Saturday, November 17, 2012

Coming Soon: the Pope's newest book!

Mary's title as "Ark of the Covenant"
seems a fitting symbol for the
Feast of the Presentation.
It is touching that the Pope's book on the Infancy Narratives (the first chapters of Matthew and Luke, which give us our array of Christmas images) will be released on November 21, the feast of the Presentation of the child Mary.  Mary was the "dawn" announcing the rising Sun, so on a feast celebrating Mary's joyful consecration to God, we can begin to savor some new insights about the coming of her Son.

I preordered the Kindle edition of the book (even though I really prefer "real" books); I'll be reading it by the evening of the 21st. I'm delighted to have this on time for our Christmas concert trip! You can also preorder a real one. I'm sure delivery will be expeditious. Naturally, if you are near one of our Pauline centers, you can come in on release day and pick up a copy!

This book, even though it is the "prequel" to the other two Jesus of Nazareth books by Pope Benedict, is Volume 3.
Volume 1 covers the public ministry ("From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration")
Volume 2 looks at Holy Week ("From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection")

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