The Word of God


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By Romano Guardini

“These three remain,” writes St. Paul of faith, hope, and love. In this tri­partite theological meditation, Romano Guardini ponders the staying power, so to speak, of these virtues. The first, “The Word of God”—a reflection on the Prologue of St. John’s Gospel—concerns faith and the generative power of Jesus, the Word made flesh and splendor of the Father, who reveals God to man and imparts the gift of faith to all who would receive it. The second, “The Yearning of Creation”—a reflection on chapter 8 of the Letter to the Romans—concerns hope and God’s promise of eternal life as the definitive answer to man’s intrinsic yearning for ultimate fulfillment. The third, “The Canticle of Love”—a reflection on the consummate brilliance of chapter 13 of the First Letter to the Corinthians—concerns charity, the greatest of the virtues and the very foundation of reality.

My Word shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

A primer in many ways for the encyclicals of Pope Benedict XVI, The Word of God is an instructive and inspiring examination of the essential, divinely infused powers of the Christian life.

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Romano Guardini (1885–1968) was a Catholic priest, professor, and author. He taught theology and philosophy at the University of Berlin, University of Tübingen, and University of Munich. Included among his intellectual disciples are Josef Pieper, Luigi Giussani, and Joseph Ratzinger.

Paperback: 109pp.

ISBN: 978-1685951429