Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, taught theology for 30 years at Boston College. Audio recordings of his lectures, “Christic Imagination: How Christ Transforms Us,” have recently been released by Now You Know Media.
The thrust of Bishop Erik Varden’s new book can be summed up in words preached on Pentecost Sunday: “We shouldn’t domesticate the Spirit. It comforts, but also devours.”
The Christian of the future, as Karl Rahner, S.J. once suggested, will be one who has experienced a life-changing encounter with the living Jesus Christ.
Our shared faith in Christ is a precious inheritance that can by no means be taken for granted but must be re-appropriated ever anew.
Holiness is incumbent upon all, but we also must strive to embrace the challenge to reappropriate the language of the evangelical counsels, now recast as evangelical imperatives.