Pope Francis was just named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year 2013. He connects with people of all traditions and walks of life, especially with the young, the forgotten, and the forlorn. The cameras show him in Rome, in Brazil, in Lampedusa reaching out to the crowds, holding infants, embracing the disabled. What is the source of his energy, and his spiritual vitality? Open Mind, Faithful Heart contains the spiritual-map of Pope Francis, and is perhaps the best introduction to what makes the Pope the engaging pastor he is.The inspiration needed to address the urgent challenges to our world and human living today is clearly outlined in this book. The spiritual foundation for much of what Pope Francis has surprised the world with since his election, radically reframing the Catholic contribution, is found in these texts which Pope Francis and others painstakingly pulled together and edited into this book shortly before he was called to be our new Pope. Open Mind, Faithful Heart is not something thrown together at the last minute: it is, rather a compelling manual that offers an irreplaceable window into the heart and soul of the pope who is changing how the world sees the Church.The strong scriptural orientation of the Pope is evident in the countless references to both the Hebrew and Christian Testaments. To help the reader, this edition supplements the original text by providing scriptural citations throughout. The language of these pages speaks to the heart as much as to the mind. These are meditations to be savored, rather than just read quickly and filed away.
“Especially during the holidays, readers of any faith will be able to enjoy this book and take inspiration to reflect on their own spiritual journey, wherever that may be directed towards. We are blessed to be able to bring these transformative and uplifting words of Pope Francis to English-language readers.” Gwendolin Herder, Publisher.
About the Author:
Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. In his over 40 years as a Catholic priest, he has drawn “high marks as an accomplished intellectual, having studied theology in Germany.” He is seen as someone who personally straddles the divide between the liberals and conservatives in the Catholic Church. Francis has supported the social justice ethos of Latin American Catholicism, including a robust defense of the poor. At the same time, he has generally tended to accent growth in personal holiness over efforts for structural reform.
Title: Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus
Authors: Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio)
Publication Date: November 18, 2013
Price: $29.95 Hardcover
Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus is available at Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com and a variety of local retailers. To learn more about the book go to www.popefrancisbook.com.
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