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God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life Paperback – June 1, 2003
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Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is one of the most renowned Catholic theological and spiritual writers of our times. His numerous books include God and the World, Salt of the Earth, and The Spirit of the Liturgy.
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The understanding and insight demonstrated by this book is truly remarkable. With casual ease, Pope Benedict explains the Biblical and historical contexts and origins of Christian practices and doctrines. Beyond this, this book aims to identify and answer the most pressing contemporary concerns that people have about the Eucharist, the liturgy, God and the idea of an afterlife. Pope Benedict is not afraid to address very difficult religious and theological questions. But, as the Pope says in his own words (p.149-150) this book is intended to teach the faith and encourage reflection on one's personal faith, rather than be a scholarly treatment of the subjects.
If you interested in a highly readable book on Catholic beliefs, written by a respected and learned author, then this book is for you. As well, if you are curious to know why Joseph Ratzinger was chosen to be Pope, read this book and learn how capable he is. All in all, one of the best books I have read.
The Pope touched on a few subjects throughout the book being the Eucharist the main theme. According to the author, and he should know, the Eucharist has two dimensions, namely, adoration and communion. Through the Eucharist we meet Jesus again and again in an intimate and sublime way.
God loved us first and He became flesh and blood at a given point in history with the purpose of redeeming us all. This book does touch on what was stated in the previous sentence and much more. Enjoy it.
Great book to read if your wanting a deeper understanding of the Eucharist and some of the deeper beliefs of the catholic faith.