TAKE UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW
First Printed: 01-05-2009
This book consists of fifteen reflections based on the passion narratives in each of the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each of the sixty reflections contains a title, a passage from Scripture, a reflection, a meditation, questions to assist in a person’s private examination of conscience or for assistance in compiling a Lenten journal, and concludes with a brief prayer. The author’s idea behind this structure is to take the reader on a personal pilgrimage with Jesus through the gospels during Lent, highlighting his suffering, death and resurrection and applying the insight culled to everyday living. Each exercise is, therefore, designed to facilitate the reader’s reflections, meditations and prayer. They are purposely kept short and simple so that they can be used profitably by the average very busy person at the beginning or end of each day in Lent.
About the Author: Mark G. Boyer, a priest of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for thirty-three years, is the author of thirty books (five published by ST PAULS / Alba House) on biblical and liturgical spirituality. A monthly columnist forThe Priest magazine, he is the founding pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Nixa, Missouri and a part-time member of the Religious Studies Department of Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, where he has taught courses in the Bible and film for over twenty years.
Book: 126 pages
Prod. Code: 1294-4
Father Mark Boyer presents 15 brief reflections on the Passion narratives in each of the four Gospels in "Take Up Your Cross and Follow: Daily Lenten Reflections." Father Boyer, a priest of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO, diocese, is a columnist for Priest magazine and author of 30 books. He prepared the reflections in a short and simple format to encourage people to use them every day. He envisioned the book as taking the reader on a personal pilgrimage with Christ through those Gospel narratives, and accompanies each Scriptural passage with a meditation, a prayer and thoughts to help in a private examination of conscience or in creating a Lenten journal.
"Those around the cross, those who think that they have power, want to see the one on the cross save himself," Father Boyer writes. "The plea is still heard today. We are always being tempted to save ourselves.... In the end, however, no one can save us but God. This is the great truth that Jesus spoke in silence from the wood of the cross. When his revilers said that Jesus should save himself, they were too blind to see that Jesus was being saved by God. In their illusory power they missed God's saving vulnerability." --Patricia Bartos in Pittsburgh Catholic, March 6, 2009