Going to God Together
Brendan Leahy offers reflections rooted in the Focolare’s communitarian spirituality which stresses undertaking the Christian journey together and the mutual sharing of what happens when we try to put the words of the Gospel into daily practice. He also draws on insights of saints and spiritual writers from a variety of historical and cultural settings. These ‘simple’ reflections mirror discoveries that Leahy feels he needs to constantly re-discover in order to be most effective in building up the presence of Jesus among “two or more” who are going to God together.
Throughout the world, we find traces of an insatiable thirst to bow down spiritually before the Mystery that surrounds life. We see it in a Buddhist temple and in a mosque; in a Passover celebration and a Hindu Diwali festival. A mysterious sense of the Absolute, the transcendent, urges us to reach out beyond all that is around us, excavate deep within us and, above all, make some form of declaration with the whole of our being that we want to be in harmony with God, with others, within ourselves.
Christians believe the Mystery has not remained nameless but has opened up to us in history and, above all, in the person of Jesus Christ. We see the face of God in Jesus, in whom we live and move and have our being. He is the Way who wants to be the Wayfarer among us.
“Bishop Brendan Leahy offers reflections on a variety of spiritual themes personal to his journey as a Christian and bishop. His reflections are poetic, solidly grounded in the spiritual tradition of the Church and clearly "audible" to the heart of every person seeking to find God in the midst of their hectic everyday life. I highly recommend this book for daily meditation and spiritual reading.“
Bishop of Corpus Christi
“In words simple, yet profound, Bishop Leahy presents the spirituality of communion of the Focolare Movement. He shares his personal experiences as well as quotations from others. His writing has the characteristic of poetry. Everyone would profit from reading this book and reflecting on its message.“
Msgr. Charles Quinn
About the Author
Most Rev. Brendan Leahy is Bishop of Limerick, Ireland. Formerly professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he is a von Balthasar scholar and an ecumenist and has authored articles and books on interreligious dialogue, issues facing the Church in the 21st century, the life and teachings of Pope John Paul II, renewal in the Church, charisms, and the priesthood.
Brendan Leahy delivers the homily at Carlow Cathedral to open the Year of Faith (Oct 2012)
|Publication Date||Aug 31, 2013|