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Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year Paperback – December 1, 1992
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It cannot be stressed enough, of course, that Papa Ratzi is, was, and shall always be an intellectual. He will not be everybody's cup of tea, but if in doubt, try him -- he is worth the effort. These excerpts are very carefully chosen to highlight some of his best and most evocative writing. As much of his writing appeared only in obscure theological journals, this was obviously no small feat. The German nun who put this together deserves great credit. Each nugget is perfectly rounded off at either end, most no longer than a page. And each is, indeed, a thought -- not an ecstasy, rant, or podge of pietistic mumbling -- elegant and clear. And indeed food for a following day's thought, something that will stick with you.
Ratzinger's voice, of course, is post-Vatican 2; the Christian community is a recurring theme. But it is often enough linked to the greater body of pre-existing Catholic teaching on the sacred mysteries that the council was supposed to merely restate in a modern idiom, not alter. Some may tire of a certain scholarly bent, a lack of tough confrontation with either you or the whole bad world. No, he is no Father Corapi -- nor has he the studied largescale dynamics of a Sheen. There is a certain cloistered air to the meditions, for sure. But their strength is in an unaffected grace, beauty in clarity, and certain conviction. If not shouted from the mountaintops, Ratzinger's meditations are quite obviously so part and parcel of him he probably repeats them in his sleep. Simply, this is another of those little books that had unique value whether or not the writer held any high ofice, much less the papacy.
Having looked at many "Introductions to Catholicism" in order to better recommend books to those inquiring about a simple reference book to better understand their faith, I have found that this works well as both an introduction to Catholic faith and as an introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The simple Question and Answer format allows for this book to be "taken it at your own pace".