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Behold the Pierced One [Paperback]

Joseph Ratzinger

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1 Feb 1987
In this profound and illuminating work, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger turns the gaze of an accomplished theologian upon the crucified Savior. This synthetic and meditative work is theological without being abstract or dry, and spiritual without being sentimental. The pierced heart of Christ must be the heart of theology and Christian life as well. Proceeding from the prayerful dialogue between the Incarnate Son and his Eternal Father, Joseph Ratzinger shows how one can approach the mystery of the Heart of Christ only through the imitation of this prayer. To know and understand Jesus we must participate in his prayer. The prayer of Christ must be the interior life of all who are joined to him in his Body, the Church. Using the Old and New Testaments and the Church Fathers, Ratzinger shows that the ecclesial community (the Church) was born from the pierced Heart of Christ on the Cross.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blew My Mind 15 Mar 2000
By Lawrence Effler Jr - Published on
I took this book on retreat with me and it blew my mind. My perspective on my faith increased many fold. However, this book is not for everyone. This is not a light, warm and fuzzy spiritually book. This is a book for scholars. Cardinal Ratzinger goes into some deep theology, but if you can hang in there with him, you'll get a much greater understanding of concepts such as original sin, the Eucharist, Jesus' prayer life, the Easter Mystery, etc. If you're ready to do the work for the spiritual ride of your life, buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful arsenal of insights 12 Sep 2009
By CDS - Published on
A portion of this book was suggested as supplementary reading for a course I'm taking on Christology. However, when I finished reading the assigned section, I wasn't able to put the book down until I finished the entire thing. Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, is an extremely gifted author, and this book is one of his best. In it he presents the person of Christ, not the watered down Christ of some biblical scholars, but Christ in His divinity and His majesty, Christ as the Church understands Him, Christ as He is. Gathered into this are the concept of man's relationship with God, and man's ultimate end. Along with the main There is a devotion on the Sacred Heart, and a beautiful section on communio which further fleshes these themes out. The book is completed by three powerful homilies given by Cardinal Ratzinger, which again recapitulate many of the themes previously covered. As the previous review noted, there are some challenging concepts and deep insights here, but if you take the time to understand them, the reward is rich indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect reading for Lent and Easter Season 18 Mar 2013
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But I would recommend for anyone who wishes to have deeper undestanding of the Passion Death Passion of OUr Lord.
It is a profound book, yet easy to read and of a great teaching value.
You will never experience the These Holy Seasons the same way, and will make your partaking of the Eucharistic anew. with a better undestanding of it
You will never want to leave you Catholic Faith nor to stop participating in the HOly Mass
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4.0 out of 5 stars absolutely inspiring and hopeful 2 July 2013
By Michael J. Denk - Published on
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Our Holy Father Emeritus shares some of his most beautiful, touching, and meditative reflections that I have read. Also the chapter on laughter and Easter is worth it alone!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Widely Recommended 17 July 2014
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He was brilliant as a writer or presenter, before he was a Pope--always with applicable depth for growth.

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