The cry of dereliction from the Cross evokes the title of this book, the infinite love of God in Christ the beating heart that runs through all its parts. Published in 1947, this spiritual theology is one of the enduring Catholic classics of the twentieth century, marked by the confidence and clarity of teaching of the pre-Vatican II Roman Church. The book begins almost as a dogmatic or systematic theology, with chapters devoted to Creation and Fall, plan of Redemption and the Redemption. But the rest the chapters become very Christocentric-seeking Christ through humility and love, in prayer, by reading, in conversation, in the sacraments, in the will of God, through abandonment, in union with Christ in our neighbor, in marriage, in Mary. Be ready here to meet Catholic piety in fundamental form. But also, be ready to recognize in its midst the essentials of universal Christian spiritual practice.
An Eighth Day View:
For forty years Catholic Christians have been turning and returning to this spiritual classic in which a Trappist monk speaks clearly and perceptively to the priest, religious, or layperson still "in the world."