His Homeward Journey
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Publisher: Veritas Publications
The solemn text buried with the late Pope Benedict XVI contained a brief summary of his life and ministry which amounted to just over a thousand words. It was a reminder that even those with such a distinguished and prolific pen as the late Pontiff are destined to become a simple footnote in the history of humankind. Thankfully and without going too deeply into his theology this timely introduction to the life and works of Benedict XVI encourages readers to explore more deeply the rich legacy of writing – over sixty books and three papal encyclicals and numerous other writings – which flowed from a man who while often burdened with crushing responsibilities in an era of unprecedented public exposure never lost his inner joy or serenity in his faith and Catholic traditions.
Bishop Monahan describes how Pope Benedict/Joseph Ratzinger was ‘a skilled writer who wrote in an easy, readable style’. Yet, as the author admits, the late Pope’s work was widely thought to be inaccessible to the general reader and so ‘His Homeward Journey’ sets out to encourage the reader to look beyond the caricature of ‘God’s Rottweiler’ and discover the great gifts of intellect and interpretation which brought him to such a place of influence within the Church for so many years. The author does not shy away from the divisive nature of Pope Benedict’s tenure as head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and later as Pope but points to his well attested qualities of gentleness, understanding and kindness as well as great his courage during the final years of his long life. This all too brief account fulfils its mission of giving the reader a sense of the man and an introduction to his works.
-- Reviewer: Fr Paul Clayton-Lea, March 2023 Intercom
Bishop Fintan adds yet another wonderful addition to his collection of faith filled writings.
A beautiful introduction to the life and theological works of Pope Emeritus Benedict.
Highly recommended 10/10 ????✝️
— Seamus Burke
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In His Homeward Journey: The Life and Works of Pope Benedict XVI Bishop Fintan Monahan takes a fresh look at the life and impact of Pope Benedict XVI, from his early life through his career as a respected theologian, his papacy (2005–13) and time as pope emeritus. Written in an accessible style, this book provides an introduction to Pope Benedict’s writings, highlighting the most important texts from his prolific career as a theologian, spiritual writer, teacher and man of God.
Bishop Monahan explores Pope Benedict’s relationship with his family, friends and his former students to give a rare glimpse into the private side of this scholar-pope. Pope Benedict was sometimes regarded as a divisive figure, and his career and papacy were not without controversy, but he contributed greatly to the Catholic Church and, above all, he was deeply committed to the Church and its founder, Jesus Christ.
About the Author:
Fintan Monahan is bishop of Killaloe, based in Ennis, Co. Clare. His previous books include: A Perfect Peace: Newman, Saint for Our Time (2019), Peace Smiles: Rediscovering Thomas Merton (2020) and Peace Apart: Lasting Impressions of C.S. Lewis (2022).