Book of reflections that open windows onto aspects of spirituality and pastoral ministry that encourage and prompt renewal.
For many priests today, the sense of challenge is great. Perhaps as never before, priests, "ministers of the sacred," and indeed all members of the Church, need from time to time to help one another rediscover the spark of inspiration and enthusiasm that lies at the heart of priestly ministry and life.
In this book of reflections, we have chosen texts that we believe open windows onto aspects of spirituality and pastoral ministry that encourage and prompt renewal. What lies behind our selection is the conviction that it is above all in a life of communion with others, understood and lived out in a robust spirituality of communion, that priests can find new hope and strength as they interrelate with their parishioners, with their brother priests, with their bishops and with all who pass them by, moment by moment, in their life and ministry.
Includes reflections by: Saint Augustine, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Benedict XVI, Helder Camara, Avery Dulles, Richard R. Gaillardetz, Gregory the Great, Basil Hume, John Paul II, Chiara Lubich, Karl Rahner, Fulton Sheen, Edith Stein, Mother Teresa, Jean Marie Vianney, and many others.
About the Author
Most Rev. Brendan Leahy is currently (May 2016) 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.
Most. Rev. Michael Mulvey is currently (May 2016) Bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born in Houston in 1949, and did his theological studies in Rome in the 1970s.