that God has prescribed for all of us. All or Nothing will show you how to use Gods plan to enjoy a God-filled and purposeful life, which is his expected end for you.
In this long-awaited work, Ray L. Hart offers a speculative theology that profoundly challenges traditional understandings of God. Drawing on a lifetime of reading in philosophy and religious thought, Hart unfolds a vision of God perpetually in process: an unfinished God. Breaking out of the classical doctrine of divine persons, Hart reimagines Trinity as composed of theogony, cosmogony, and anthropogony an emerging Godhead in relation to origins, temporal creation, and human existence. The book s ultimate import is that all of Being and Nonbeing emerges together in interrelation and interdependence. This divine reality, Hart explains, is unfinished, imperfect, still in the course of a living-dying process that implicates all things, existent and inexistent, temporal and eternal. Doctrinal closuresomething that every orthodox theology requiresthus becomes impossible, and rightly so. Hart confronts those orthodoxies by asking: How can thinking of God reach closure when the divine is itself unfinished and its appearance to us always amounts to new creation? Hart s insights open the potencies of the nothing to the actualization of freedomthe freedom to create. That is, the nothing is not for nothingit is procreative. In the domain of radical speculative theology, then, Hart offers a fully deconstructive revisioning of the Christian God as ever an emerging and self-transfiguring actuality. It is a work with which all serious students of theology will wish to contend."
BARBARA WASHINGTON FRANKLIN helps millions of people enjoy life, manage their problems, and achieve colossal success through the use of biblical principles presented in When You're Down To Nothing, God Is Up To Something. She shows her readers how a time of hardship, pain and suffering is no more than a planned prelude, engineered and orchestrated by God, to develop them into godly men and women. She masterfully persuades her readers to begin to see their down-to-nothing time as designed by God to equip them to handle victoriously the challenges that confront them, and to know for all time that WHEN YOU'RE DOWN TO NOTHING, GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING!
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.
Explores questions young children may have about God and God's work in the world.
God Owes Us Nothing reflects on the centuries-long debate in Christianity: how do we reconcile the existence of evil in the world with the goodness of an omnipotent God, and how does God's omnipotence relate to people's responsibility for their own salvation or damnation. Leszek Kolakowski approaches this paradox as both an exercise in theology and in revisionist Christian history based on philosophical analysis. Kolakowski's unorthodox interpretation of the history of modern Christianity provokes renewed discussion about the historical, intellectual, and cultural omnipotence of neo-Augustinianism. "Several books a year wrestle with that hoary conundrum, but few so dazzlingly as the Polish philosopher's latest."—Carlin Romano, Washington Post Book World "Kolakowski's fascinating book and its debatable thesis raise intriguing historical and theological questions well worth pursuing."—Stephen J. Duffy, Theological Studies "Kolakowski's elegant meditation is a masterpiece of cultural and religious criticism."—Henry Carrigan, Cleveland Plain Dealer
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.
Have you ever felt that your prayers were vapors that evaporate when they hit the ceiling? Have you ever wondered if God were listening? You believe God hears you when you pray, but why does He remain silent? "When God Says Nothing" is your opportunity to take your prayer life to the next level . Taken from a short miracle recorded in Matthew 15, you will identify "players to your prayers" that could possibly affect your prayer outcome. You will discover the trap that affects the majority of long-term prayer needs, and you will learn the kind of faith that will move God on your behalf; a faith that pleases Him greatly. Take your faith and your prayer life to the next level and learn what to do When God Says Nothing.
- 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.
Mareo Newell shares inspiration from the Holy Spirit and lessons he has learned the hard way in this guidebook, seeking to help others walk in the footsteps of the Lord. He examines the family dysfunction he has experienced over the years, including what led his first marriage to fail. He also explores how death, sickness, divorce, depression, and other disappointments affect families. Through an examination of Scripture, he shares guidance on how to communicate and get along with your significant other or spouse; deal with and respond to rejection; overcome bad spirits that lead you to bad places; and preach the Gospel and win souls for the Lord. Whether you need an encouraging word, guidance that can set you free, or advice to improve your relationships with others, youll find it in this biblically based guidebook. Its possible to love and be loved, but you need to make a conscious decision to change. Dysfunction occurs in every family, regardless of name, race, or financial situation. But through Gods promise that He would never leave us or forsake us, we can live a life of victory through Christ Jesus. It begins with embracing the fact that There is Nothing Too Hard for God.
There is nothing God cannot do.. the making of a strong God fearing woman is a true life story that talks about the real life daily experiences faced by a young woman who faced opposition, hardship and limitations in all areas of her life and how the power of God is revealed in her life as she continued to trust in God. How the challenges turn out to mould her character and her desire for knowing God the more. From teenage pregnancy to failed relationship and how she turns out to be a star This book reveals the power of God and the power of standing in the word of God. It is not over until God says it is over! This book is for a young man and woman growing up in the most hopeless situation with dire circumstances with determination to make it in life. For the beautiful employed independent middle class woman who has made it in life but lacks that one thing.. So I ASK MYSELF WHY AM I SO HEARTBROKEN, WHY AM I SO EMPTY, WHY AM I FEELING BETRAYED AND ALL THATare the words she uttered. Read further and be encourage by the works of God that make the seemingly impossible to be possible. This is my testimony; more written testimonies are coming forth. Never give up, I say never give up, God can do all things.
- 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.
God has a plan for each believers life. Unfortunately, Satan also has a plan to hold Christians prisoner by his lies and deception. Truth in Gods Word provides the key to unlocking Satans prison door. (Practical Life)
Have you wondered in a country like ours where there are churches on every corner why there aren’t more Christians changing the world and standing up for what is right? Have you ever felt trapped and helpless in changing your habits and sins that hold you captive? If you have you are not alone. Many want to live as Christ would have them but feel powerless to overcome the chains that hold them in sin. Howard Morgan takes you step by step through scripture and his own experiences and teaches the secrets to breaking the chains that enslave us and keeps us from becoming the people God intended.
The clock struck twelve-thirty on March 21, 1998, on the dawn of a new day. And though Agnes Greene was unaware at the time, she had just begun a new phase of her journey on earth. Much like the Old Testament character Job, she encountered a major crisis that shook her world. One minute she was talking on the phone, and the next minute she was face to face with death. In this memoir, Greene—with special memories from family members—narrates not only her personal struggle to survive four Grand Mal seizures and a brain tumor the size of a lemon, but also the deep spiritual truths learned during the journey. God is Sovereign, i am nothing tells the story of Greene's life-changing transformation and her understanding of how God's sovereignty and her nothingness can exist in perfect harmony. This inspirational and uplifting memoir delivers the message that, with faith in God, any obstacle can be overcome.