Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus

Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus


By (author) Pope Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio, By (author) Pope Francis, Edited by Gustavo Larrazabal, Translated by Joseph Owens

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  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 32mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 18 November 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0824519973
  • ISBN 13: 9780824519971
  • Sales rank: 56,810

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"The secret of Pope Francis is found in this book." --Bishop Martinez CaminoMuch is being said and written about him. To understand Pope Francis more deeply, read what he himself has published--now in English for the first time."These deeply spiritual reflections on how we follow Jesus make the perfect holiday gift, and an ideal choice for daily spiritual reading. Open Mind, Faithful Heart reveals like no other book the depths of Pope Francis' deep faith, joy, and compassion. It is "not just for reading. It is a path for prayer and a guide for life." --Joseph V. Owens, S.J., translator.Pope Francis connects with people, especially the young, the forgotten, and the forlorn. The cameras show him in Rome, in Brazil, in Lampedusa reaching out to the crowds, holding infants, embracing the disabled. What is the source of his energy, and his spiritual vitality? This book is perhaps the best introduction to what makes the Pope the engaging pastor he is.The inspiration needed to address the urgent challenges to our world and human living today is clearly outlined in this book. The spiritual foundation for much of what Pope Francis has surprised the world with since his election, radically reframing the Catholic contribution, is found in these texts which their author wished to gather just before expecting to retire--but then being called to Rome instead. Open Mind, Faithful Heart offers an irreplaceable window into the heart and soul of the pope who is changing how the world sees the Church.The strong scriptural orientation of the Pope is evident in the countless references to both the Old and New Testament. To help the reader, this edition supplements the original text by providing scriptural citations. The language of these pages speaks to the heart as much as to the mind.

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Author information

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope on March 13, 2013, taking the name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi. His priestly ordination was in 1969, and in 1992, he was consecrated auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires and given the titular see of Auca. He became Buenos Aires's coadjutor bishop in 1997, succeeded as the see's archbishop the following year, and was elevated to cardinal in 2001. He is the author of "The Power to Serve." Gustavo Larrazabal, CMF, is a Claretian missionary from Argentina. He is the former publisher of Claretian Publications of Buenos Aires. As the editor of the works of Cardinal Bergoglio, he is also a close friend. Joseph Owens, SJ, is a Jesuit who has spent most of his active career working in the Caribbean and Central America. His various ministries have included grass-roots organizing, pastoral work, radio apostolate, and teaching.

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"Since March 13, 2013, when we first saw Pope Francis stand a bit awe-struck on the papal balcony and ask the assembled faithful to bless him as he began his pontificate, we knew that change was in the air. And the Pope's subsequent actions and decisions have verified that--in ways more dramatically positive than we had ever imagined. This collection of 48 conferences of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., written before his election as Pope and most ably translated by Joseph V. Owens, S.J., allow his readers to know him close up and personal. His topics--ranging from Jesus in dialogue, to the courage of the cross, to reading the Apocalypse, to the solitude of prayer, to the mystery of talking to God--show the breadth of a spiritually deeply rooted in Sacred Scripture. Many of the essays conclude with an invitation to his readers to pray and reflect on his observations and insights, much in the spirit of what Saint Ignatius of Loyola does in the Spiritual Exercises. I highly recommend "Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus"."--Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J.