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The Gift of Peace : Personal Reflections by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin - Joseph L. Bernardin

The Gift of Peace

Personal Reflections by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

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Published: 1st January 1997
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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.

Personal Letter to the Readerp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Letting Gop. 1
False Accusationp. 13
Meditation: Emptying Oneselfp. 15
Facing False Chargesp. 19
Sharing the Truth with the Worldp. 24
The Case Unravelsp. 30
Meeting My Accuser: Forgiveness and Reconciliationp. 34
Cancerp. 43
Meditation: Suffering in Communion with the Lordp. 45
New Lifep. 53
Diagnosis: Cancerp. 58
An Aside: My Fatherp. 64
Sharing the News with My "Family"p. 66
Surgeryp. 69
An Aside: My Motherp. 72
My Cancer Ministry Beginsp. 74
A Priest First, a Patient Secondp. 79
Meditation: "As Those Who Serve"p. 81
Heeding God's Call: The Priesthoodp. 91
"Unofficial Chaplain" to Cancer Patientsp. 96
A Special Communityp. 99
Practicing What I Preachp. 102
An Aside: The Importance of Prayerp. 103
A Priest First, and a Patient Secondp. 107
Further Challengesp. 110
"A Sign of Hope": My Pastoral Letter on Healthcarep. 112
Letters from Fellow Cancer Patientsp. 119
Befriending Deathp. 129
Meditation: "Come to Me All You Who Are Weary and Find Life Burdensome"p. 131
A Visit from an Old Friendp. 137
The Cancer Returnsp. 138
Dying Publiclyp. 145
My Ministry Continuesp. 148
Meeting with the Holy Fatherp. 150
Letting Go of the Futurep. 152
Praying with the Presbyteratep. 152
Letting Go of My Ministryp. 154
The Cross Comes into Clear Viewp. 157
Conclusion: The Gift of Peacep. 161
Publisher's Notep. 167
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ISBN: 9780829409550
ISBN-10: 0829409556
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 153
Published: 1st January 1997
Publisher: Loyola University Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.32