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The Diary of a Country Priest Paperback – February, 1984
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The young priest, being devoured by cancer, is a luminous icon of Christ and a true Father to his flock. Darkness gathers around him - he is ascending Calvary with his Divine Master and his cross is the cancer in his body and a piercing dark night of the soul. A kind of petty wickedness surrounds him; even the children whom he catechises appeared aged ("wizened" as the writer to the preface notes) and bereft of innocence. By contrast, he is forever young and he is the innocent one.
"Look: I'll define you a Christian people by the opposite. The opposite of a Christian people is a people grown sad and old" (page 18) says his old mentor the Cure de Torcy to the young priest.
The young priest is constantly struck by his inadequacies: he is a mere drop in the ocean of time and he notes with irony the priest's call: "We pay a heavy, heavy price for the superhuman dignity of our calling. The ridiculous is always to near to the sublime". (page 74)
He notes the kind of self deceptivity that people engage in when confessing their sins (who is not painfully aware of the truth of here words?): "Petty lies can slowly form a crust around the consciousness, of evasion and subterfuge. The outer shell retains the vague shape of what it covers, but that is all. In time, by sheer force of habit, the least "gifted" end by evolving their own particular idiom, which still remain incredibly abstract.Read more ›
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This is a very deep book. I did not understand a lot of stuff. I ended up giving up on it.... I think a person into philosophy would really like it, but I do not think it is for... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Lilly
Possibly my favorite book ever. Fantastic look at the priesthood and life of celibacy. Excellent exploration of despair and what it means to have hope, and ultimately love.Published 26 days ago by Emily
This is a good book to revisit through the years. I enjoy that I can come back to its familiarity to remember the simplicity of this life. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sarah George
This is a truly great book, one that I read as a young man and has stayed with me throughout the years. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Sheila London
This is one of my favorite books. I know some think it slow, and I would agree; however, read it through to the end, and I think you will be glad you did. Read morePublished 10 months ago by KHayes
Georges Bernanos (1888-1948) was the author of some 16 works, published between 1926 and 1945. Bernanos is known as a “Catholic author,” and for good reason – several of the novels... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Glynn Young
Beautiful and insightful, a way of living and loving so long forgotten in this individualistic and loveless era.Published 13 months ago by Megan Levy
The "coming of age" story is a definitive genre. Usually, it is the story that we are handed in high school and which somehow we identify with because the main character is going... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peter S. Bradley