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Publisher Comments:

I can say in all sincerity that I am at peace. I consider this as God’s special gift to me.”

—Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Arch-bishop of Chicago, announcing on August 30, 1996, that his cancer had returned after fifteen months of being in remission. The Cardinal died November 14, 1996.

In the final two months of his life, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin made it his mission to share his personal reflections and insights in this book, The Gift of Peace. Using as a framework the previous three years, which included false accusation of sexual misconduct, diagnosis of cancer, and return of the cancer after fifteen months of being in remission, Cardinal Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly. At the end of his life, the Cardinal was at peace. He accepted his peace as a gift from God, and through this book, he shares that gift with the world. The Gift of Peace is part of the Cardinal’s pastoral legacy; through this book his ministry lives on.

From The Gift of Peace:

“The past three years have taught me a great deal about myself and my relationship to God, the Church, and others. . . . Within these major events lies the story of my life—what I have believed and who I have worked hard to be. And because of the nature of these events, I have deepened and developed my own spirituality and gained insights that I want to share. By no means are these reflections meant to be a comprehensive autobiography. They are simply reflections from my heart to yours. I hope they will be of help to you in your own life so you too can enjoy the deep inner peace—God’s wonderful gift to me—that I now embrace as I stand on the threshold of eternal life.

 

Book News Annotation:

The reflections of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin during the final two months of his life--he died of cancer on November 14, 1996. Cardinal Bernardin talks openly of events that occurred during the previous three years, including the false accusation of sexual misconduct, diagnosis of cancer, and return of cancer after 15 months of being in remission. Throughout the book, he shares the peace he accepted as a gift from God. A portion of receipts will go to The Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A New York Times Bestseller!
In the final two months of his life, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin made it his mission to share his personal reflections and insights in this book, The Gift of Peace. Using as a framework the previous three years of his life, which included a widely publicized false accusation of sexual misconduct and a re-diagnosis of cancer after 15 months of remission, Cardinal Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly. At the end of his life, the Cardinal showed us all that one of the greatest gifts we can receive is the gift of peace—a gift that comes from God alone.

Synopsis:

Relating the personal reflections on the last three years of his life, this was the mission of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin in the final months of his battle with pancreatic cancer. Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly as a man who had been given the gift of peace, peace both with himself and with his God.

Synopsis:

Award Winner! A New York Times best seller! In the final two months of his life, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin made it his mission to share his personal reflections and insights in this book. Using as a framework the previous three years of his life, Cardinal Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly.

About the Author

Joseph Cardinal Bernadin was born in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1928. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Charleston in 1952 and served as an Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta (1966-68), general secretary of the U.S. bishops' conference in Wash., D.C. (1968-72), Archbishop of Cincinnati (1972-82), President of the bishops' conference (1974-77), and Archbishop of Chicago (1982-96). He became a cardinal in 1983. He chaired the U.S. bishops' committee that drafted a pastoral letter on war and peace and often articulated the need for a consistent ethic of life. Cardinal Bernadin was widely respected for his gentleness, his spirituality, and his ability to reconcile. He received the Medal of Freedom at the White House two months before he died of pancreatic cancer.

Table of Contents

Contents

Personal Letter to the Reader vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Letting Go 1

Part One: False Accusation 13

Meditation: Emptying Oneself  15

Facing False Charges 19

Sharing the Truth with the World 24

The Case Unravels 30

Meeting My Accuser:?

Forgiveness and Reconciliation 34

Part Two: Cancer 43

Meditation: Suffering in Communion with the Lord 45

New Life 51

Diagnosis: Cancer 55

An Aside: My Father 61

Sharing the News with My “Family 63

Surgery 66

An Aside: My Mother 68

My Cancer Ministry Begins 71

 

Part Three: A Priest First, a Patient Second 75

Meditation: “As Those Who Serve” 77

Heeding God’s Call: The Priesthood 85

“Unofficial Chaplain” to Cancer Patients 90

A Special Community 92

Practicing What I Preach 95

An Aside: The Importance of Prayer 96

A Priest First, and a Patient Second 100

Further Challenges 103

“A Sign of Hope”: My Pastoral  Letter on Healthcare 105

Letters from Fellow Cancer Patients 111

Part Four: Befriending Death 21

Meditation: “Come to Me All You Who Are Weary and Find Life Burdensome” 123

A Visit from an Old Friend 127

The Cancer Returns 128

Dying Publicly 134

My Ministry Continues 137

Meeting with the Holy Father 139

Letting Go of the Future 140

Praying with the Presbyterate 141

Letting Go of My Ministry 142

The Cross Comes into Clear View 145

Conclusion: The Gift of Peace 149

Product Details

ISBN:
9780829409550
Author:
Bernardin, Joseph Cardinal
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Author:
Bernardin, Joseph
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Roman Catholicism
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Inspirational - Catholic
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Cardinals
Subject:
Spiritual life -- Catholic Church.
Subject:
Chicago Region
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Christian Life - Inspirational - Catholic
Subject:
Death -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Subject:
Christianity-Inspirational
Subject:
cardinal bernardin
Subject:
catholic memoir
Subject:
catholic autobiography
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Series Volume:
F
Publication Date:
19970131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.69 in 0.67 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Times Bestseller!
In the final two months of his life, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin made it his mission to share his personal reflections and insights in this book, The Gift of Peace. Using as a framework the previous three years of his life, which included a widely publicized false accusation of sexual misconduct and a re-diagnosis of cancer after 15 months of remission, Cardinal Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly. At the end of his life, the Cardinal showed us all that one of the greatest gifts we can receive is the gift of peace—a gift that comes from God alone.
"Synopsis" by , Relating the personal reflections on the last three years of his life, this was the mission of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin in the final months of his battle with pancreatic cancer. Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly as a man who had been given the gift of peace, peace both with himself and with his God.
"Synopsis" by , Award Winner! A New York Times best seller! In the final two months of his life, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin made it his mission to share his personal reflections and insights in this book. Using as a framework the previous three years of his life, Cardinal Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly.
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