At the beginning of In the Redeeming Christ, priest and theologian F X Durrwell states that The Christians salvation lies in his personal sanctification. There too lies the salvation of others. Durrwells classic offers a hopeful and lucid vision of the Christian spiritual life to inspire and teach readers about the mystery of living in personal holiness - and most truly themselves - by being in Christ as a member of his body.
Durrwell builds on the foundation of the great scriptural and liturgical reforms of the early twentieth century, crafting surprising and inspiring connections between the paschal mystery, the sacraments, our personal Christian lives and the healing of the world. He paints a picture of the faith as something deeply personal and of universal significance. Such contemporary theologians as Scott Hahn and Brant Pitre have begun to discover the importance of both the idea of personal holiness and what this highly original thinker had to say about it.
F X Durrwell, CSsR, was a native of Alsace, France, and was ordained a Redemptorist priest in 1936. After receiving his license in theology at the Gregorian Pontifical University in 1940, he taught in Luxembourg, France, and Belgium.
He is the author of several books on the paschal mystery, the Trinity, and the Eucharist. He died in Alsace in 2005.
Durrwells book ranks among the spiritual classics and reflects the theological ressourcement of the last century: a moving account of what it means to live in Christ which is rooted in the Scriptures and experienced through the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church.
- Msgr Michael Heintz, University of Notre Dame