In Gethsemane, Jesus begged His disciples to "watch one hour" with Him.
Another Lent begins next week.Before it ends, will you finally manageto watch one hour with Jesus,and in that hour, to grow closer to Him in prayer...as He yearns for you to do?
If you're not confident, you shouldconsider this remarkable book,written in Jerusalem in the 1920sby a Dominican priest who lived there.
This Lent, it will make it easy for youto watch not just one hour with Jesus,but many.
"By means of this book,"said Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta,"we enter right into the Heart of Jesus and discoverhow precious we are to Him and how muchHe longs for our love in return."
The late John Cardinal O'Connorcalled this book "beautiful, devotional, and insightful."
Fr. Benedict Groeschelproclaimed it "a powerful aid to meditation."
Dr. Alice von Hildebran says,"This book should be in the hands of every single Christian."
That's because its author,Rev. A.D. Sertillanges (1863-1948),wrote with the care of a scholar, the eye of a cinematographer,and the tenderness of a saint.
In the pages of this book, What Jesus Saw from the Cross,you'll be jostled by crowds as you enter Jerusalem with Jesus,choke on the dust of the narrow streets,breathe the rich smells of the city at festival time,and share the Last Supper with the disciples.
You'll weep in Gethsemane,witness the kiss of Judas and the lying accusationsmade before Herod and Pilate.You'll stumble with Jesus through narrow streets,bumped by pack animals and hawkers selling waresto the thrill-seeking crowd,sneering at the Cross Jesus bears.
You'll weep as soldiers drive home the nailsand tremble as darkness covers the earthwhen Jesus dies.
So intense is Fr. Sertillanges' account of Jesus' last days— and so faithful to the Gospel —that generations of Catholics have usedWhat Jesus Saw from the Crossto prepare themselves for Easter.
The late Fr. John Hardon, Servant of God, said that:
"Father Sertillanges' book immerses usinto every detail, every event, and every emotionthat accompanies the dramaof Christ's suffering and sacrifice on the cross.After reading this book, every Christian will experiencethe vivid sense of being an eyewitnessto the death of His Lordand view the Crucifixion as a personal eventthat touches his daily life.This is a book for all times, for all places, and for all people, especially our own age."
Will your faith grow this Lent,or will it be another Lentin which you just"manage to get by?"
Join Mother Teresa, Cardinal O'Connor,Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Dr. Alice von Hildebrand,and countless other good Catholicswho have nourished their faith withWhat Jesus Saw from the Cross.