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Perseverance in Trials : Reflections on Job - Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

Perseverance in Trials

Reflections on Job

Paperback Published: 1st December 1996
ISBN: 9780814620601
Number Of Pages: 144

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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.

Prefacep. 9
Introduction to the Retreatp. 13
Renewing the Spirit of Prayerp. 14
The Theme of the Retreatp. 14
The Book of Jobp. 21
Introduction to the Mystery of Trialsp. 23
The Story in the Prologue of Jobp. 24
Some Questionsp. 25
Teachingsp. 28
The Book of Humanity's Poorestp. 30
The Testing of the Rich Young Man (Homily)p. 32
Job Cannot Accept Himselfp. 36
Introductionp. 36
Job Curses the Day of His Birthp. 38
Job's Cry and the Prayer of Lamentationp. 42
Suggestionsp. 45
Job's Examination of Consciencep. 51
Job's Final Monologuep. 52
Start for the Meditationp. 62
Blessed among Women (Homily)p. 64
Moderation and Knowledgep. 67
Job Refuses to Accept Self-ignorancep. 68
Wisdom Is Beyond All Understandingp. 70
God's Answerp. 72
Start for the Meditationp. 74
Practical Applicationsp. 75
The Struggle for Obedience of the Mindp. 81
The Obedience of Faithp. 82
The Disorderly Mindp. 83
Various Forms of Disobedience of the Mindp. 84
Purification of the Mind According to the Fathersp. 86
Suggestionsp. 88
The Ineffable Justice of God (Homily)p. 92
Three Ways of Struggling with Godp. 96
Complaint of the Creature Against the Creator (Job 10)p. 97
Mary's Struggle with Jesus (John 2)p. 100
The Struggle of the Canaanite Woman (Matt 15:21-28)p. 102
Our Ability to Struggle with Godp. 105
Three Exemplars of Obedience of the Mindp. 106
The Obedience of Abrahamp. 107
The End of Job's Journeyp. 109
The Example of Jesus in Gethsemanep. 113
Final Thoughtsp. 116
The Fulfillment of the Suffering Church (Homily)p. 118
Job and the Song of Songsp. 122
The Ineffable Mystery of the Trinityp. 122
Two Unwearying Questsp. 125
A God Who Hides Himselfp. 129
Job, a Poem of Lovep. 132
A Luminous Example of Selfless Love (Homily)p. 134
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 139
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ISBN: 9780814620601
ISBN-10: 0814620604
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st December 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.98 x 13.82  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.2