Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Book Review Seven Last Words
Fr. Martin's latest book is Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus (NY: Harper One, 2016). This book is a collection of short pastoral reflections on Jesus' seven last words from the cross:
"Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
"Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise."
"Woman, here is your son….Here is your mother."
"My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?"
"I am thirsty."
"It is finished."
"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."
The seven last words are found in various places in the four gospels and in many parishes they have been a source for meditation and reflection on Holy Friday services. This particular collection of meditations were delivered last year at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.