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Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII Paperback – November 9, 1999
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This Image Books edition features a biographical portrait of Pope John by his personal secretary, Monsignor Loris Capovilla. It also includes several of his most moving prayers, sixty brief thoughts and aphorisms, his "Rules for the Ascetic Life," many of his letters, even his last will and testament. Christians everywhere will welcome the reissue of "one of the most original, interesting, and inspiring revelations of intimate personal experiences ever written," which "ranks well with the classic spiritual autobiographies" ("Critic).
Journal of a Soul, the first ever such work from a Roman pontiff, opens new windows onto the soul of the man himself.
Top Customer Reviews
John XXIII had no political axe to grind. By his very nature and the fact that he was expected to be a 'caretaker' he was uniquely able to bring his church into the twentieth century. Some have alleged that through his actions he may have saved the Catholic church for the twenty-first.
This is a unique book, for it demonstrates a man of humility without excessive self-righteousness. His love for God and for his fellow man are demonstrated in equal measure. As some have said of John Paul II, John XXIII 'humanized' the papacy. That he was able to do this without diminishing the authority of his office was part of his genius.
As a previous reviewer noted, I agree that John's work in areas not dominated by Roman Catholics appears to have widened his world, perhaps laying the groundwork for his later ecuminical progress.
This is a memoir that doesn't require one to be a Roman Catholic to enjoy, and to admire. Holiness through living rather than platitudes. Very highly recommended to anyone!
This journal or "diary" written by Angel Roncalli chronicles his life . . from youth until just before his passing . .from a student . .to Vativcan diplomat . . . to "Pope". It is not a simple recounting of biographical events . . . but give us John XXIII's thoughts as to how and why he lived these events . . .the spiritual judgements which guided him along his journey. . .
Pope John XXIII always remained faithful to the spirit of God and His guidance and direction . . . yes, he grew in spirit and evolved . . and yet always remained consistently "the same person". He never lived a pretense . . . he was who and what he was . . . andc he presented that face to the world in all honesty and humility. . . . and he was accepted by so many because of this straitforwardness . . he was loved . . . by catholics and non-catholics alike. He opened doors, not just the "aggiornomento" of the church . . . but he opened doors of people's hearts, not just to him . . .but to each other.
There would have been no "Vatican Council II" without his initiative and spirit to set it on its course. The sixties were also a time of "loosening" and "opening windows" everywhere . . . there may not have been a 'sixties" as we know them had there not come into the fore Pope John XXIII.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even though a century has passed with some of the writing, It gives great insight into this saint of our times.Published 12 months ago by A. P. Wright
The Second Vatican Cpunci has exposed the great diced among Catholics. If we carefully read good Pope John's spiritual oddysee, we see that the Couuncil (was) is a call to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Walter L. Dolan
I belong to a church book club, and we recently read this book. It took the club about two or three months to finish the book, and every discussion was enjoyable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Thomas Schonhoff
Wonderful journal of St. John XXIII. Highly recommended.Published 20 months ago by Diane M. Becerra
Pope St. John XXIII was canonized this spring with Pope St. John Paul II and can be looked over as a Pope who was the driving force behind the Second Vatican Council. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chelsea
an easy to read book which gives ample food for thought and can be read over again and again. I knew very little of Pope John XXlll before I read this and am truly inspired.Published 22 months ago by Mary F. Griffin