Perseverance in Trials: Reflections on Job

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Liturgical Press, 1992 - Religion - 141 pages
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Christian life, like life generally, is marked by trials. For this reason, the author has chosen the Book of Job as a primary text for reflection, although other passages of the Old and New Testaments are also offered for meditation.

The story of Job spoke to the Jewish people exiled in Babylonia, even as it speaks to us today. It inspires questions such as, Does suffering have meaning? Can human beings ask God to account for that suffering? It counters those questions by asking for belief in God's ultimate justice and (humanly) incomprehensible wisdom.

In comments marked by spiritual and pastoral depth, Cardinal Martini, Archbishop of Milan, dwells on certain passages of Job that help shed light on the meaning of the mystery of the human person and the mystery of God. The reflections are gathered from retreat lectures given by the cardinal. When read in an atmosphere of prayer, these pages become a source of light, nourishment, strength, incentive, and consolation.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
Introduction to the Mystery of Trials
23
The Testing of the Rich Young Man Homily
32
Job Cannot Accept Himself
36
Jobs Examination of Conscience
51
Blessed among Women Homily
64
The Struggle for Obedience of the Mind
81
The Ineffable Justice of God Homily
92
Three Exemplars of Obedience of the Mind
106
The Fulfillment of the Suffering Church Homily
118
A Luminous Example of Selfless Love Homily
134
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About the author (1992)

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini is the archbishop of Milan. His more than forty books include Once More from Emmaus, In the Thick of His Ministry, Jacob's Dream, and the Joy of the Gospel.

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