Seek That Which Is Above Meditations Through the Year

ISBN-10: 1586171879
ISBN-13: 9781586171872
Edition: N/A
Authors: Joseph Ratzinger
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Description: In this beautifully illustrated book, Cardinal Ratzinger gives us meditations on various Liturgical Seasons and Feasts throughout the year, as well as other interesting spiritual and secular themes. These profound and inspiring thoughts bring his  More...

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List price: $14.95
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 135
Size: 7.00" wide x 6.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In this beautifully illustrated book, Cardinal Ratzinger gives us meditations on various Liturgical Seasons and Feasts throughout the year, as well as other interesting spiritual and secular themes. These profound and inspiring thoughts bring his broad theological experience as well as his wide literary interests to his people. Here is a shepherd nourishing spiritually the faithful addressed to his care. Known as one of the most penetrating intellectual defenders of orthodoxy, Cardinal Ratzinger is also highly regarded as a spiritual writer. Covering a wide variety of spiritual topics, Cardinal Ratzinger's thought provoking meditations help the faithful Catholic to seek that which is above. Among the themes the Cardinal covers include Advent, Candlemas, Mardi Gras, the Easter Mystery, Corpus Christi, Marian Devotion, Vacation & Rest, Peace and Creation. This beautiful hardcover edition also includes a number of striking full color icon illustrations. A perfect Christmas gift, as well as inspirational and instructive spiritual reading for oneself throughout the year.

Joseph Ratzinger was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn in the state of Bavaria, Germany. Ratzinger entered the minor seminary in Traunstein, in 1939 and in 1943 along with the rest of his seminary class he was drafted into the Flak [anti-aircraft corps]. In 1944 he was released from the Flak and returned home only to be drafted into labor detail under the infamous Austrian Legion. In the spring of 1945 Ratzinger deserted the army and headed home but when the Americans arrive at his village shortly thereafter, he was identified as a German soldier and incarcerated in a POW camp for a brief time. Following his release he re-entered the seminary. In 1951 Joseph was ordained into the priesthood and began lectures as a full professor of fundamental theology at the University of Bonn. From 1962-65 Ratzinger was present during all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council as a peritus, or chief theological advisor to Cardinal Joseph Frings of Cologne, Germany. . In 1977 Joseph Ratzinger was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and on June 27 elevated to Cardinal of Munich by Pope Paul VI. In 1981 Ratzinger accepted Pope John Paul II's invitation to take over as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in 1986 he was appointed head of a 12-member commission responsible for drafting the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected vice dean of the College of Cardinals in 1988. In 2002 Pope John Paul II, approved his election as dean of the College of Cardinals. On April 8, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II. On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Bishop of Rome on the fourth ballot of the conclave and took the name Benedict XVI.

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