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4.55  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Robert Cardinal Sarah calls The Day Is Now Far Spent his most important book. He analyzes the spiritual, moral, and political collapse of the Western world and concludes that "the decadence of our time has all the faces of mortal peril."

A cultural identity crisis, he writes, is at the root of the problems facing Western societies. "The West no longer knows who it is, becau
Paperback, 385 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Ignatius Press (first published 2019)
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Kevin de Ataíde
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say that Cardinal Sarah is the premier Ratzingerian at the moment and this third in the series of his interviews with Nicolas Diat feels as prophetic as any warning the Church has received from Pope Benedict. The Cardinal admits that he has become a sort-of refuge for various Catholics from around the world who are in a state of confusion about the Faith. This book is his answer, and from the very beginning, and despite his sombre analysis of the cultural crisis in the West, he tells his ...more
Julie Davis
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just reading the introduction heartened me. (The whole intro is included in the Amazon sample, btw.)

The rest of the book did likewise. Cardinal Sarah critiques Western culture with charity and clarity. Copious quotations from John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, and others support his points and provide much food for thought. He also considers how Christians should live in and change the secular culture.

By the end of the book it seemed as if he might have been idealizing Africa, but I reall
Jeff Miller
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Masterful and so much to dwell upon. Not just a diatribe, but a call to holiness - the answer to problem in any age.

My only caveat is that he idealizes Africa a bit, along with Russia. Still much of his critique of the West, I agree with.
R. Thomas Richard
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These days are very dark. The idolatry of Self is gaining poor victim-slaves; the Church is under assault, and many are abandoning her, sadly, not knowing what they are leaving behind. Card. Sarah has a very clear, precise and accurate view of this. Anyone who has received from God the gift of holy Faith, will deeply appreciate this book. The Cardinal points to our simple need: the Church must rediscover her vocation to holiness. Any who see this, who hear the vocation, are invited to a share in ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cardinal Robert Sarah is not only a brilliant theologian, he is a man who is very close to God. He sees what is going on in the world and in the Catholic Church and he can articulate what has happened, why and where we are going. This book is a must read for anyone who cherishes those who can help lead us to greater holiness and a greater understanding of the Lord.

This book is thought provoking and meant to be savored.
Jon Beadle
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Robert Sarah is a refreshing conversation partner. He speaks with an authority that few Christian conservatives seem to have anymore.
This book is quite an impressive addition to the Cardinal Sarah interviews. I am most impressed by how he was able to take some of the more modern/liberal thinkers and distill the truths or observations they have made in order to work it into a more traditional and Catholic framework. Likewise, I am most impressed with how he was able even to take the words of Pope Francis and work them in the same direction, despite the tension between these prelates. I think it shows his charity. Aside from th ...more
Ann Warren
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying, this book will not be for everyone. Cardinal Sarah is decidedly conservative. But I really enjoyed the question/answer format of this book. I found the discussion of governments very interesting, especially from an African bishop. The elaboration on the virtues in the last third of the book was really beautiful. This man is truly holy. Recommend to my Catholic friends who wish to be inspired and refreshed in these troubling times!
Justin Greenawalt
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this poignant yet hopeful conversation, Cardinal Sarah details the decline of the West and offers an unapologetic return to the simple tenets of the faith. In the midst of partisan games and misappropriation of labels, Sarah offers a template for true conservatism.
Mir Bal
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have my roots in the secular. The language of the church is not my mother tongue, it is a learned melody. The nuances, the references, the finer tones passes me by. When I try to sing her song myself, the tunes sounds false. Why initiate a review with such a confession? Because the sounds and noise of the secular world about Robert Cardinal Sarah has reached me long before the church. Frédéric Martel's otherwise clear-sighted journalism dismissed him as a misogynistic troglodyte, although one ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholic
Cardinal Sarah provides a very thoughtful and deep critique of the current state of the culture of America and Western Europe. He argues that the West is committing cultural suicide through its abandonment of its Christian heritage.

Some passages that struck me:

On always wanting more material goods: "We start worrying like someone who always wants to have more and is sad that he does not own enough things. This observation applies both to individuals and to nations. Sadness and anxiety are the po
Luke Stamps
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Monumental. Prophetic. Timely. Moving. Convicting. Challenging. Controversial. Demanding. The adjectives could continue to be piled up. In any event, take up and read this piercing critique of the Western church from the African Cardinal and disciple of the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. For much of the book I mistook the Scripture citation in the introduction. I was assuming Romans 13:12: "The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor ...more
Chris H Koerber
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, excellent book!

Highly recommended.
Feb 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Isn't it amazing how God uses us when we're open to Him? After having read the first portion of this book, one day I found myself in the toothpaste aisle of HEB, and, unsolicited, another shopper was advising me on the benefits of electric toothbrushes. I was in a huge hurry and annoyed. However I took the time to speak with her, and just how our conversation went from toothbrushes, to the Catholic faith, I honestly don't remember. But what I do know is she commented on how she hoped the Catholi ...more
Katie Marquette
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Hope is a constant combat."

I was surprised when I learned what a polarizing figure Cardinal Sarah is. I wonder if his critics have truly taken the time to read his prophetic words. I find the Cardinal to be wonderfully even-handed, refusing to enter into politicized debates - he quite simply, with clarity and conviction, echoes the most fundamental truths of the Catholic faith.

I think even non-Catholics will find this book a powerful reminder that much of media-saturated, commercialized moder
David Miller
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an eloquent defense and exposition of Catholic practice and doctrine! Who would have thought a Catholic cardinal (of all people!) in our antinomian age could produce a defense of truth and doctrine that jumps off the page with the conviction and fire of St. Theresa of Avila. But then again, St. Theresa also wrote in a time of great upheaval, in the midst of the Lutheran revolt.

This is exactly the book that I personally needed to read at this moment. Cardinal Sarah pleads passionately to sta
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Taking my time as I read this. Lots of underlining as my soul says "Yes!" "You got that right!" ... Hubs and my non-Catholic Christian father-in-law are waiting for me to finish so they can read this. God bless the meek and humble leaders amongst us. God bless the remnant who are only concerned with serving God. ...more
Liz Williams
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I noped out of this pretty quickly because the style seems to be infused with an emotionalism that grates on me to the point of unreadability. Two stars rather than one because some of this reaction may be down to my autism.
Michael Cates
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding Book

Cardinal Sarah lays out the problems facing the west in an easy to read book. His insights are prophetic and profound. A must read.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yes it is a must read! Cardinal Sarah challenges the reader. You must think while reading “The Day is now far spent” and it will also lead and inspire you to further readings.
Jon Wisnieski
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hard hitting and prophetic. Spot on. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Cardinal Sarah is a great gift to the Church!
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Indeed, 6 stars... for just about anything Cardinal Sarah writes.
Peter Asper
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Day Is Now Far Spent takes its final words (and its title) from the Gospel account of the "road to Emmaus."

This is a hard-hitting book that addresses the issues of our times in a non-polemical manner. It does not hold back any punches when attacking evils within Western culture, yet it remains neutral as to the judgment of individuals. Cardinal Sarah does decry abuses from France, from Italy, and from the United States among others. But he lets his readers try on their own shoes to see whet
Lucinda Vinoski
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cardinal Robert Sarah is a modern-day prophet. He prays and discerns the times in which we are living. Reading this during the coronavirus pandemic in the US with close to 80,000 dead and over a million testing positive and worldwide million are now dead, will people heed his warnings and use this time of social isolation to grow closer to God and spiritually evaluate their lives?

A man of our times, Cardinal Robert Sarah, can look at the present situation with an impartial eye and with the enli
Fr. Jedidiah Tritle
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Content: 5/5
Format and Style: 3.5/5

The content is prophetic in terms of identifying the major difficulties the Church faces both within her own walls and from secular society. I particularly liked Cardinal Sarah's focus on looking to monastics as the model for the Christian Life: prayer, asceticism, etc. The downside of this volume is that it is written in an extended question/answer format, which isn't conducive to maintaining a linear narrative. The questions are presented thematically, but th
Dillon Werner
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very important book to read concerning the downfall of the Christian worldview
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another 'interview' with the Cardinal; very gloomy except for the hope inherent in living a virtuous, believing, practicing life. ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The last page gets 5 stars tho
Alan Marques
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Robert Cardinal Sarah displays in this book a clarity about the faith, doctrine, and perspicacy that overwhelms the reader. His opinions about the crisis of faith, priesthood, church, humanity, economic and political systems, and finally the social and philosophical fabric of societies can be seen as facts by an attentive reader, who knows the importance of sound faith and a cohesive junction of language, culture, religion, and political organization that make and sustain societies. His prospect ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book by Cardinal Sarah, the other two being God or Nothing and The Power of Silence. In this book he addresses such issues as doctrinal confusion, scandals, transgender ideology and transhumanism. Many times he verbalises exactly what we are thinking, but are now far too afraid to say. Among many things he points out that the modern refusal to embrace Christian tradition and the insistence on making things new independent of God is a very dangerous thing to do. How can we truly ...more
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Robert Cardinal Sarah was born in Guinea, West Africa. Made an Archbishop by Pope John Paul II and a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, he was named the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis in 2014.

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“In our materialistic civilization, man thinks almost exclusively of his own narrow interests. He sees God as the one who ought to provide him with what consumption does not give him. God is utilized to satisfy selfish demands. If he does not answer prayer, they abandon him. Some even go so far as to blaspheme his holy name. The religion that ought to connect heaven and earth then runs the risk of becoming a purely narcissistic space.” 6 likes
“Man’s dignity is an echo of God’s transcendence. But if we no longer tremble with a joyful, reverential fear before the greatness of God, how could man be for us a mystery worthy of respect? He no longer has this divine nobility. He becomes a piece of merchandise, a laboratory specimen.” 2 likes
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