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Crossing the Threshold of Hope

Crossing the Threshold of Hope Fifteen years into his Papacy and on the eve of the third millennium Pope John Paul II goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God about pain suffer

  • Title: Crossing the Threshold of Hope
  • Author: John Paul II Vittorio Messori
  • ISBN: 9780679765615
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fifteen years into his Papacy, and on the eve of the third millennium, Pope John Paul II goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God about pain, suffering, and evil about salvation and about the relationship of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith With the humility and generosity of spirit for which heFifteen years into his Papacy, and on the eve of the third millennium, Pope John Paul II goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God about pain, suffering, and evil about salvation and about the relationship of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith With the humility and generosity of spirit for which he is well known, John Paul speaks forthrightly to all people Religion Roman Catholic

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    1. John Paul II Vittorio Messori says:
      Saint Pope John Paul II Latin Ioannes Paulus II , born Karol J zef Wojty a was elected Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II On 22 October, the Lord s Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.Driven by his pastoral solicitude for all Churches and by a sense of openness and charity to the entire human race, John Paul II exercised the Petrine ministry with a tireless missionary spirit, dedicating it all his energy He made 104 pastoral visits outside Italy and 146 within Italy As bishop of Rome he visited 317 of the city s 333 parishes.He had meetings than any of his predecessors with the People of God and the leaders of Nations More than 17,600,000 pilgrims participated in the General Audiences held on Wednesdays than 1160 , not counting other special audiences and religious ceremonies than 8 million pilgrims during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 alone , and the millions of faithful he met during pastoral visits in Italy and throughout the world We must also remember the numerous government personalities he encountered during 38 official visits, 738 audiences and meetings held with Heads of State, and 246 audiences and meetings with Prime Ministers.His love for young people brought him to establish the World Youth Days The 19 WYDs celebrated during his pontificate brought together millions of young people from all over the world At the same time his care for the family was expressed in the World Meetings of Families, which he initiated in 1994 John Paul II successfully encouraged dialogue with the Jews and with the representatives of other religions, whom he several times invited to prayer meetings for peace, especially in Assisi.Under his guidance the Church prepared herself for the third millennium and celebrated the Great Jubilee of the year 2000 in accordance with the instructions given in the Apostolic Letter Tertio Millennio adveniente The Church then faced the new epoch, receiving his instructions in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio ineunte, in which he indicated to the faithful their future path.With the Year of the Redemption, the Marian Year and the Year of the Eucharist, he promoted the spiritual renewal of the Church He gave an extraordinary impetus to Canonizations and Beatifications, focusing on countless examples of holiness as an incentive for the people of our time He celebrated 147 beatification ceremonies during which he proclaimed 1,338 Blesseds and 51 canonizations for a total of 482 saints He made Th r se of the Child Jesus a Doctor of the Church.He considerably expanded the College of Cardinals, creating 231 Cardinals plus one in pectore in 9 consistories He also called six full meetings of the College of Cardinals His most important Documents include 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions, 45 Apostolic Letters He promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the light of Tradition as authoritatively interpreted by the Second Vatican Council He also reformed the Eastern and Western Codes of Canon Law, created new Institutions and reorganized the Roman Curia.In the light of Christ risen from the dead, on 2 April 2005 at 9.37 p.m while Saturday was drawing to a close and the Lord s Day was already beginning, the Octave of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church s beloved Pastor, John Paul II, departed this world for the Father On April 1, 2011, he was raised to the glory of the altars and on April 27, 2014 canonized.

    Comment 983 on “Crossing the Threshold of Hope

    1. booklady says:
      Read this when it first came out and loved it even then Just finished listening to it again I hear so much of his philosophy now that I m sure I didn t appreciate 15 years ago both because of my age and spiritual immaturity then and also because of how little I knew about and understood the profound depths of his wisdom and holiness Even now, I wonder how much of it I begin to grasp The book reminded me of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger s Salt of the Earth The Church at the End of the Millennium An I [...]

    2. Colin says:
      Very good book if you want to understand the position of the Catholic Church as it stands today on modern social issues, and why these things are not opinion based, but reflect a consistency with the faith from centuries before Sin does not change but remains the same Temptation is what changes, and our culture is full of new temptations that lead us to sin Yet the eternal truths about sin have not changed at allII puts the transition of old to new into perspective and explains the foundation of [...]

    3. Doreen Petersen says:
      Outstanding book and a definite must read for all Catholics

    4. K.D. Absolutely says:
      My first Lenten read this year I chose this because Pope John Paul II 1920 2005 will be canonized next month April 27, 2014 When he died in 2005, the Catholic Church waived the 5 year waiting period for the road to canonization to start He was proclaimed Venerable in 2009 and Beatified in 2011 So far, he is my favorite pope He came to the Philippines twice in 1981 when I was 17 years old and a college student in Baguio City and in 1995 during the World Youth Day I did not have the chance to see [...]

    5. Cate says:
      I really enjoyed this book It is fairly short and so a quick read It is interesting in that it is formulated from questions posed by a journalist and the written answers that Pope John Paul II sent back to him when there interview wasn t able to happen I was recently having conversations about the Catholic Church s opinion of other religions and how much I liked how very open they were This book quotes from the Nostra Aetate The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these reli [...]

    6. Nate says:
      St Augustine said, Audi partem alteram hear the other side As a Protestant Evangelical, I had grown up hearing only the Protestant side of why Catholics are at best Christians with a lot of traditionalist baggage and at worst not really Christians Have you ever heard someone ask, Are you Catholic or Christian with all sincerity In an effort to get my information from the proverbial horse s mouth, I went to the top The Pope This book is a good introduction to Pope John Paul II s post Vatican II C [...]

    7. Minh Quan Nguyen says:
      I am trying to read books about Christianity This book is a collection of QA by Pope John Paul II about religion, especially Christianity The good side, this book expresses many view of Christianity by one of the most important figure in 20th century The bad side, most of the questions are answered indirectly Sometimes I feel that the Pope didn t answer the question at all And the answers are highly theological and confusing.I don t like many of the points expressed in this book, especially theo [...]

    8. Gerald says:
      I inter library loaned this book since Fr Barron of Word on Fire ministries said that his we have a reasonable hope that all people are saved quote followed the teaching of St John Paul II JP2 as outlined in a part of his Crossing the Threshold of Hope It seemed as though Fr Barron was promoting universalism The Does Eternal Life Exist chapter got to the heart of the matter.Overall, this book was a written dialog between a secular reporter and the Pope The reporter asked all the overarching ques [...]

    9. Brian says:
      This is one of the most significant theological works of the 20th century, if not one of the most important ever produced in the Christian tradition I put it right next to my St James Bible and Reinhold Neibuhr s Moral Man and Immoral Society on the bookshelf It s or less the transcript of an interview that Pope John Paul II had with a British journalist The journalist forces His Holiness to confront the most controversial questions facing the Roman Catholic Church, including Christianity s rel [...]

    10. J.T. Therrien says:
      Be not afraid to read this book.I loved this Q A between an Italian journalist and St John Paul II, but it did present some challenges This book is unique in that the style is informal, yet the content ranges from deep philosophical theories JP II s patented phenomenological background to theology in his replies he refers to many of the Church s Encyclicals and the Magisterium s documents issued after the Second Vatican Council The range of topics covered the renewed Marian devotions, human righ [...]

    11. Ben Daghir says:
      When Saint John Paul the Great was pope, I was very young I didn t follow his works, ways, and wonderful moments of holiness God blesses great communicators in a variety of ways though, and JPII will communicate to the world for years to come because his writing ability is amazing I am overjoyed to be able to read his works, ponder them, and discuss them with others For anyone considering this book, I advise you to envision yourself holding the book while holding a conversation with the Lord Why [...]

    12. James Wheeler says:
      I really like this book I picked it up at a thrift store and always admired Pope John Paul from a distance I wondered about what the content would be like as i have not read many Catholic writers I was delighted that he took seriously the intellectual dilemmas of the west and how they are couched in the development of thought especially rationalism and empiricism in the last few hundred years I was glad to see that he saw this as a significant threat against a Christian critical realism I think [...]

    13. Michelle says:
      Some reviewers have criticized the Pope s lack of directness in answering some of the questions The Pope doesn t deny that some of the most persistently questioned issues of Christianity, Catholicism and faith aren t easily answered He contends, though, that faith does lead to wisdom and to better understanding of both the vague answers and reasons for that uncertainty Yes, it s a circle of faith and logos the seen and the unseen progressivism and traditionalism etc, etc, etc And, I m okay with [...]

    14. Devan says:
      Each chapter centers around a question by an Italian journalist to the Pope about issues of faith and life Some chapters are interesting, a bulk of them center around Catholic issues of the 80 s and 90 s, so it s a little out of date Still, the chapters on the truth about God and the exclusivity of the Christian witness have great depth and get you thinking These few chapters alone are worth the book if you can get it used or at the library However, I wouldn t recommend purchasing a copy of this [...]

    15. Steve says:
      Read this when it first came out As I recall I was a bit disappointed Mystical, densely written, and hard to pin down I d like to give it another reading, see if I missed something probably He was a great pope, and he loved poetry, and you pick up on his poetic sense while reading it Given that Poland has had some of the greatest modern poets most of whom I read after I read this book , I figure JP II was reading them, and they were influencing him.

    16. Evelyn says:
      While I found this a difficult read, in the end I was left with an overwhelming sense of hope.I read slowly, with a great deal of introspection, and still was left wondering at the end of some chapters But what was the answer to the question Other chapters were clear, and I have great respect for the mindfulness and wisdom characterized by Pope John Paul II.

    17. Andrew Votipka says:
      It is a little okay, a lot rambling It took me three reads before I started to understand some of what he was saying but it reads really fast , but JPII was is a saint, and one of the most important thinkers of our age.

    18. Miss Clark says:
      3.5 starsWonderful essays by HH Pope John Paul II These were my religious readings for part of the year back in 2003 2004 Really challenged a lot of my ideas and understanding of my faith and doctrine, esp socially and theologically.

    19. Dave says:
      Interesting to poke around in makes you wonder if they re really John Paul s ideas or the ideas of the office of the Papacy Either way there are lots of points that made me go what the hell how can he write that

    20. Sean Magee says:
      I was a kid for most of John Paul II s pontificate and never really had the awareness or maturity to realize what a great pope he was while he was in his prime, to borrow a phrase usually reserved for atheletes He was simply a picture on the wall in the classrooms of the Catholic school I attended as a kid When he died in 2005, I had fallen away from the church I was a college kid who had gotten the idea that I understood the world perfectly fine without the Catholic faith of my youth and didn t [...]

    21. Paul Batz says:
      What a fantastic book Crossing the Threshold of Hope is an engaging interview with Pope John Pope II Because it is an interview, there are a large variety of topics addressed throughout the entirety of the book This is the book s greatest strength After finishing, I was profoundly satisfied with how much had been covered Of all the topics discussed, I found the most interesting sections to be Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and In Search of Lost Unity which is a chapter of ecumenism.Pope John Paul II [...]

    22. Gina says:
      It is humbling to read his writings and deeply inspiring.

    23. Susan Molloy says:
      Beautifully written It kept my interest from start to finish.

    24. Gordon says:
      Could do without the question part of each section.

    25. Eric Harden says:
      Excellent book.St John Paul s words are powerful May read again sometime I very much enjoyed it I highly recommend it to anyone.

    26. Laura says:
      A literary first, the musings of a Pope on paper, translated into the vernacular, sold as a book to the masses

    27. Rich says:
      So refreshing to read John Paul II again He speaks with such a piercing insight to so many varying topics in this interview that you can t help but be impressed by the dexterity and wide range of his intellect The other thing that really struck me was his optimism This is not na vet The man has such faith in the Lord that he knows that God has the victory It s refreshing to hear in times such as these Renewed my gratitude for this saint s life.

    28. Marti Booker says:
      This is the first of JPII s books that I ve read and it s a bit difficult to transition from Benedict XVI s lyrical books on Jesus to this short question and answer format book by his predecessor That said, the book reveals a lot of insight on several issues notably his high regard for the fruits that Vatican II would eventually bear and which we are just starting to see Given that he was writing this eighteen years ago when things still looked pretty dim , it impresses me that he was so consist [...]

    29. Earl says:
      I started reading this book during the eve of Pope Francis Laudato Si On Care for Our Common Home, and I was glad that there really are a lot of things that St John Paul II has already discussed in the pages of this book which is in fact the first time he responded to a series of secular press interviews What I particularly liked here are the obvious philosophical undertones, whether implicit or explicit, which are evident all through out and we see here the saint s familiarity with the thinkers [...]

    30. Todd says:
      This work provides excellent insight into the late Pope John Paul II s thinking, his faith, and his humility The journalist asking the questions that the book was built around, Vittorio Messori, poses some very hard, pointed questions, albeit respectfully and as a fellow believer The Pope understood each of the questions and their implications, but his answers were seldom the hard edged kind that would convince a skeptic or unbeliever Rather, each of them was couched in the Pope s own conviction [...]

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