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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Year of Faith Treasury: The Roman Pontiff - Francis Fernandez

Year of Faith Treasury: The Roman Pontiff
Francis Fernandez
Scepter Publishing
ASIN B00AHGL574



This is the third book from this series of 6 that I have read this year. Each of the 6 volumes state that they are part of a larger forthcoming anthology. The 6 volumes are:

Prayer 
Holy Communion  
The Roman Pontiff   
The Sacrament of Confession 
The Virtue of Faith 
The Virtue of Fortitude 

But the numbering of the quotations the order would be:

Holy Communion  965
The Sacrament of Confession 1115
The Virtue of Faith 2225
The Virtue of Fortitude 2602
Prayer 3736
The Roman Pontiff   4630

But even then there are such gaps in the numbering of the quotations that between these 6 volumes we likely have less than a quarter of the final anthology. That being said these 6 little volumes and especially this on the pope are incredible reads. In fact this volume only has 18 points for reflection, 16 with 2 having sub points. But still it is an incredibly powerful tool for meditation and reflection.  For what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in content.

In the preface it is stated: "This collection of quotations aims to be useful to someone looking for points to ponder in prayer, for those preparing a homily or a talk, or an article for publication. The Introduction offers a short reflection on the theme which can serve as a basis for a homily or a talk. Then follow some references to Sacred Scripture, followed by quotations from the Magisterium, the Fathers of the Church, and the saints. This publication is taken from an Anthology [in preparation] and paragraph numbers are the ones used there." And the chapters in this booklet are:

Preface
Introduction
Quotations from Sacred Scripture
From the Magisterium, the Church Fathers and the saints
You are Peter
He has supreme power over the whole Church. Infallibility
In him we see Christ. Love for the Pope

The third point in the introduction declares: "The Pope takes the place of Christ on earth. We are to love him, to listen to him, because in his voice is the truth. And we will make his voice echo in the furthest corners of the earth, without distorting them; so, many who are disoriented may see the light, and many who are afflicted recover their hope. Living the Communion of Saints, we will pray every day for his person, as one of the most pleasant duties of our ordered charity." And this booklet is an excellent tool to help us grow in that devotion and knowledge. 

A few sample quotes from this booklet are:

The Pope takes the place of Christ on earth. We are to love him, to listen to him, because in his voice is the truth. And we will make his voice echo in the furthest corners of the earth, without distorting them; so, many who are disoriented may see the light, and many who are afflicted recover their hope. Living the Communion of Saints, we will pray every day for his person, as one of the most pleasant duties of our ordered charity.

"I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever you shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven," he represented the universal Church, which in this world is shaken by various temptations, that come upon it like torrents of rain, floods and tempests, and falls not, because it is founded upon a rock (petra), from which Peter received his name. (St Augustine, Tractate on St John's Gospel, 124)

We give you this exhortation in regard to everything, honourable brother; obediently heed these matters which the most blessed Pope of the city of Rome has written, because Blessed Peter who lives and presides in his own see proffers the truth of faith to those who seek it. For we, in the interests of peace and of faith, cannot deal with topics which relate to the faith except in communion with the bishop of Rome. (St Peter Chrysologus, Letter to Eutyches, 2)

As you can see from these few samples this booklet is packed with great information.  And is useful for personal meditation and reflection. It can be used for preparing talks or recollections. And will help to enrich your faith and understanding of the church's teachings. I highly recommend this booklet in particular and the series as a whole. I also eagerly await the release of the whole series.

(Note: this books is part of a series: A Year of Reading Intention - Catholic Reading!)


Books edited by Francis Fernandez Carvajal:
Year of Faith Treasury: The Sacrament of Confession 
Year of Faith Treasury: The Virtue of Faith
Year of Faith Treasury: The Virtue of Fortitude 

In Conversation with God:

In Conversation with God eBooks:
Volume 1 Part 1 Advent 
Volume 1 Part 2 Christmas and Epiphany
Volume 2 Part 1 Lent and Holy Week
Volume 2 Part 2 Eastertide
Volume 3 Part 1 Ordinary Time Weeks 1-6
Volume 3 Part 2 Ordinary Time Weeks 7-12
Volume 4 Part 1 Ordinary Time Weeks 13-18
Volume 4 Part 2 Ordinary Time Weeks 19-23
Volume 5 Part 1 Ordinary Time Weeks 24-28
Volume 5 Part 2 Ordinary Time Weeks 29-34
Volume 6 Part 1 Special Feasts January-March
Volume 6 Part 2 Special Feasts April-June
Volume 7 Part 1 Special Feats July -September
Volume 7 Part 2 Special Feats October -December

Books by Francis Fernandez Carvajal:
Overcoming Lukewarmness
Through The Winds and Waves
The Day that Changed My Life





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