An universal history: from the creation of the world to the time of Charlemagne

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 Even three hundred years ago, believers found it difficult to sustain for forty days the proper Lenten spirit. That's why even then, countless Christians turned to the writings of Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704), whose great piety and simple eloquence won him renown as one of the greatest preachers of his time. From Bishop Bossuet's sermons and spiritual writings, believers drew ever greater Lenten wisdom and strength.

Now translator Christopher Blum has selected from Bishop Bossuet's voluminous works fifty brief but remarkably powerful meditations that complement the daily readings at Mass during the Lenten season, thus offering to us the perfect companion for a thoughtful and fruitful Lent.

If you read and meditate briefly on just one of them each day in Lent, I guarantee that this good French bishop's eloquence will soon have you not merely remembering the events of Christ's journey to His Crucifixion; it will have you spiritually walking with Him on that journey . . . which is precisely what we are called to do in Lent!

With Bossuet, this Lent you will find yourself saying, "O Jesus! I present myself to you to make my journey in your company. O my Savior, receive your traveler! Here I am ready, holding on to nothing. Let me go with You to the Father."

That's the fire that should burn in the heart of all Christians. This Lent, let Bishop Bossuet enkindle it in yours. Among the Meditations:

God Alone SufficesPray to God in SecretThe Truth and the LifeTempted in the DesertThe Sign of JonahLove Your EnemiesThis Is My Beloved SonAnd You Will Be ForgivenThe Wicked TenantsIn Spirit and in TruthThe Silence of ChristPriest, Prophet, and KingOur Life, a Journey to GodThe Great CommandmentI Was Hungry and You Fed MeThe Love of God for Repentant SinnersUp to JerusalemGod, the Life of the SoulThe Witness of the BaptistThe Raising of LazarusJesus Is PersecutedThe True MessiahThe AnointingThe BetrayalThe EucharistThe PassionThe Brevity of LifeWashed of Our SinsA Sign of ContradictionNo Man Ever Spoke Like This ManThe Entry of Our Lord into JerusalemTo Unite Ourselves with Christ
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