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Journey to Easter: Spiritual Reflections for the Lenten Season

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The successor to Pope John Paul II shares a Lenten blessing that evaluates the meaning of the season, the significance of the birth and death of Christ, and the meaning of Jesus in the lives of Christians everywhere, in a spiritual meditation that follows such themes as the mystery of Mary and the Pentecostal sending of the Spirit.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by The Crossroad Publishing Company (first published December 1st 1996)
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Journey to Easter is a series of Lenten reflections given by Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) during 1983 to the papal household of Pope John Paul II. The book begins with the First Week of Lent by walking us through the daily Mass readings from Cycle A or the Cycle of Matthew. We begin Sunday in the desert with Jesus where he spent forty days and forty nights, only to immediately be tempted by Satan. Ratzinger shows how other figures in salvation history went to the desert, like Moses and ...more
Brian Reagan
Pope Benedict XVI has written a tremendous text that is valuable at any season. For a Lenten meditation, or to spend time contemplating the sufferings and trials of Christ the two weeks readings in the first half of the text are invaluable.

The second half of the text moves into a deeper Christology, an examination of the work and person of Jesus. This examination is wide in it's scope and has some wonderful discussion on the names of Jesus--such as Christ, Lord, and Son. Benedict's handling of
This book, the 1983 retreat preached by then-Cardinal Ratzinger to John Paul II and the papal household, is an incredibly deep and satisfying read. This is Ratzinger at his lucid best covering the territory of first week in Lent, the Christological nature of the Church, and the meaning of the priesthood. I was put on to this book by a friend who gave me a copy of a page discussing the Eucharistic. That short little section would be worth price of admission itself. But the book is full of gems su ...more
This book feels like a gourmet multi-course meal. You begin with the appetizer of small reflections on the readings for each of the first few days of Lent. Then you dive into more and more substantial reflections on a diverse array of topics from the necessity of the connection between Christology and Ecclesiology to a beautiful reflection on priesthood. This is truly the sort of nourishing read one needs at any time, and in particular during a season which is geared to helping us grow in love o ...more
I started out strong with this one. Actually, the journey to Easter was going - meaning I read it all through Lent, but then I got swept up in my Easter joy and abadoned it. Maybe next year...
Mar 16, 2011 Karina is currently reading it
This is apparently a good Lenten reading. I didn't find it in time for this year's Lent, but perhaps next year.
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Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) was the 265th Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, an ...more
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