Jesus Christus offers a series of illuminating sermons on the life of Christ that were delivered to students at Berlin University, where Romano Guardini (1885-1968) taught. He was a mentor to such prominent theologians as Hans Urs von Balthasar and Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) and in this book, Guardini’s teaching style comes truly alive. Delivered while writing his bestselling masterwork The Lord, these reflections inspire the reader to contemplate the presence that Jesus Christ manifested to the world. Written in the same vein as the Pope Benedict XVI's Jesus of Nazareth series, Guardini masterfully carries the reader beyond the stories and events of scripture to focus on the person of Jesus Christ. These meditations are accessible and clear, but maintain the theological depth found in Guardini’s seminal work.
"The essence of Christianity is a Person: Jesus Christ himself.”
“One of Guardini's favorite expressions was, ‘that which is truly real will arise from the rich, varied expansiveness of our existence, of our being fully Christian, and will lead us to the One who is truly real.’ As we are taught by Guardini, the essence of Christianity is not an idea, not a system of thought, not a plan of action. The essence of Christianity is a Person: Jesus Christ himself.”
"Greater knowledge of and union with the Lord."
“The explicit goal of Guardini’s meditations in Jesus Christus is to lead each reader to a greater knowledge of and union with the Lord. At the same time, the book’s implicit goal is each reader’s maturation into the person whom God envisions.”
Professor of Theology University of Notre Dame
"Incomparable richness and depth."
“A towering figure in twentieth-century Catholic theology, Romano Guardini has left us and the Church an ardently loved a lasting legacy of incomparable richness and depth, not the least of which being this little book.”
Professor of Theology Franciscan University of Steubenville