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Easter Vigil Homilies offers readers a unique view into the mind and heart of Pope Francis. Here are collected the homilies he has preached year after year, in Buenos Aires and more recently in Rome, on the most sacred night of the Christian calendar. While Francis's words and convictions on many topics are now widely known, here we see how he understands the very heart of Christian faith and the ways he has helped those he has served-including the elderly, the poor, and those who struggle to make a living and raise children in a busy world-understand it and apply it to their own lives.
This book will be a welcome resource for those who want to better understand the faith that drives Pope Francis, for homilists seeking new inspiration for their preaching, for scholars and others interested in exploring the pre-papal preaching of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, for adult Christians as a resource for meditation and prayer, and for all admirers and fans of this remarkable moral leader.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was the archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 until his election as pope in 2013. As pope, he has proclaimed a gospel of joy, peace, and care for the poor, while leading reforms within the Vatican and beyond. His spiritual and moral leadership has become widely respected well beyond the confines of the Catholic Church.
These nineteen Easter Vigil homilies of Pope Francis (2000 through 2018) provide inspiring biblical reflections that weave an image, word, or phrase taken from one of the Synoptic accounts of the resurrection with contemporary human experience and an encouraging call to Easter faith, hope, love or joy. Take this companion to journey with you through the church year, savoring one homily at a time. The light of Easter will shine into any darkness.
James A. Wallace, CSsR, author of Preaching to the Hungers of the Heart and director of San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch, NJ
Hope, joy, love and service, common themes of Pope Francis, are intimately woven throughout each of these homilies. Through drawing on practical ways that the faithful face stones that need to be rolled back or the call to return to the sight of our first encounter with the living God, Pope Francis makes the Gospel of the Easter Vigil come alive with hope and challenge.
Michaela Hedican, OSB, Oblate Director, St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota
homilies felt like pieces of a quilt, sewn together with the transition
from darkness to light that is central to the Easter Vigil experience.
These homilies open a door into the teaching of Pope Francis. There’s a
consistency to them. They are a reminder of the beautiful pastoral role
that our Holy Father plays for all of us.
Like water from a fountain, the homilies of Pope Francis offer a life-giving supply of wise images suitable for meditation, prayer, and guidance. This collection of Easter Vigil homilies from his years as Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires and as Bishop of Rome demonstrates his mastery over preaching the most important liturgy of the year. It will stir up your faith and inspire your own choice of words.
Fr. Paul Turner, Pastor, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City Missouri
Here is a splendid one volume collection of Pope Francis's Easter Vigil homilies for the ages: fascinating biblical interpretations for the contemporary world, together with vivid images that crackle with life and love from Buenos Aires to Vatican City. Stretching over 15 years of ministry, this preaching opens up a window into a compassionate, merciful and poetic pastor whose every graced utterance resonates "He is Risen!"
Guerric DeBona, OSB, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
It is a rare gift to read a number of homilies preached on the same liturgical day-on the same theme but with differing approaches-offering succinct and yet profound considerations of the experience Jesus' followers had when confronted by the empty tomb. This is a book to savor.
Dr. Melinda Quivik, General Editor for Liturgy journal, Reviewed on PrayTell blog