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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tears of God

A recurring theme in contemporary dramas is the tragedy of a hero or heroine being told by a physician something like the following: “I’m afraid the cancer is malignant; you have six months to live.” After being told that death is imminent, a process of soul-searching begins; of reconciliations with loved ones; and of finding a meaning behind the knowledge of death. Such tragedies, then, often turn out to be tales of renewed life and call us to live now rather than wait until death calls us. Yet how often do we heed this message? We all know that death, like taxes, is inescapable, and yet we find ourselves unprepared when confronted by it. The real tragedy is not death, but our daily forgetfulness of the need to prepare ourselves for its coming.
Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s Tears of God: Persevering in the Face of Great Sorrow or Catastrophe is not only a practical manual for those trying to cope with great trials and tribulations, but also a poignant reflection on how the God who became man that He might die for our sins calls upon us to take up the cross. Even the most ardent Christian can fail to avail him or herself of the graces that flow to us through Christ’s life-giving death, and this little booklet will be of great help to those facing such crises. Yet, one should not stop there, for we are all called to be ready, knowing not when the Master will come, and thus this book is recommended reading for all who desire to come to terms with mortality. As a final note, this book is well-suited for a book group, church group, etc. If you still are unsure if this book would be right for you, please check out the review posted by The Philosophy Mom by clicking here.
This review was written as part of the Catholic Book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Tears of God.

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