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Using Jesus's last words on the cross, as recorded in the Gospels, Rev. James Martin, SJ, a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large for America magazine, reveals how deeply Jesus understood our predicaments, what it means to be fully human, and why we can turn to Christ completely, in mind, heart, and soul. Each meditation is dedicated to one of the seven sayings.
- "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."
- "Today you will be with me in Paradise."
- "Woman, this is your son"..."This is your mother."
- "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
- "I thirst"
- "It is finished."
- "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."
Publication Date: 2016
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Based on his talks at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Good Friday 2015, the New York Times bestselling author and editor at large of America magazine offers a portrait of Jesus, using his last words on the cross to reveal how deeply he understood our predicaments, what it means to be fully human, and why we can turn to Christ completely, in mind, heart, and soul.
Each meditation is dedicated to one of the seven sayings:
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
“Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
“Woman, this is your son” . . . “This is your mother.”
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
“It is finished.”
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
With the warmth, wisdom, and grace that infuse his works, Father James Martin explains why Jesus’s crucifixion and death on the cross is an important teaching moment in the Gospels. Jesus’s final statements, words that are deeply cherished by his followers, exemplify the depth of his suffering but also provide a key to his empathy and why we can connect with him so deeply.
REV. JAMES MARTIN, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and bestselling author of The Abbey, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and Between Heaven and Mirth. Father Martin has written for many publications, including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks and in venues as diverse as National Public Radio, FOX TV, Comedy Central, the BBC, the History channel, and Vatican Radio. Follow the author on Facebook (FrJamesMartin) and Twitter (@JamesMartinSJ).
“As I sat in the cathedral on Good Friday, I listened to Father Martin’s reflections on the Lord’s Seven Last Words, grateful for the spiritual renewal he was bringing to the faithful assembled in prayer on this most solemn day of the Church year.”
“Father James Martin is one of the most brilliant philosophical minds of our times. His prolific career as a writer has brought to us the insight and awareness of service to others along with the need to incorporate Joy into our lives.”
“The renowned Jesuit, James Martin, offers reflections on Christ’s last words and refers to the type of ‘radical forgiveness’ Christ showed on the cross. It is very powerful, but very rare. Yet when we see it, we recognize it, he says.”
“Wisdom is sprinkled throughout.”
“One of the most important religious voices in the country.”
“Spiritually rewarding and uplifting.”
A short but powerful work.”
“An inspiring, spirit-srengthening resource for anyone bearing the weight of their own or another’s suffering. “James Martin’s compassion breathes through this book.”
“Tremendous... very moving.”
“Martin’s book keeps coming back to the central point: Yes, Christians believe Jesus is divine-but, because he also was human, Jesus’s compassion is deeper than we may expect. . . . Readers will walk away feeling hopeful-and feeling a renewed commitment to help others in our world.”
“When you struggle in the spiritual life, when you wonder where God is, when you pray in doubt and darkness, and even when you are close to despair, you are praying to someone who is fully human and fully divine, someone who understands you fully.”
“Martin invites the reader to inhabit the gospels; to live out the Passion in the privacy of the mind. He knows how to render the familiar-yet-strange events of Good Friday in such a way that the reader does not so much relate to Jesus’ experience as taste it.”
“Based on a series of reflections he delivered on Good Friday, 2015, in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Fr. Martin preserves the sense of discursive intimacy with which he conducted the talks, while offering the reader the chance to engage the traditional Lenten exercise of prayerful meditation.”
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