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The Lord

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The Lord, by Fr. Romano Guardini. Introduction by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict XVI has said this book inspired him, more than in other, in the writing of his book Jesus of Nazareth.

Philosopher and theologian Fr. Romano Guardini offers readers a picture of Jesus Christ through an attentive and obedient meditation on the living Word of God. In these spiritual commentaries on the life of Jesus, from the Nativity to the Passion and Resurrection, Guardini explains that we must not attempt to shape Jesus according to our will, deciding how and what we want Our Lord to be, but that we must approach Him in the spirit of total conversion, and surrender ourselves completely to His divine will in obedience and faith.

"Guardini's book, The Lord, has not grown old, precisely because it still leads us to that which is essential, to that which is truly real, Jesus Christ Himself. That is why today this book still has a great mission." - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI

"These meditations on the person and life of Jesus Christ were originally published in 1937, and translated in 1954. They are "spiritual commentaries of some four years of Sunday services," written during perhaps the most ominous decade in twentieth-century Christianity. The book's profundity, its endurance for sixty years, and a new preface by Cardinal Ratzinger all highly recommend it. Guardini's refusal of pious sentimentalities and recognition of "the dangers of orthodoxy" continue to challenge believers-just as his skepticism of quests for the historical-psychological Jesus and his recognition of the diabolic power of our "over-enlightened all-destructive age" chastise our unbelief. But such criticisms of belief and unbelief are subordinate to a vision of Jesus as unnormed Lord of all reality who "can never be intellectually unified." Guardini's seven dozen brief chapters begin with the eternal and temporal origins of Jesus, take the reader through Gospel scenes and themes, and conclude with chapters on Acts, some Pauline epistles, and the Book of Revelation. Ending with the apocalyptic Lord is no accident, for Guardini suspends his readers between time and eternity, leaving us with questions about both. Some will quibble with pieces of this fine translation (e.g., "[God's] autocratic decision" for selbstherrlich Ratschluss; "the complete nullity" for die vollige Belanglosigkeit of "the historical Jesus"). But those who agree that we live in apocalyptic times of war and loneliness will find much here on which to pray" . - James Buckley in First Things. This review was originally published in First Things, the April 1997 issue 32-34.

"This book is a masterpiece. It embodies the wealth of modern exegetical criticism opened by Protestant theologians like Karl Barth; the great traditions of 'devotio moderna'; French 17th century thought; the great insights of the Catholic mystics; and the matured speculation of scholasticism. But above all, it is an approach to Christ through the Gospels".-- H. A. Reinhold in Commonweal

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