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Monday, June 11, 2007
More on the Pope's book, Jesus of Nazareth
Today I want to say a few more words about Benedict XVI's "Jesus of Nazareth". I see that it is on the New York Times Bestseller List for the second week at 6th place and suspect that many will be buying it in the months to come. The Pope said that he was publishing the first ten chapters since he does not know "how much more time or strength" he will be given. His "urgent priority is to present the figure and message of Jesus in his public ministry, and so to help foster the growth of a living relationship with him." He wrote this book because he believed that "intimate friendship with Jesus, on which everything depends, is in danger of clutching at thin air." Any book that tries to help us develop our relationship with Jesus is worth reading, especially since this book is based on solid Scripture study but presented in a very readable way.
Hello, my name is Helen Rosenthal, RSCJ. Those initials stand for Religious of the Sacred Heart in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Since my religious congregation began in France in 1800 and now is all over the world, we have kept the RSCJ. By now you know that I am not only known as Dr. Helen Rosenthal, but also as Sister Helen Rosenthal.
I am the oldest of four children. We were all born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We lived in a big house with a playroom on the third floor. On Sundays we either went to my paternal grandmother's house where her six children would gather faithfully for supper or we would have my mother's father and our great aunt and uncle for a roast beef dinner at home. In summer, I would go to the lake with my Dad and I still love to swim.