By John W. O'Malley
A historical past of the Popes tells the tale of the oldest residing establishment within the Western world—the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' leader disciple, via Pope Benedict XVI this present day, the popes were key gamers in almost the entire nice dramas of the western global within the final thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's enticing narrative examines the 265 people who have claimed to be Peter's successors. instead of describe each one pope one after the other, the publication makes a speciality of the popes that formed pivotal moments in either church and global background. the writer doesn't turn away from controversies within the church, and comprises legends like Pope Joan and a complete checklist of popes and antipopes to assist readers get an entire photograph of the papacy.
This concurrently reverent but severe e-book will attract readers drawn to either faith and historical past because it chronicles the saints and sinners who've led the Roman Catholic Church during the last 2000 years. the writer attracts from his renowned audio CD lecture sequence at the subject, 2,000 Years of Papal background, to be had via Now you recognize Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).
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Jesus not only believed in the kingdom of God, he died for it. He was not only convinced that hope was valid, he went to his death because of that conviction. At the time of the intense expe rience we call the Transfiguration, Jesus saw more clearly than he had before that he would probably be taken and executed. His conviction of the power of God and the hope that flowed from that conviction had to be put to the final test of death. Down through the ages some Christians have been so con cerned about protecting rhe truth of the special presence of God in Jesus that they have come to deprive him of most of his 18 TH E MYSTERY OF JESUS OF NAZARETH humanity.
Christians are quite simply those who believe that Jesus was right, and that we are right when we are willing to push our intuition of graciousness to its farthest limit and even beyond. But such belief is not merely the dull assent to an abstract proposition. To believe that Jesus was right means I share in his experience of a God madly in love with me, and then live as one must who is caught up in such a love affair. Responding to love is always difficult and awkward, but when we find that we are loved, we are happy and we rejoice.
And thus it is with any lover whose beloved is fearful and hesitant. The Father is the God who creates, the Son is the God who speaks, the Spirit is the God who calls. The mystery of the Holy Spirit does not tell us that life is completely safe. It does not tell us that despite all evidence to the contrary we can trust everyone and take every risk. It does not assure us that we will not get hurt. It does not hide from us the evil of death. It does not claim to pro tect us from all the pain that vulnerability entails.