"In this passing over,
if it is to be perfect,
all intellectual activities must be left behind
and the height of our affection
must be totally transferred and transformed
This, however, is mystical and most secret,
which no one knows
except him who receives it,
no one receives
except him who desires it,
and no one desires except him
who is inflamed in his very marrow by the fire of the Holy Spirit
whom Christ sent into the world.
And therefore the Apostle says that
this mystical wisdom is revealed
by the Holy Spirit."
Cf. Luke 12:49
Cf, 1Cor. 2:10ff.
Books by Father Sergius Wroblewski, OFM
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Christ & Life Today
In this polarized society many baptized Christians see Jesus as a historical figure but not as a living Person with him we can communicate and imitate. Although the book is not a life of Christ, it does focus on the key events and teachings and their relevance to the issues of out day and age. Each chapter begins with an issue, a point of debate and depicts the event in Christ's life or teaching to enrich the conversation with a Christ-life viewpoint. That makes it possible to behave as Jesus did. For Jesus is the ICON who reveals what God is like and enables us, who were made unto His image, to become more and more Christ-like.
This book authored by Fr. Sergius Wrobleewski, OFM is the fruit if his pastoral experience in seeking to make Christ relevant to contemporaries. His great concern is to male Christians aware that Jesus is alive and that He has given us the Holy Spirit to shape us into His image so that we may become living witnesses, able to share "the riches of Christ".
The Real Francis
In his preface the author states that his assigned task in this book will be to present the mind of St. Francis of Assisi as revealed in his writings. Further, because Francis' writings are a commentary on the New Testament, Father Wroblewski proposes to expand on Francis' brief expositions in the light of the scared Scriptures.
Franciscan spirituality (the author contends)is more than a simple living according to Scriptures. The second founder of the Franciscan order, St. Bonaventure, intimated that no human being can reproduce Christ in His fullness; a particular imitation can be only partial attempt. It follows, then, that a spirituality is one way of reading Scripture. - in this case, St. Francis' way.
This book is divided in to twelve chapters which are so many glittering (and frequently dazzling) complex facets of the Seraph of Christ. From them emerges the distinctive Franciscan charism as evidenced in St. Francis himself and then in his brothers and sisters, the members of the order which he founded.
Not to be overlooked as an added feature of this book are the seraphic poems of Sister M. Angela Sassak, O.S.F., a Bernardine Sister. The poems provide an overture to the individual chapters.
Tell It to the Birds
This is a collection of fifty-one insightful and delightful essays on the Saint of Assis, written by one of his followers who has spent a notable portion fo his life seriously studying Francis.
Father Wroblewski poses the question: "What would St. Francis have done today?" Admitting that no one can adequately answer the question, except in the realm of speculation, he attempts to contextualize Francis' ideals by presenting the Saint's radical Christian stance in the contest of modern life.
He achieves this with remarkable success.
You may or may not agree with all the conclusions which become manifest, but you will be motivated to appreciate the insights you will find. The Poverello often was so admirable and captivating but hardly that often imitable. His ideals, so noble and natural to him, are not that easy for others to attain.
Father Wroblewski must be congratulated on a job well done. Tell It to the Birds is not just for birds; it is also for you and all who appreciate the Saint of Assisi.
If you would like to purchase a copy of one of Father Sergius Wroblewski, OFM 's books, You can do so directly from http://taupublishing.org (the official publisher for Father Wroblewski).
Once at the link, go to the "Book Store" on the left and then use the drop down on the right where it says all. Simply, scroll down to Fr Sergius Wroblewski and the 3 books he currently has in print will come up. There you will be able to purchase any of these from that site.