- Tapa dura: 297 páginas
- Editor: Crossroad Pub Co (18 de noviembre de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0824519973
- ISBN-13: 978-0824519971
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus (Inglés) Tapa dura – 18 nov 2013
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In this book is found the secret of Pope Francis. --Archbishop José María Arancedo
On first perusal, I find the book is itself well written and well within the bounds of Catholic formational understanding. It is very much to those who understand the nuances, undoubtedly written by a member of the Order of St. Francis. Very straightforward in his approach to spirituality, The Pope states in a beautiful way his convictions on a life of discipleship; as opposed to a following of dogmatic teaching. There are many who wonder is this Pope different from others? I would say no. His love for the church and its doctrines and his personal devotions to Mary are definitely at the heart of his writings in Open Mind, Faithful Heart. For any who would enjoy a tool for invitation into reflection and prayer, Open Mind, Faithful Heart can serve as a great catalyst into a deeper spiritual prayer life rooted in Catholic and Franciscan theology. Far more gentler but no less mystical or revolutionary, these writings have at their heart compassion as their source and a social justice that brings back memories of the early days of Matthew Fox. Written with the somberness of Thomas Merton, these writings never lose the point of discipleship and what it means. A great read. Thank you again for considering my thoughts on this well written wonderful book. --Yoel b'nai Yehuda, Musician
Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Mediations on Christian Discipleship is certainly not a book to read in one sitting, but not because of its density or difficulty. The language is accessible and the concepts are not hard to grasp, particularly for those familiar with the gospels. Rather, the book is a series of invitations and challenges that are all too familiar on the surface. By now most people have read or heard some of the thinking of Pope Francis, and they will not be surprised by what they find here. Behind all the invitations to tenderness, compassion, and mercy, however, there are serious demands and even stern admonitions to swim against the tide. More than a work centering on a particular issue, the book is a collection of reflections given to different groups of people at retreats: laypeople, priests, deacons, and men and women religious. The four parts progressively open a pathway to prayer. The first focuses on the encounter with Jesus through the various dialogues offered in the gospels. The second part consists of revelations small epiphanies in the lives and faith journeys that Christians experience in their discipleship. The third part speaks about the church in its daily and concrete life. Finally, the book ends in an intimate encounter of prayer, accompanied by biblical witnesses who went through all the same temptations that besiege people today. It is a call to faithfulness and a warning against the temptations that every Christian feels at one point or another: tiredness, jadedness, settling into a comfortable life, clinging to power. There is not, however, a different message for each group, but one and the same for all. The call is to joy, but to a deep joy that is rooted in the cost of discipleship. Pope Francis leads the reader into demanding proposition, and yet he manages to make them sound completely attainable. --Carmen Aguinaco, U. S. Catholic Magazine, Claritian Publications Review
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Open Mind, Faithful Heart does not indicate who the audience for each talk was, and I sometimes found myself asking to whom a specific talk was delivered. There's a strong Ignatian tilt and many references to St. Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises, as one might expect from a Jesuit, but, unexpectedly there is no explicit mention of St. Francis of Assisi, despite the author's later choice of his name when elected pope.
I was taken aback by the statement (Location 3748) that Jesus "felt his mission had failed." Jesus knew his mission, prophesied his suffering, death, and resurrection, and yet felt his mission had failed? Perhaps, I thought initially, the modern English equivalence of "felt" and "thought" was handicapping my understanding: perhaps in Spanish, it's clear the archbishop was referring to Jesus' sense impressions and feeling, i.e., he felt failure, not his thoughts or belief (leaving aside that God knows not believes). If so, I could explain away my confusion by attributing it to the inadequacies of translation. But reading further, it seems clear he means "thought." He calls those who disagree with him "neo-Docetists because they basically do not believe that Jesus the Christ is bodily alive, is truly risen." Well, I don't think Jesus thought his mission had failed, and I do believe he truly is risen and is bodily alive.
The guidance of St. Ignatius's Spritual Exercises are evident throughout, sometimes directly but always there in the way he provides guidance to the priests of his Buenos Aires Archdiocese. Even though much of the book draws on his conferences to priests, it is easily adaptable to the lives of anyone trying to live a life guided by prayer and practice.
One of the things I liked most was Pope Francis's 8 chapters on the Book of Revelation. I've always been afraid of this topic, but Pope Francis actually draws out and explains the hope in it! I feel much better about that now.
I would consider this book a must-read not only for Catholics, but all Christians.