Christ in the Storm: An Extraordinary Blessing for a Suffering World

Pope Francis (Author) John L. Allen Jr (Foreword by)
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"Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?"--Mark 4:40

As he calmed the storm at sea, Jesus reproached the apostles for their lack of faith. On March 27, 2020, Pope Francis used the Gospel passage as a sign of God's blessing, forgiveness, and healing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Holy Father offered hope to the world with an Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing from an empty St. Peter's Square.

Christ in the Storm gathers color photos, readings, the pope's homily and blessing, and also provides explanation of the symbolism and history throughout the event to create a powerful reminder that Jesus is always with us and that God's love never fails.

An Urbi et Orbi Blessing (Urbi et Orbi means "to the city and to the world") is usually reserved for Christmas and Easter, but Pope Francis used his powerful and moving message to unite the world in prayer in the wake of the coronavirus. History will remember the dramatic images of the Holy Father walking alone in St. Peter's Square at twilight in the rain and his profound words of hope.

The Pope said,

Faith begins when we realize we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God's strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.

In addition to reading about the historical background of the event, you also will learn the significance of the following elements of the unique and deeply moving service:

  • the icon of Mary, Health of the Roman People
  • the Miraculous Crucifix
  • plenary indulgence
  • prayers such as the Litany of Supplication
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Chants such as the Tantum Ergo

Product Details

Price
$19.95  $18.35
Publisher
Ave Maria Press
Publish Date
October 02, 2020
Pages
104
Dimensions
5.0 X 7.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781646800537

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About the Author

POPE FRANCIS was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young man, he worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the Jesuits. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979, was Argentina's Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a Cardinal in 2001. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor on 13 March. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years. Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.

John L. Allen Jr. is a Vatican expert and editor of Crux.

Timothy O'Malley, PhD, is director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy in the Institute for Church Life and a concurrent assistant professional specialist in the Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Liturgy and the New Evangelization: Practicing the Art of Self-Giving Love published by Liturgical Press.