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Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity Hardcover – March 11, 2014
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"Ronald Rolheiser is one of the great Christian spiritual writers of our time, as well as one of my own personal favorites. I have read, and recommended, his beautiful book The Holy Longing more times than I can remember. His sequel, Sacred Fire, is a superb book--one to give to a seeker looking to find God, to a friend struggling with a relationship with God, to a devout believer looking to deepen his or her faith--or best of all, to yourself, as a way of coming to know the God who desires ever more to know you." —James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
"When Ron Rolheiser writes, it is clear, compelling, and challenging, plus it is about issues that matter to the soul. Well, here he does it again--and does it well!" —Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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RONALD ROLHEISER O.M.I., is a specialist in the fields of spirituality and systematic theology. His regular column in the Catholic Herald is featured in newspapers in five different countries. He is the author of the prizewinning The Restless Heart as well as Forgotten Among the Lilies. His book The Holy Longing has more than a quarter of a million copies in print.
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To use St. Paul's analogy, 'The Holy Longing' is for when you're still on spiritual milk (quite necessary to begin with) and 'Sacred Fire' is for when you're ready for solid food (not to begin too soon, but quite necessary when it's time). We can't nurse forever and we can't stay on spiritual milk forever.
Fr. Rolheiser calls The Holy Longing a book about essential discipleship or Discipleship 101 and Sacred Fire about mature discipleship or Discipleship 201. I sincerely hope he releases his planned third book in this thought, about radical discipleship or Discipleship 301, to be about giving your life away. By dying well, in discipleship so deep, your death becomes a gift to those you leave behind. My parents gave me this gift and I look forward to reading Fr. Ron's teaching on this.
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