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In Journal of a Soul Pope John XXIII shares his thoughts from his time in seminary to when he presided over the Second Vatican Council. Includes many of his prayers, sixty brief thoughts and aphorisms, his "Rules for the Ascetic Life," many letters, even his last will and testament. An indispensible resource for those desiring to learn more about the modern Catholic Church.
No other pope of this century has aroused so much interest and universal affection throughout the world as has Pope John XXIII. Journal of a Soul is an inspiring reading experience that records this pope's thoughts and traces his spiritual development from adolescence to the seminary to a career as a priest, a European papal diplomat, Patriarch of Venice, and finally Pope John XXIII.
This Image Books edition features a biographical portrait of Pope John by his personal secretary, Monsignor Loris Capovilla. It also includes several of his most moving prayers, sixty brief thoughts and aphorisms, his "Rules for the Ascetic Life," many of his letters, even his last will and testament. Christians everywhere will welcome the reissue of "one of the most original, interesting, and inspiring revelations of intimate personal experiences ever written," which "ranks well with the classic spiritual autobiographies" (Critic).
Journal of a Soul, the first ever such work from a Roman pontiff, opens new windows onto the soul of the man himself.
Among his many accomplishments and triumphs, Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) is celebrated for convening the Second Vatican Council, commonly regarded as the most important event in religious history since the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.
"Indispensable for those who would understand the mind which originated the updating of the Roman Catholic Church."
--The New York Times Book Review