Archbishop Van Thuans notes from prison are extraordinary. For thirteen years, his writings were smuggled out of his cell and circulated among Christians and non-Christians alike. People shared his messages to take up Van Thuans challenge that the Vietnamese people bring the Church into the world by their love for one another. He wrote, It would be so wonderful if God required us only to love him. However, he has chosen also to require the difficult obligation to love our neighbor. Van Thuan calls for a deep examination of conscience. You proclaim that all you do is for God and for the Church. Very well. But can you stand in his presence and honestly say that you are working completely for him? His directives are practical. Your time of prayer is your period of intimacy with God, who is your Father. It is a time for the heart, not the head. These 1,001 reflections are pearls of great price. If lived out, they will change your life.
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Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan (1928-2002) was born in Phu Cam parish, a suburb of Hue, Vietnam, the eldest of 8 children. He was ordained a priest in 1953 and became a bishop in 1967. He was imprisoned by the Communist government from 1975-1988 and was expelled from Vietnam in 1991. He served on the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from 1994-2002 and was its president from 1998-2002.Review:
Cardinal Van Thuan was a genuine man of God, a worthy brother of Jesus Christ, courageously and openheartedly witnessing to the faith under conditions of appalling anguish and deprivation. These thousand and one short pensees pack an enormous punch. They cheerfully encourage us to translate the Gospel into our lives just as he did. --Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
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Book Description New City Press, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111565484991