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Holy Days: Meditations on the Feasts, Fasts, and Solemnities of the Church (edition 2012)

by Pope Benedict XVI

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Title:Holy Days: Meditations on the Feasts, Fasts, and Solemnities of the Church
Authors:Pope Benedict XVI
Info:Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (2012), Paperback, 80 pages
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Pope Benedict XVI's reflections and meditations are accessible and convenient. They are useful tools for someone who is trying to revitalize his or her prayer life. The book is a thoughtful contribution from one of the most fascinating theological figures of the 20th century.
  zachrd | May 14, 2014 |
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Devotional featuring the best of Pope Benedict XVI's speeches. The book is organized by liturgical date, mainly illustrating the main feast days in the Roman Catholic year. Each entry is approximately one page long and gives one memorable speech given by Pope Benedict XVI on that liturgical date. Before the pope's speech, a secondary author gives the context of the speech, as well as the location and special rituals that occur on that date. The speeches were very appropriate thought-provoking. I definitely find this book useful, insightful, and relevant. A must for any Catholic's bookshelf. ( )
  mandymarie20 | Jan 20, 2013 |
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While not written to be a major theological work, I found the book to be weak and simple. As a Catholic, the writings are either simple catechismal teachings, subject's of homilies past or of issues that can be found explained in the weekly church bulletin. Certain sections were touching and provided me with insight. I can see where this book would be useful as a quick reference guide stored conveniently at work or home or as a handy meditative guide. However for the most part it didn't provide me with anything that I haven't already heard, read or experienced in the Church. ( )
  Blooshirt | Dec 12, 2012 |
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It is a central emphasis of Pope Benedict XVI to renew the liturgical praxis of the church within the span of his pontificate. His goal is to help Christians "rediscover the Liturgy in all its hidden spiritual wealth and transcendent grandeur as the very center of our Christian life." It is an emphasis begun in his award-winning book _The Spirit of the Liturgy_ and continued through others, including _Holy Days:Meditations on the Feasts, Fasts, and Other Solemnities of the Church_.

The liturgical year, he says, "is a great voyage of faith on which the Church sets us out." Advent. The Christmas season. Ordinary time. Lent. These and the other seasons of the liturgical year receive a meditation excerpted from other addresses given by Benedict XVI. The book concludes with a meditation on the feast of Christ the King. Following in the path of the year is like plowing the heart. Stepping in its rhythms is a "patient logic" that he says can give live. By following the rhythms of the year, the faithful will learn to "recognize the mysterious presence of the risen Lord."

Protestant readers may find off-putting Benedict's pervasive Mariology and his meditations on figures such as the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe or the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Roman Catholic readers will find this little book to be a helpful addition to Benedict XVI's other devotional writings, including _Feast of Faith_ and _Seek That Which is Above_. ( )
  socialtrinity | Nov 8, 2012 |
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This very short book aims to introduce Roman Catholic readers to short meditations on saint’s days and feast days. Unfortunately, this version is not the final planned edition with French flaps. Each short chapter is introduced by a few words from Jean-Michel Coulet who is the editor of the French edition of L’Osservatore Romano. Most of the notes explain the nature of the liturgical year and its importance. The reflections by Benedict are edited simply and reveal a single theme. Each theme is a planned as a meditation. The book is meant to be a devotional of sorts for individual private prayer. Benedict’s reflections are often scriptural in nature but he also takes theological avenues as well. Most of the reflections are taken from Angelus talks or Mass homilies. This book is short but well done. I believe it to be the type of slim volume someone could keep in their purse or car or office desk for when a moment of free time is available. Eerdmans is a well-regarded published of religious theme books. Color photos only on the jacket covers. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Nov 6, 2012 |
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According to Pope Benedict XVI, "the liturgical year is a great voyage of faith on which the Church sets us out." The feast days in the Church's liturgical calendar follow the major events of Jesus' life as recounted in the Gospels. This cycle gives a rhythm to the life of the Church and helps Christians better understand the divine mystery. Especially in our secularized society, liturgical practices guide and deepen our path, centering our focus on Christ and teaching us how to live.

Beginning with Advent and concluding with the feast of Christ the King, Pope Benedict's Holy Days presents excerpts from selected homilies that he has given over the course of the liturgical year in Rome. The book is organized by season and feast days, with brief introductions. This short devotional volume will be a welcome resource for priests and parishioners seeking to focus their minds in preparation for worship.

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