This is a fascinating and powerful autobiographical interview of one of the most prominent and outspoken Cardinals appointed by Pope Francis. The biography alone is inspirational. But Cardinal Sarah’s commentary on Christian living in the modern world and his response to the controversial issues of the day—including the upcoming ordinary Synod of Bishops—are profound and invigorating. Robert Sarah is the only son of a convert Catholic couple who lived in a remote village of Guinea, West Africa. Inspired by the zeal of the Spiritan missionary priests who made great sacrifices to bring the Faith to Africans in the most neglected regions, his parents became Catholics. Robert discerned a call to the priesthood and entered the local seminary, but due to the oppression of the Church by the Communist dictator of Guinea, he had to continue his studies in France and then in nearby Senegal. He was appointed Archbishop of Conakry, Guinea by John Paul II, becoming the youngest Bishop in the Catholic Church. His predecessor had been imprisoned by the Communist regime for several years, and Archbishop Sarah himself—because of his refusal to be coopted by the President—was at the top of the governments list for assassination when John Paul II called him to Rome to be Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to be the Prefect of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. Here is a sample of his commentary on current issues of the day: “The idea of putting Magisterial teaching in a beautiful display case while separating it from pastoral practice, which then could evolve along with circumstances, fashions and passions, is a sort of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology. I therefore solemnly state that the Church in Africa is staunchly opposed to any rebellion against the teaching of Jesus and of the Magisterium . . . The Church of Africa is committed in the name of the Lord Jesus to keeping unchanged the teaching of God and of the Church about the indissolubility of marriage: what God has joined, let no man put asunder. How could a Synod go back on the constant teaching that was unified and explained in greater depth by Blessed Paul VI, Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI?" -Cardinal Robert Sarah
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In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, Cardinal Robert Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The modern world generates so much noise, he says, that seeking moments of silence has become both harder and more necessary than ever before. Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine, explains the cardinal in this profound conversation with Nicolas Diat. Within the hushed and hallowed walls of the La Grande Chartreux, the famous Carthusian monastery in the French Alps, Cardinal Sarah addresses the following questions: Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love? Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart? After the international success of God or Nothing, Cardinal Sarah seeks to restore to silence its place of honor and importance. "Silence is more important than any other human work," he says, "for it expresses God. The true revolution comes from silence; it leads us toward God and others so as to place ourselves humbly and generously at their service."
Robert Cardinal Sarah calls The Day Is Now Far Spent his most important book. He analyzes the spiritual, moral, and political collapse of the Western world and concludes that "the decadence of our time has all the faces of mortal peril." A cultural identity crisis, he writes, is at the root of the problems facing Western societies. "The West no longer knows who it is, because it no longer knows and does not want to know who made it, who established it, as it was and as it is. Many countries today ignore their own history. This self-suffocation naturally leads to a decadence that opens the path to new, barbaric civilizations." While making clear the gravity of the present situation, the cardinal demonstrates that it is possible to avoid the hell of a world without God, a world without hope. He calls for a renewal of devotion to Christ through prayer and the practice of virtue.
So many Christians are living their lives committed to Jesus, they say, but are experiencing defeat and dont understand why. Having the fullness of the life of Christ and everything he has to offer keeps eluding them. They consistently ask questions, seek answers, and try to discover the reasons that cause their defeat. The answer to experiencing a full life in Christ is really quite simple. All or Nothing answers the question for everybody, Christian or not, by unveiling clearly something they already know. In Gods kingdom, the way to a fruitful and satisfying life is acquired through one step. God confirmed his Word to the author in a dream, and she reveals the details of her dream and the one-step plan that God has prescribed for all of us. All or Nothing will show you how to use Gods plan to enjoy a God-filled and purposeful life, which is his expected end for you.
God Owes Us Nothing reflects on the centuries-long debate in Christianity: how do we reconcile the existence of evil in the world with the goodness of an omnipotent God, and how does God's omnipotence relate to people's responsibility for their own salvation or damnation. Leszek Kolakowski approaches this paradox as both an exercise in theology and in revisionist Christian history based on philosophical analysis. Kolakowski's unorthodox interpretation of the history of modern Christianity provokes renewed discussion about the historical, intellectual, and cultural omnipotence of neo-Augustinianism. "Several books a year wrestle with that hoary conundrum, but few so dazzlingly as the Polish philosopher's latest."—Carlin Romano, Washington Post Book World "Kolakowski's fascinating book and its debatable thesis raise intriguing historical and theological questions well worth pursuing."—Stephen J. Duffy, Theological Studies "Kolakowski's elegant meditation is a masterpiece of cultural and religious criticism."—Henry Carrigan, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Have you wondered in a country like ours where there are churches on every corner why there aren’t more Christians changing the world and standing up for what is right? Have you ever felt trapped and helpless in changing your habits and sins that hold you captive? If you have you are not alone. Many want to live as Christ would have them but feel powerless to overcome the chains that hold them in sin. Howard Morgan takes you step by step through scripture and his own experiences and teaches the secrets to breaking the chains that enslave us and keeps us from becoming the people God intended.
God, The Devil, The most intelligent human being ever born to the human race. What do they all have in common? They star in this groundbreaking book series: The Christ-Edge: The Creation of a New Universe. It is the year 3000 and most of the human beings have chosen atheism and Satanism, giving the Devil the power to create the Death Waltz-the murderous inter-dimensional storm that allows the death-spawn to materialize in the 3-D universe and decimate human beings. The Devil's goal is to re-create the universe in his image and only those who pledge allegiance to him- the ones who have taken his mark on their souls, supplying him with the majority of the sin-energy to power the Death Waltz-are allowed to live in it for eternity on the condition that they worship him and only him. Oh yeah, another thing that has been imposed-by far the most important condition,-the condition known as All or Nothing-whoever wins, the other one is automatically destroyed for all eternity, all or nothing. This means that if the Devil wins Jehovah God Almighty is eternally destroyed and vice-versa. The Devil has been praying for this situation with all his being; God's feelings are unknown concerning this manner. Why did Jehovah God Almighty allow this situation? How did this wager begin? How did the Devil get his hands on eternity? Who is the Christ-Edge warrior and how will he to save humanity? How did the Devil get his hands on the power to create a new universe and what would God do to stop it? All of these questions and many more will be answered in this literary masterpiece saga- The Christ-Edge Saga: All or Nothing, The Creator's Fire.
Augustine's City of God has profoundly influenced the course of Western political philosophy, but there are few guides to its labyrinthine argumentation that hold together the delicate interplay of religion and philosophy in Augustine's thought. The essays in this volume offer a rich examination of those themes, using the central, contested distinction between a heavenly city on earthly pilgrimage and an earthly city bound for perdition to elaborate aspects of Augustine's political and moral vision. Topics discussed include Augustine's notion of the secular, his critique of pagan virtue, his departure from classical eudaimonism, his mythology of sin, his dystopian politics, his surprising attention to female bodies, his moral psychology, his valorisation of love, his critique of empire and his conception of a Christian philosophy. Together the essays advance our understanding of Augustine's most influential work and provide a rich overview of Augustinian political theology and its philosophical implications.