The Passion and the Cross

The Passion and the Cross

by Ronald Rolheiser

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ISBN-13: 9781616368128
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 10/30/2015
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 547,493
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author


Ronald Rolheiser is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. In addition to being a popular speaker and writer, his books are popular throughout the world and his weekly column is carried by more than seventy newspapers worldwide. He is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Rolheiser is among the most popular and inclusive spiritual writers today. Although rooted in the Catholic faith, he is able to transcend denominational boundaries and religious language to appeal to both practicing Christians and unaffiliated seekers.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 The Passion and the Garden of Gethsemane 1

The Passion as the Gift of Jesus's Passivity 1

A Lover's Pain 3

A Lover's Drama 6

The Agony of the Ultimate Athlete 8

The Hardest Thing of All 11

Undergoing Moral Loneliness 14

Being Put to the Test 16

Sweating Blood 19

A Stone's Throw Away from Everyone 21

And Seen from the Divine Side of Things 23

Chapter 2 The Cross as a Moral Revolution 27

The Most Revolutionary Moral Event in History 27

The Deep Secret to All Understanding 29

Trying to Understand a Mystery 32

Chapter 3 The Cross as the Deepest Revelation of God 33

Tearing Away the "Curtain Veil" 33

Revealing Vulnerability as the Path to Intimacy 35

Revealing God as Fellow-Sufferer and as Redeemer, not as Rescuer 37

Revealing God's Identification with the Victim and the Victim as Cornerstone 40

Revealing our Invincible Ignorance 42

Revealing God's Power to "Descend into Hell" 45

Chapter 4 The Cross as Salvation-"Being washed in the blood of the Lamb" 51

Some Metaphors and Icons 51

Jesus as Taking Away the Sins of the World 54

Jesus's Last Words-"It Is Finished" 59

Jesus's Death as Releasing Blood and Water 61

Standing with Mary under the Cross 64

Carrying Our Cross in Imitation of Jesus 66

Helping Simon of Cyrene to Carry the Cross 69

The Cross's Presence to Us in our Humiliations 72

The Embrace of Good Friday 74

By His Stripes We Are Healed 77

Chapter 5 The Resurrection-Every Grave Opens Up! SI

The Resurrection and the Voice of Good Friday 81

And the Atoms Moved! 84

And Forgiveness Poured Out 86

And God Has the Last Word 88

A String of Empty Tombs 91

Seeing the Resurrection 93

Midwifing the Resurrection 96

Waiting for the Resurrection 98

Living beyond our Crucifixions 101

Daily Resurrection 103

I Believe in the Resurrection 106

Acknowledgments 109

Notes 111

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