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Being that our last book review was too long ago its seems appropriate to have another.  I read this book Lent two years ago in preparation for a talk I gave to the Catholic student center at LSU for their Lenten retreat.  I ran into the book oddly enough on shelves of Barnes and Noble, as a bibliophile it is very difficult not to go in there and not buy a book.  Part of a series on the cross, this book by Servant of God Fulton Sheen is called The Cross and the Beatitudes.

Put out by Ligouri Press, its a short read.  The beauty of Sheen’s writing is the depth of his brevity.  He hits his points with clarity and strength while never belaboring the reader.  His goal in the book is to connect the 7 last words of Christ with the seven Beatitudes (I know your thinking to yourself, hey there’s eight Beatitudes.  There are.  The final beatitude is the crowing the fulfillment of all of the previous beatitudes which is comparable to Christ’s death).

This is a good reflection for Lent.  To spend a week or so on each beatitude/last word would be a good way to enhance your Lent.

About Fr. Kyle

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. I was born and raised right outside New Orleans. I attended Catholic school my entire educational career. By the time I graduated high school, I had two paths to choose: rockstar or priesthood. I pursued both for awhile but eventually came to the understanding God's will was priesthood and my will was rockstardom. After making that decision, to allow God's will to be mine, I needed a new way to channel my creativity. I began writing as I finished up my formation for priesthood. I still play music, but priestly ministry comes first. My bride: St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Harahan, LA.

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