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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Pope's Book, A Bridge
I think that Jesus of Nazareth is a book that bridges the scholarly texts and the devotional lives of Jesus and is so simply and concisely written that anyone will learn to know Jesus better by reading it. I must confess that I have not yet managed to read much of it, but love what I am reading.
The Introduction says that the teaching of Jesus "originates from immediate contact with the Father, 'from face-to-face' dialogue--from the vision of the one who rests close to the Father's heart: It is the Son's word. Without this inner grounding, his teaching would be pure presumtion."
Jesus spent many nights in prayer; this is the source of his actions and teaching - his deep communion with the Father- this way of "praying" makes us able to participate in his filial communion with the Father.
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.