Seven Last Words

Seven Last Words

An Invitation to A Deeper Friendship With Jesus

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Based on his talks at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral on Good Friday 2015, the New York Times bestselling author and editor at large of America magazine offers a portrait of Jesus, using his last words on the cross to reveal how deeply he understood our predicaments, what it means to be fully human, and why we can turn to Christ completely, in mind, heart, and soul.

Each meditation is dedicated to one of the seven sayings:

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."

"Today you will be with me in Paradise."

"Woman, this is your son" . . . "This is your mother."


"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"


"I thirst."


"It is finished."


"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."

With the warmth, wisdom, and grace that infuse his works, Father James Martin explains why Jesus's crucifixion and death on the cross is an important teaching moment in the Gospels. Jesus's final statements, words that are deeply cherished by his followers, exemplify the depth of his suffering but also provide a key to his empathy and why we can connect with him so deeply.

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperOne,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062431387
0062431382
Characteristics: 134 pages
Additional Contributors: Martin, James 1960-

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Sep 22, 2019

Seven Last Words
An Invitation to A Deeper Friendship With Jesus
128 pgs, small book; this is a book to read and reread three, four, fives times, not because it is too hard to understand...but because James Martin's "clearly written" insights about Jesus' life and "last words" (seven phrases) are very rich insights.
I especially liked the use of questions in the chapters; such as Who did Jesus believe himself to be? ....
The questions help to mirror our questions; how can a deeper friendship with Jesus continue to grow in our daily lives, fragile hearts, busy minds?

Google books site shows some pages if you want to get a feeling for the writing.

Father Martin has authored many books; he's on YouTube; example, Stephen Colbert 20 minute interview of Father Martin;

Martin is a popular speaker; teacher;

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