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The Passion And The Cross

Ronald Rolheiser, one of the most influential spiritual writers of our day, offers profound reflections on the central mystery of our Christian faith. His beautifully written meditations on the passion and the cross invites you to a new understanding of redemption and offers insight into the meaning of your own loss and suffering. Take a journey into the deeper meaning of pain with guidance from a trusted spiritual advisor.

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Franciscan Media (October 30, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1616368128

ISBN-13: 978-1616368128

Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

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We all like to be in control. We take pleasure in being in charge. We delight in making sure that things get done our way, according to our own preferences. What happens when things unravel and start to go out of our control? At that point, we become more aware of what it means to be helpless and totally dependent on circumstances beyond our control. Looking at the life of Jesus, if we can divide the life of Jesus in two parts, the first part would be how he ministers to others; teaches his disciples; rebukes the religious leaders; tells his parables; heals the sick; gives sight to the blind; prophesies about the future; proclaims about his impending death; glorifies God; and so on. Once at the Garden of Gethsemane, instead of him doing things to others, others do things to him. Soldiers arrest him; the Pharisees condemn him; Pilate charges him; people spit at him; the executioner kills him; and his disciples leave him. Rolheiser is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. A well sought after speaker and established author, he is also president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. his writings in this book is full of spiritual insights that helps us marvel at the ordinary with renewed perspectives.In this book, Ronald Rolheiser observes with great insight the way the gospels make scant reference to the physical suffering of Jesus, unlike Mel Gibson's the Passion of the Cross which focuses on the intensity of the pain and agony of Christ. He sees beyond the blood and gore and concentrates on the inner attitudes at the core of Jesus' heart: of forgiveness; of empathy; of willingness; and full of love.

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