Item description for Coming Together in Joy: 99 Sayings by Benedict XVI (99 Words to Live By) by Stephen Liesenfeld & Pope Benedict XVI...
Overview Now in paperback!Celebrating his visit to the U.S. in April!Coming Together in Joy distills Pope Benedict's counsel from his many years of Truthsearching and study, prayer and reflection, priestly ministry and service to the Church. These 99 short reflections guide us on a journey along various aspects of the Christian faith, such as the bond between reason and belief, Mary, the Eucharist, social justice and evangelization. Ever alert to the real issues of families and young people, priests and teachers, the learned and the simple, the Pope also points us to the way faith makes a real difference in our lives. Taken together, these sayings comprise a concise summary of the main elements of Pope Benedict's teachings. They are a joy to read, satisfying the soul's hunger and quenching the mind's thirst.
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Studio: New City Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 4.25" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher NEW CITY PRESS
ISBN 1565482743 ISBN13 9781565482746
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Quenching the Mind's Thirst Oct 5, 2007
The books in the 99 Sayings series, of which this is the latest, are designed to enlighten and inspire. Aside from a brief introduction, all text consists of direct quotations. In some cases the focus is a concept, as peace or friendship, with reflections from a variety of sources. In others, as Coming Together in Joy, quotations from a single individual highlight his or her spirituality. Editor Liesenfeld uses the following phrases to introduce Benedict XVI: personal serenity, joyful conviction of the truth of faith, and tremendous sense of realism. Benedict's comments are simple but penetrating, his words, eloquent, Liesenfeld writes, and his teachings "nourish our spiritual hunger and quench our mind's thirst."
From the pope's writings and talks, we learn of his devotion to the Eucharist; his care and concern for priests, parish ministers, and families; and his commitment to justice and dialogue with those of other faiths. He also addresses the need for Catholics to adhere to the teachings of the Church in a culture experiencing "a strange forgetfulness of God" marked by religion as a consumer product. "People choose what they like, and some are even able to make a profit from it," Benedict writes. "But religion sought on a `do-it-yourself' basis cannot ultimately help us. It may be comfortable, but at times of crisis we are left to ourselves."