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The Seven Last Words of Christ
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
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Book Description

In this beautifully written book, respected biblical scholar, lecturer and author, Fr. Thomas Rosica, reflects on the last words of Christ as he hung on the cross and their significance to our modern world. Interspersed with his commentary are the words and wisdom from Popes Francis, Benedict, and John Paul I, Mother Teresa, and Jewish writer on the Holocaust Yaffa Eliach. Presented first as a series of homilies for the Tre Ore Celebration at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington on Good Friday, 2016, The Seven Last Words of Christ invites us to ponder deeply our own frailties, fear of death, and thirst for justice.

Published by Novalis

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My Take
An effective blend of biblical scholarship and pastoral sense makes The Seven Last Words of Christ a solid catechetical and reflection tool for any Christian. Rather than ignore or dismiss the troubling concept of a savior crucified, Rosica embraces it and challenges the reader to do the same with the sure hope of resurrection.
About the Author
Fr. Thomas Rosica is a priest of the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers). Born in 1959 in Rochester, New York, Rosica holds advanced degrees in Theology and Sacred Scripture from Regis College in the Toronto School of Theology, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem. In June 1999, he was appointed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Chief Executive Officer and National Director of the World Youth Day and the Papal Visit of Pope John Paul II, that took place in Toronto during July, 2002. In July 2003, Fr. Rosica became the founding Chief Executive Officer of Salt and Light Television. He is the author of several books, including “Pope John Paul II: A Saint for Canada” and “Where Jesus Walked,” as well as hundreds of articles and columns in numerous languages for various publications.
“Our journey to the foot of the cross is made all the richer thanks to these insightful reflections of Father Rosica and his ability to combine scholarship with pastoral experience. It is precisely this gift that opens up for us fresh perspectives as we listen with renewed hearts and insight to the seven last words of Christ on the cross.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl
— Archbishop of Washington, DC