I am very happy to announce the publication of A Passionate Adventure: Living the Catholic Faith Today, by Tau Cross Books and Media. The press release:
A Pope Passionately in Love with God
John Paul I’s writings inspire deeper faith
New York, September 15, 2013. Thirty-five years after his sudden and untimely death, the “forgotten” Pope John Paul I is about to become better-known. Dr. Lori Pieper, a scholar who has researched Albino Luciani’s life for a number of years, has compiled and translated the first major collection of his writings in English. After decades of fanciful portraits of John Paul I, designed to fit the views of this or that author, his real voice can finally be heard.
A Passionate Adventure: Living the Catholic Faith Today, published by Tau Cross Books and Media in e-book format ($9.99), contains, along with a short biography of the Pope, 38 sermons, articles, essays, synod interventions, talks and interviews, dating from 1959 to 1978, when Luciani was Bishop of Vittorio Veneto and Patriarch of Venice.
Luciani took on the challenges that secularism presented to the faith of Catholics in the period immediately before, during and after the Second Vatican Council; most of them are still with us today. In his vivid and original style, he offers his reflections on the first Year of Faith in 1967-68, the mysteries of Catholic belief such as the Incarnation and Redemption, the Eucharist, the Cross, death and eternal life. He also speaks of evangelization and catechesis, birth control and abortion, faith and science, the meaning of the Church, the papal Magisterium, pluralism, ecumenism, prayer, devotion to Our Lady, and above all, becoming saints.
His writings inspire by the clarity, charm and wisdom, but above all by their passion.
“The truths of faith,” he says, “are not cold, inert things, but incandescent fire, on that urges us on, makes us restless, a fire bursting with energy that compels us to take eager and passionate action.”
He shows how living the faith each day is, as he said: “a passionate and passion-inspiring adventure” for someone in love with God.
Lori Pieper received her Ph.D. in History from Fordham University. Her books include The Greatest of These in Love: the Life of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. She has had articles published in a number of periodicals, including Our Sunday Visitor, The Catholic Digest and L’Osservatore Romano. She works as a professional translator, lives in the Bronx, New York, and blogs at On Pilgrimage. (www.pilgrimage.subcreators.com).