A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision: Christian Spirituality in a Suffering World  -     By: Matthew T. Eggemeier
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A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision: Christian Spirituality in a Suffering World

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 280
Vendor: Michael Glazier
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0814680674
ISBN-13: 9780814680674

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The sacramental and prophetic traditions of Christian spirituality, suggests Matthew Eggemeier, possess critical resources for responding to the contemporary social crises of widespread ecological degradation and the innocent suffering of the crucified poor.

In A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision, Eggemeier maintains that the vital key for cultivating these traditions in the present is to situate these spiritualities in the context of spiritual exercises or ascetical practices that enable Christians to live more deeply in the presence of God (coram Deo) and in turn to make this presence visible in a suffering world.

Author Bio

Matthew T. Eggemeier received his master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School and his doctoral training at the University of Notre Dame. An assistant professor at the College of the Holy Cross, he regularly teaches courses on Latin American liberation theology, liberation theology, political theology, and contemporary Catholic spirituality.

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One goal of theology is to make us ready to offer an account of the hope that is in us as Christians (1 Pet 3:15). A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision meets this goal with impressive scope, discriminating concision, and refreshing clarity. Eggemeier brings together thinkers not often treated in the same work (von Balthasar and Sobrino; Benedict XVI and Foucau< Heidegger and Dillard) to offer such an accounting for hope. Even more, he translates the book's demanding vision into a set of spiritual exercises that make up a "micropolitics" to counter the enervating apathy that too often results from seeing clearly the grim realities of our suffering world. He also shows how figures such as Aldo Leopold, Dorothy Day, or Martin Luther King demonstrate in wonderful variety that persons formed by such a micropolitics into the practice of seeing those realities against a broader horizon of hope suggest and provide warrants for "macropolitical" solutions as well. In short, Eggemeier provides a concrete proposal for what a "mysticism of open eyes" (J.B. Metz) should look like in our world.
J. Matthew Ashley, University of Notre Dame


Many theologians today are calling our attention to the devastating effects of global capitalism, the destruction of the environment, and the church's present spiritual malaise. Far fewer seem equipped to offer intellectual resources and spiritual practices for sowing resistance and hope in ourselves and in the next generation. Matthew Eggemeier's new book is a tour de force of prophetic imagination grounded in sacramental wonder and hope. In the midst of competing cultural claims on our hearts, Eggemeier sees Christian spirituality as a means of retraining and reorienting our deepest human desires. His attention to the best critical minds and spiritual writers of the modern and postmodern era is masterful and, in a refreshingly clear and understated way, symphonic. I found this book difficult to put down, but even more, I believe my students will resonate deeply with the transformative vision of the Christian life that Eggemeier advances. This is a fabulous book.
Christopher Pramuk, Xavier University

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