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Paulist Press Author to Lead Pope Francis and Roman Curia Lenten Retreat

Wednesday, February 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Pope Francis has chosen a Portuguese priest, Father José Tolentino Mendonça, Paulist Press author of three books, to lead his 2018 Lenten Retreat scheduled for February 18-23 at the retreat house in Ariccia, outside of Rome.  The overall theme of Father Mendonça’s meditations will be “In Praise of Thirst.”  The Portuguese born priest will give 10 talks during the retreat, beginning with a meditation titled “Apprentices of Awe.” The other presentations include examining the experience of thirst, “the thirst for nothing,” “the thirst for Jesus,” tears and thirst, desire, and “the beatitude of thirst.”

Father Mendonça is a prolific and bestselling author and poet in Europe.  An historical mission of Paulist Press is to translate into English superb theological and spiritual writers that English language readers would not otherwise be able to access. Fr. Mendonça is one of Catholicism’s shining lights. His writing is filled with fresh, original, moving insights.  His books available worldwide in English and published by Paulist Press include:

Our Father, Who Art on Earth (Paulist Press 2013)

Reflects on the relationship between faith and culture using cultural, poetic, and biblical reflections on every line of the Lord's Prayer. It will change the way readers see and say this beloved prayer.

No Journey Will Be Too Long (Paulist Press 2014)

Friendship is a universal experience and represents for everyone an irreplaceable process of humanization and hope. “Friends bear witness to our heart that there is always a journey to be undertaken and no journey will be too long.”

Jesus and the Woman (Paulist Press 2017)

A story of unconditional mercy. This book reveals the layers of meaning in the story of the sinful woman who inserts herself uninvited into a dinner party at a Pharisee’s home. Jesus's reaction to her reveals much about his relationship to us and the mercy of God.

José Tolentino Mendonça serves as the vice rector of the Catholic University of Lisbon and is a biblical scholar and consultant to the Pontifical Council for Culture.

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