Cardinal Arinze, the first African prelate to head a major Vatican office, tells his amazing life story growing up in Nigeria, and how he was guided by "God's invisible hand" through many challenging and dangerous moments, to become one of the world's leading Catholic prelates, and one of the top candidates for Pope in the recent papal conclave.
In the style of the popular book length interviews done by Cardinal Ratzinger (Salt of the Earth, God & the World), Arinze responds to a host of wide ranging questions from journalist Gerard O'Connell. Arinze talks about his life and experiences growing up in Nigeria, becoming the world's youngest Bishop, being on the run during the Nigerian civil war, and as an outspoken Cardinal who led the way for inter-religious dialogue with non-Christian religions, particularly Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus.
The charismatic Cardinal, also tells about his years of working inside the Vatican under three different Popes, and of his close relationship with John Paul II. Arinze and John Paul worked together on various important projects and documents that have had an impact on the Church and the African culture.
Cardinal Ariinze shares in this book extremely timely and helpful for fostering greater interreligious understanding today, and for guiding religious persons in their common effort toward building peace and justice.
"Look with favor on your Church’s offering, and see the Victim whose death has reconciled us to yourself. Grant that we, who are nourished by His Body and Blood, may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one spirit in Christ" (Roman Missal).
With these familiar words we enter into the greatest of all celebrations of Faith. Now Cardinal Francis Arinze, one of the great leaders of the Church in the twenty-first century, brings readers to new levels of understanding and greater heights of appreciation for Christ’s inestimable gift of his body and blood in The Holy Eucharist.
Each of these short gems of contemplation has been designed to create a deep and lasting hunger in your heart for a more perfect union with the Lord. From his penetrating historical insights to his compassionate pastoral advice, Cardinal Arinze’s meditations help all Catholics find in the Eucharist a dynamic source for answering the demands of their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world.