The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering

The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering

by Daniel P. Horan O.F.M.


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ISBN-13: 9781616364090
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 12/04/2013
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Daniel P. Horan, OFM is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province, a columnist at America magazine, and the author of several books including Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis. He has taught at Siena College and St. Bonaventure University, and has published numerous scholarly and popular articles on Franciscan theology and spirituality, Thomas Merton, and contemporary systematic theology. He has lectured around the United States and Europe, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society, and is working on a Ph.D. in systematic theology at Boston College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xiii

Introduction: Passion, Control, and a Franciscan Perspective on the Cross of Christ 1

The First Word: "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do 27

The Second Word: "Today you will be with me in Paradise." 37

The Third Word: "Woman, behold your son." 45

The Fourth Word: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 57

The Fifth Word: "I thirst." 69

The Sixth Word: "It is finished." 79

The Seventh Word: "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." 87

Afterword: Ending with the Beginning: The First Words of Christ 95

Notes 101

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"Jesus’s and Francis’s starting point was not sin, but suffering—the suffering of the world and even the suffering of God. This creates a very different perspective on the Christian gospel, and I think you will find it here! In this book, Dan Horan makes the sublime simple and beautiful, which is surely the Franciscan way.”—Richard Rohr, O.F.M., founder, Center for Action and Contemplation

"This beautiful new book by one of my favorite young spiritual writers offers an invitation to meditate on God’s great love for us, on Christ’s sacrifice and on the human condition. Dan Horan’s insights are for anyone who has ever grieved, lost or sought hope. In other words, it is a book for everyone."—James Martin, S.J., author, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

"The lifeblood of these deeply Franciscan meditations is the memory of a God who is 'head over heels in love with humanity,' and who identifies radically with suffering creation. Dan Horan writes with the steady hand of a scholar and the trembling heart of a follower of Jesus. I will never again hear Jesus’s words 'I thirst' without also hearing the cries of those hidden millions today dying from lack of water. Dan helps us wrestle, as every new generation must, with the terrible beauty and scandal of the cross."—Chris Pramuk,associate professor of theology, Xavier University

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