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Crossing the Threshold of Hope Paperback – September 19, 1995
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Original Language: Italian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I recommend the book to any non-Catholic who wants to get a more accurate perspective of what the Roman Catholic Church believes at its heart.
An important message in this book is reiterated strongly by JPII's pontificate: Be not afraid. Great advice from probably the greatest Pope we've had in a long time.
I thought of Jake today when I read again about the late Pope's best friend from childhood, a Jew named "Jerzy" who stands out in this book like a beacon to understanding between the three great religions who share the same Patriarchs, Moses and the Prophets.
"A few years ago," John Paul II writes (on page 97) "Jerzy came to me to say that the place where the synagogue (in their home town of Wadowice) had been destroyed by the Germans, no longer exists." The pope says Jerzy informed him that "the place where the synagogue had stood `should be honored with a special commemorative plaque.' And . . . at that moment we both felt a deep emotion. We recalled faces of people we knew and cared for, and those Saturdays of our childhood and adolescence when the Jewish community gathered for prayer." The pope sent his friend back to their hometown with a letter supporting Jerzy's wish "as a sign of my solidarity and spiritual union" with Jerzy and his people.
"That trip wasn't easy for Jerzy as he brought that letter to my fellow citizens in Wadowice. All the members of his family who had remained in that small town had died at Auschwitz. His visit for the unveiling of the plaque in commemoration of the local synagogue was his first in 50 years. . . .Read more ›
One of the first questions in the book might well be summed up in a sense as 'who do you think you are?' Messori asks this with all its possible meanings; the Pope addresses the answers - does the Pope represent anything more than the remnant of powerful historical mythology, or is there something more? The Pope recasts the question, as he does occasionally in this text, seeking greater clarification. Rather than answering the question 'who do you think you are?', he changes it to 'why be afraid of who you are?' This is question that applies not simply to the Pope, but to all of us, as we stand before God as part of God's creation.
The portion of the text that deals with Mariology is particularly interesting, given Pope John Paul II's particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here one gets some of the deepest of emotions from the Pope, as he talks about his spiritual life in both mystical and practical terms.
This is not a systematic theology; it is more a series of reflective responses to questions posed by someone outside formal theological tradition (although it is obvious that Messori's questions have theological depth).Read more ›
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For the type of book it was meant to be, it fills the bill perfectly.Published 7 months ago by K. Osteroos
A must read for anyone. Your view of Pope John Paul II will change from Holy man to Intellectual and Holy man.Published 9 months ago by steve king
Excellent quality as advertised. Excellent interview with Pope John Paul II.Published 11 months ago by Nick W.
I loved this book, and I'm not even Catholic. I think it is a real grace that John Paul II was there to help shape the post-Vatican II church.Published 20 months ago by tspencer