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Conformed to Christ Crucified

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Joseph Carola

Conformed to Christ Crucified

2015 pp. 176



Father Joseph Carola forms great priests. He is renowned as a scholar of the early Church Fathers – and equally renowned as a spiritual guide and friend to priests and seminarians. Those who study under him remain devoted to him, long after they’ ve returned home to put his lessons to good use in our parishes. Like its predecessor, this book of meditations gives us a rare chance to sit at the feet of a living master. Even more, it will inspire readers – priests, religious and laity – to conform their lives to the Living Mater: It deserves to become a spiritual classic. Scott Hahn, Ph.D. – Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and visiting professor at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. Holy Orders sacramentally conform priests to Christ Crucified. Bearing our cross in the service of others, we do indeed duffer. If we attempt to bear that cross without the aid of Christ’s grace, it cripples us. But if we seek His grace prudently and prayerfully, we experience His Cross for what it truly is: the Tree of Life. Elaborating upon this spiritual insight, the sermons in this collection repeatedly return to the Philippians hymn of Christ’s self-abasement. That hymn lauds His death upon the Cross, but it does not conclude there. Rather, it joyfully proclaims that “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should how, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). To be conformed to Christ Crucified, therefore, is to be conformed to the Living One who is not to be found among the dead (cf. Luke 24:5). It is to be conformed to the Risen Lord Jesus Crucified who is Wounded Love Victorious. From the introduction.


Joseph Carola, S.J., a member of the United States Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, originally hails from Texas, but he has lived in Rome since the 1990’s. He teaches patristic theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he also moderates the theology faculty’s first-cycle studies (S.T.B.). In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI named him a consultor of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments.





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