Sunday, September 09, 2007

Comments on Pillars of Flame: Power, Priesthood and Spiritual Maturity

“There are no priests in the four Gospels or the genuine letters of Paul. That fact should make us rethink entirely the concepts of Christian ministry and community. Maggie Ross gives us a good way to start.” — Garry Wills, author of "What Jesus Meant"

"A passionate and searching book which unsparingly sets the Gospel in judgment over the popular Christian idolatries of our time." — Rowan Williams. Archbishop of Canterbury

“Like a jeweler taking out and displaying a dark and incandescent stone, so Maggie Ross holds up to us Christ’s priesthood, made alive among all his faithful by baptism. As she shows us this flashing jewel, we are summoned to the self-emptying that is central to our vocation and brought back to what we had once known, but forgotten, our priesthood to be. I am grateful to have my imagination once again set on fire.” — James Alison, author of "Undergoing God: Dispatches from the Scene of a Break-In"

“Maggie Ross argues cogently and persuasively that we should provide the world with the paradigm of the self-emptying leadership of Christ—not self-serving, not self-aggrandizing, but poured out in selfless service of others.” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from the Foreword


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