Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, was born in Italy and ordained a Franciscan Capuchin priest in 1958. He taught at the Catholic University of Milan until 1979, when he resigned his teaching position to become a full-time preacher of the gospel. In 1980 he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as preacher to the Papal Household. He still serves in that capacity, preaching a weekly sermon during Advent and Lent in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. He is a frequent speaker at international and ecumenical conferences and rallies, and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Since 2009, when he is not engaged in preaching, he lives in a hermitage in Italy, ministering to a small community of cloistered nuns.
The Fire of Christ's Love: Meditations on the Crossby Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap
Why should we meditate on the cross? Because through the cross of Christ, we can begin to comprehend God’s all-consuming love for us. The short reflections in this book are taken from homilies presented by renounced evangelist Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa on Good Friday in St. Peter’s Basilica. Fr. Cantalamessa, who has been the preacher of the Papal Household since 1980, unfolds for us the mystery and the power of the cross. By willingly embracing the cross for our sake and then rising from the dead, Jesus has brought us salvation, healing, mercy, and the hope of eternal life. As Fr. Cantalamessa contemplates the intensity and reality of Christ’s love for us, he also shows us how to respond wholeheartedly with that same fire in our hearts.
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Short homilys from the Papal Homilist.
Short meditations are wonderful and thoughtful. Each of the 50 meditations are short and easy to read in a few minutes. I took a few minutes a day and read the meditation and then pondered throughout the day. Lovely way to grow in my faith this Lent.