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The Rosaryby Garry Wills
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The New York Times bestselling historian takes on a pressing question in modern religion—will Pope Francis embrace change?
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first from the Americas, offers a challenge to his church. Can he bring about significant change? Should he?
Garry Wills, the prizewinning historian, argues that changes have been the evidence of life in the Catholic Church. It has often changed, sometimes with bad consequences, more often with good—good enough to make it perdure. In this brilliant and incisive study, he gives seven examples
of deep and serious changes that have taken place (or are taking place) within the last century. None of them was effected by the pope all by himself.
As Wills contends, it is only by examining the history of the Church that we can understand Pope Franciss and the Churchs challenges, and, as history shows, any changes that meet those challenges will have impact only if the Church, the people of God, support them. In reading the Churchs history, Wills considers the lessons Pope Francis seems to have learned. The challenge that Pope Francis offers the Church is its ability to undertake new spiritual adventures, making it a poor church for the poor, after the example of Jesus.
In an age when self -help methods abound and meditation is a common prescriptive, Garry Willsone of the most respected writers on religious topics todayoffers an extraordinary journey through one of the oldest aids to spiritual contemplation.
Drawing together history and readings from scripture, Wills explains the beads on the rosary and the moments in Christs life they represent, illustrating each mystery with a stunning Tintoretto painting. The result is an illuminating and poignant exploration of the power of prayer that will edify and inspire readers.
With gorgeous full-color reproductions of paintings by Renaissance master Tintoretti illustrating the mysteries, this title will be an ideal book for those who practice the rosary or are seeking a new, timeless form of contemplation.
About the Author
Garry Wills's Penguin Lives biography of Saint Augustine was a New York Times Notable Book. He is also the author of What Jesus Meant and the New York Times bestsellers Why I Am a Catholic and Papal Sin, and his Lincoln at Gettysburg won a Pulitzer Prize.
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