Franciscan University professor, popular speaker, and prolific author Regis Martin tells how the deaths of his mother and brother pushed him to revisit all he knew and felt about God and his own deepest desires--and how he came to reconcile the theology he teaches with the lived experience of faith. Renowned Catholic theologian Regis Martin narrates the crisis of faith he faced when his mother and brother died. Against this backdrop he explores the questions at the heart of all human longing: What does it mean to really be lost? What if God doesn't want us after all? What does Christ's cry from the cross say about human suffering? Why is it never hopeless to hope? Drawing on insights from the work of Christian writers such as C. S. Lewis, Gerard Manley Hopkins, G. K. Chesterton, and St. Therese of Lisieux, Martin leads readers to that "still point"--a term borrowed from T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets--where all polarities converge. Martin eloquently shows that it is at the still point that one encounters the mingling of past and future, grit and grace, man and God.
Regis Martin is a professor of theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where he has taught for more than twenty years. He studied in Rome at the Angelicum, graduating summa cum laude in 1988 with a doctorate in sacred theology. Martin is the author of a half-dozen books and specializes in courses on the Trinity, Christology, Church, grace, sacraments, the writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar, and the Catholic Literary Revival. Married and living in Steubenville, he is the father of ten children and has five grandchildren.
"Regis Martin is a sage for our time. Here he offers us wisdom for confronting the greatest mystery of life, which is suffering and death. Yet he does so with real grace and poetic wit. Divine truth joined to the practical challenges of human life, that's what we all need, and what Martin offers in abundance. Along with profound insights, you will find encouragement and hope, coming from the God of mercy through the cross of Christ."--Scott Hahn, Author of The Lamb's Supper "Regis Martin leads the reader to confront some of the great mysteries of our existence, reflecting on life and death, hope and despair as well as the anxieties and the perplexity we feel about the unknowns to come and the unknowns with which we engage regularly. He shares concrete examples, many from his own life but also those from great minds who explore questions which both they and we must face. All of this is done in a context of our faith."--Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark "Regis Martin has a campus-wide reputation for a remarkable vocabulary, punctuating lectures with apt quotes from poets, theologians, and the occasional rock star, and unflinchingly exploring the real problems of suffering, evil, and death. This lovely book shows his reputation is well deserved as he wrestles with deep human longings and offers us the hope of Christ: 'O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?'"--Rev. Terrence Henry, T.O.R. , President, Franciscan University of Steubenville "With the eloquence and poignancy of a poet, Regis Martin gets to the heart of life's most urgent questions, forging a link between our 'desperate desires' and our "homesickness for God" in this profound and beautiful book."--Rev. Peter John Cameron, O.P. , Editor-in-Chief, Magnificat "Regis Martin is one of Catholicism's trustworthy guides to the spiritual life in all its dimensions--including, as he demonstrates here, its hard and challenging dimensions."--George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center "Regis Martin's moving reflection on our death-haunted and restless search for God is both beautiful and bracing. Drawing on the profound imaginings of our poets and our theologians, Martin's meditation takes place on the lip of the abyss as he shows us Who it is our hearts so restlessly long for." --Gregory Erlandson, President, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing
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