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The Life of Jesus Christ

Part Two, Volume 1, Chapters 1-57

Ludolph of Saxony; Translated by Milton T. Walsh

The Life of Jesus Christ
The Life of Jesus Christ

ISBN: 9780879072834, CS283H

Details: 888 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2
Publication Date: 02/01/2021
Cistercian Publications

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The Vita Christi of Ludolph of Saxony, fourteenth-century Carthusian, is the most comprehensive series of meditations on the life of Christ from the late Middle Ages. Ludolph assembles a wealth of commentary from the fathers of the church and the great medieval spiritual writers and weaves them into a seamless exposition of the Gospel.

This is the full English translation of this classic work and, while it will be of great interest to students of Christian spirituality, it is intended for ordinary believers seeking to enter more deeply into the meaning of the life of Christ. Ludolph divided his work into two parts; the present volume contains the first half of Part Two.

Milton T. Walsh holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. For many years, he taught theology at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California. He is the author of several books, including Second Friends: C. S. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation, In Memory of Me: A Meditation on the Roman Canon, and Witness of the Saints: Patristic Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours.

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"Probing the spiritual depth of Ludolph’s commentaries will open the reader’s spirit as he or she encounters Christ in the commentaries. Ludolph seeks to share the eternal Word through the words of his commentary, and it is this desire that each person encounter Christ incarnate, the living Word, that springs from every page."
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

“This translation of the Vita Christi is a colossal work making accessible to a new audience a monument of medieval spirituality that influenced such great saints as St. Teresa of Avila and St. Ignatius of Loyola. Ludolph of Saxony drew on patristic and medieval authors to weave a rich spiritual commentary breaking open the Word of God for his contemporaries. Believers will find wisdom. Students of history, theology and spirituality will gain access to an influential worldview. A magnificent endeavor!”
André Brouillette, SJ, Assistant Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology, Director, Licentiate in Sacred Theology Program (STL), Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

"The book is truly an encyclopedic summary of thirteen hundred years of Christian thinking and meditating on the life of Christ."
The American Benedictine Review