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Friendship of Christ: Exploring the Humanity of Jesus Christ
The human need for friendship is raised to the supernatural level in Robert Hugh Benson's timeless illustration of the greatest friendship anyone could ever possess. In The Friendship of Christ, first published in 1912, the Catholic convert son of an Archbishop of Canterbury shows how anyone can achieve a deeper relationship with God the Son. The book shows how Christ work ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published January 28th 2001 by Scepter Publications
(first published 1912)
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"The Friendship of Christ, which bears an imprimatur, is based on sermons Benson preached in London and Rome in 1910 and 1911. In the first part of this book, he shows how one enters into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the purgative and illuminative ways. In the second part, he discusses several modes in which Christ offers us His friendship here and now, such as in the Eucharist, in the Church, in the priest, in the saint, in the sinner, in the average person, and in the suff ...more
“The Friendship of Christ” falls into that genre of books that charts the spiritual progress of souls as they progress toward perfect unity with Christ. This also happens to be a genre that I’ve never had much appreciation for. However, of the books in this category (which includes, among others, saints John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila), I’ve found Msgr. Benson’s to be the most engaging and helpful. Much of the text’s dryness – which reflects my disinterest - had me on the verge of giving t ...more
Robert Hugh Benson (18 November 1871 – 19 October 1914) was an Anglican pastor who joined the Roman Catholic Church (1903) where he was ordained priest in 1904. Youngest son of Edward White Benson (Archbishop of Canterbury) and his wife, Mary, and younger brother of Edward Frederic Benson, he was lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature, having written the notable ...moreMore about Robert Hugh Benson...