This important book by the highly regarded African prelate, Cardinal Arinze, describes in positive and simple terms who the lay person is, his distinctive role in the Church, and how the lay apostolate distinguishes the lay faithful from the clergy and the religious. The call of lay people to be witnesses of Christ in the ordinary areas of secular life, such as family, work, recreation, politics and government, shows how demanding the apostolate of the lay people is. The book draws from the dynamic teachings of the Second Vatican Council, the riches of the 1987 Synod of Bishops on the Lay Faithful, and the emphasis on the lay apostolate by recent Popes, to present to lay people an attractive and demanding call to witness to Christ in society. Leaders and participants of various lay groups and movements will find this book liberating and encouraging. Clerics and religious will find these considerations by Cardinal Arinze of great help, both in appreciating the limits of their own apostolates and of seeing how to put before the lay faithful the demands of their calling. Ê
These are challenging times when it comes to the need for lay Catholics to understand the Church's position on any number of doctrinal issues. Likewise, we need bishops who will lead warmly and amicably, yet likewise accurately and as dutiful spiritual fathers. The goal of this book is to invite the Catholic laity (along with anyone of good will) to become steadily familiar with the teachings of the Church as transmitted by the writings of modern Catholic bishops. There is a particular focus on the bishops of the English-speaking world, as well as on the writings of the bishops over the course of the last two centuries. If you would like to grow in your Catholic faith, this book explains how the bishops have patiently and pastorally led the faithful to walk ever closer to the ultimate Good Shepherd: the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now in paperback--the inspiring sequel to Seeking the Face of God, "one of the best books on prayer to be published in years!"--Sojourners. "Recommended both for those just learning to pray and for those who are deepening an already active prayer life".--ALA Booklist.
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A reflection on consecrated life, Radical Discipleship represents a beautiful way for faithful Catholics to participate in this Church-wide theme and celebration by coming to a deeper understanding of the consecrated life. Radical Discipleship illuminates the roll and presence of the consecrated state in the Body of Christ, beginning with a brief look at the origins of the consecrated life—its basis in scripture and its practice among the early Christians. The work then continues on to reflect upon: • The different forms this radical life takes • The population of consecrated persons in the Church today • The recognition that the consecrated life has received from the Church • The vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience taken by all consecrated persons • Community life as it pertains to consecrated life • The prophetic aspect of the consecrated life • The impact of the consecrated state on the Church community and on society Alongside these fascinating and relevant topics, Cardinal Arinze addresses some of the problems and difficulties faced by consecrated people; as well as the challenging topic of how these have led some to abandon this vocation. In examining the struggles specific to the consecrated state, the Cardinal seeks to encourage other consecrated persons to persevere in their vocation. He further calls the entire Church to actively support the consecrated life and those who have dedicated themselves to Christ in this way. Although filled with substantive information, even the most involved sections are presented in an engaging, readable, and reflective style. Far from erudite or dry, the book is not, as the Cardinal explains, “a dissertation based on deep research on the theology and canon law on the consecrated life.” Radical Discipleship is rather a reflection, written for both consecrated and laypersons; and offers wonderful material for thought and prayer. It is Cardinal Arinze’s hope that his work will make the consecrated life “better understood, loved, lived and promoted.”
Written by a highly respected cardinal and a former head of the Vatican office for worship and sacraments, this book shows how the local Catholic parish in any town has tremendous potential to evangelize its surrounding community. Francis Cardinal Arinze reveals the important roles of both priests and laity in spreading the Gospel within the parish and beyond. This work can help priests to realize the many great possibilities they have to be strong spiritual leaders and to inspire their parishioners to become committed and effective evangelists. It can awaken all the members of a parish to live and to share more zealously the saving power of Jesus Christ.
Biography & Autobiography by Cardinal Francis Arinze
Cardinal Arinze tells his amazing life story, and how he was guided by "God's invisible hand" through many challenging and dangerous moments, to become one of the world's leading Catholic prelates, and one of the top candidates for the Papacy in the recent conclave. In the style of an interview, Arinze responds to a host of wide ranging questions from journalist Gerard O'Connell. Arinze talks about his life and experiences growing up in Nigeria, becoming the world's youngest Bishop, being on the run during the Nigerian civil war, and as an outspoken Cardinal who led the way for inter-religious dialogue with non-Christian religions, particularly Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. The charismatic Cardinal, also tells about his years of working inside the Vatican under three different Popes, and of his close relationship with John Paul II. Arinze and John Paul worked together on various important projects and documents that have had an impact on the Church and the African culture.