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Father Mychal Judge: An Authentic American Hero / Edition 1

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This intimate spiritual portrait of Father Mychal Judge features exclusive interviews with some of his closest friends and associates. It explores the inner life of New York's most popular and charismatic Franciscan who became an overnight American hero when his life came to a tragic end serving as the New York City fire chaplain during the attack on the World Trade Center.
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Publishers Weekly
Father Mychal Judge became an instant American hero when he died while administering the "last rites" to a victim of the September 11 World Trade Center attacks, but even before that grim day, there was much about the Franciscan priest to commend to posterity. Through interviews with fellow friars, close friends and others, Ford, a BBC journalist specializing in religious affairs and author of a 1999 biography of the late Henri Nouwen (Wounded Prophet), tells why the New York City fire chaplain was beloved by many, while infuriating others. A recovering alcoholic and an acknowledged homosexual who struggled with living a chaste, celibate life, Father Judge was known to those he served as a passionate advocate of the downtrodden and suffering. Although he had a penchant for attracting and even seeking the limelight, friends recall him as a humble man in touch with his own humanity. Ford boldly compares him to the founder of the Franciscans, St. Francis of Assisi, who was said to bear the stigmata, or wounds of Christ's crucifixion. Ford even seems to suggest that Father Judge's homosexuality was comparable to the stigmata, a simile that, while poetic, may be a bit of a stretch for some readers. Ford has done his best to paint a complete picture of the man, though many of the recollections he includes are rather repetitive. Despite that, this is an intriguing biography that should hold appeal for a wide readership. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This is a timely biography recounting the life of 68-year-old Father Mychal Judge, a New York City fire chaplain who died on September 11, 2001, while administering to New York's "finest" at the World Trade Center site. A Franciscan friar living in midtown Manhattan, Judge had many pastoral responsibilities, never allowing age or failing health to prevent him from priestly service. The text by Ford (Wounded Prophet: A Portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen), a BBC journalist and broadcaster in religious affairs, is filled with personal accounts of friends and colleagues that are beautifully incorporated into a chronological narrative extolling the character and life of Judge. This honest portrayal doesn't hide the friar's struggle with alcoholism or the reality of his homosexuality. Breaking stereotypes and prejudices, this wounded healer has become a model of self-sacrifice and priestly integrity. Ford concludes the biography with a bibliography of the books referenced, archival news articles, and videos. Recommended for larger public libraries.-John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin, Platteville Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809105526
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 977,359
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Bridge 3
2 Last Rites 6
3 The Way to Love 15
4 Shadows of the Self 29
5 Broken Land 41
6 The Train to Callicoon 51
7 Under Siege 58
8 Addiction and Grace 68
9 Dignity and Compassion 78
10 Canterbury Tales 95
11 Night Vigils 107
12 "Blessed Are the Persecuted" 119
13 On the Edge of the Deep 126
14 Brother Fire 140
15 Sister Death 151
16 "Blessed Are the Peacemakers" 159
17 Anam Cara 171
18 The Courage to Be 179
19 Lovescape Crucified 186
20 Authentic American Hero 199
Blessing: Mychal's Prayer 203
Bibliography 205
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