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Heart of the Christian Life: Thoughts on the Holy Mass Hardcover – 1 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586174320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586174323
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ignatius Press has done a remarkable service by drawing these talks and homilies by Benedict XVI into one rewarding volume on the importance of the Eucharist. Clear, deep, rich and engaging: All of these qualities mark the style of the Holy Father as a teacher, and anyone reading this book will discover the joy of Christian life and the beauty of Catholic worship in a new way. I highly recommend it. --Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver

The Eucharistic sacrifice makes sacramentally available Christ s love for his Father and for us. These reflections by our Holy Father make available for our spiritual formation the truths that shape our life in Christ s body, the Church. They bring again to our attention the wisdom born of love. --Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago

In these collected talks we find, one might say, the quintessential Benedict. Those who have read his Jesus of Nazareth, The Spirit of the Liturgy, or other of his works, will recognize here that amazing concord which he always achieves by bringing effortlessly together sound biblical scholarship (he ranges easily over Law, prophets, Gospels, and Epistles), deep love for the Eucharist, and an unflagging pastoral tone which addresses us laity in language that we can grasp. The selections are brief, hence the volume offers readers very accessible devotional reading. --Thomas Howard, Author, If Your Mind Wanders at Mass

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Pitstop on 6 Feb. 2011
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To those who wonder where to begin with the Pope's many theological works, this is as good a place as any. With impeccable Patristic scholarship he guides us through the ways in which the Church has seen the Mass and explains to us exactly why it is at the centre of a Christian life. A beautifully expressed homily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grannieannie on 28 April 2013
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Although not a Catholic (in the Roman sense of the word) but holding fast to Anglican faith and tradition I found this little book very thought provoking and would recommend it to all Christians for a better understanding of the R.C. position. I am sure this will be a book I will return to many times in my own faith journey - thanks to Benedict for clarification of such important matters which sometimes divide us but can, with prayer, help to unite us all in our faith journey,
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Horsley on 25 Jun. 2012
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This book by Benedict XVI is a real gem. It is written with true insight what the mass is really about, suitable for learned readers and those interested in the subject matter. Something for everyone looking for inspiration on a dull Sunday.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Rodriguez-Veglio on 21 Nov. 2012
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As always the writings of the Holy Father are profound, scholarly and inspiring and a joy to read and meditate upon.
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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Honrus Publicus on 11 Jan. 2013
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In the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians (11:17-34) Paul dedicates some 500 (approx.) words to the Lord's Supper. So why we need a whole book dedicated to the subject is beyond me, especially at the current price. (While writing the current Kindle price is £9.45.)

Of course, when Paul's words were written (circa 55AD) Christians were still meeting on Saturdays (the TRUE Sabbath) and virtually non of the current rituals in modern Christianity had been invented. Remember, all the early "Christians" were Jews.

While there may be some interesting things in the book, it is hugely debatable whether we need a book of this size and at this price; a small booklet (either given free or at a very low cost) would have been sufficient.

The main reason for this book is to make money for the Catholic Church and to endorse its own false beliefs. It would be much more impressive if (some) priests acted in a manner worthy of the Biblical text, "A man ought to examine himself before he eats the bread and drinks the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgement on himself." (1 Cor. 11:28-29)

I wonder if "Father" Thomas Williams (Legionaries of Christ priest who fathered a child) examined himself before he gave the Eucharist. Interestingly, Williams was the author of a book called Knowing Right from Wrong: A Christian Guide to Conscience The book probably has the same value as this one: very little!
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