Come, Holy Spirit reveals a spirituality intimately connected to the daily life of Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, affectionately known as “Fr. Ted”—prominent priest, civil rights activist, public servant, and former president of the University of Notre Dame. In this first collection of his spiritual writings, Hesburgh is revealed to be a person of action with an even more dynamic spiritual life.
Hesburgh wholeheartedly embraced his role as pastor to the Notre Dame community and counted the day of his Ordination to the priesthood as the happiest in his life. Reflecting on his legacy, Hesburgh said that if he could have only one word on his tombstone, it would be “priest.” His homilies, lectures, prayers, and invocations display his characteristic wisdom and warmth and offer unique encouragement to contemporary readers pondering essential questions in their lives of faith, prayer, family, and peace.
Come, Holy Spirit sheds light on an underexplored facet of Hesburgh’s identity: While his life story has been widely told, few of his biographers explore in much detail how he nurtured his vocation through a commitment to prayer and daily celebration of the Mass. No collections of Hesburgh’s writings are currently in print, and no books of his spiritual writings were ever published during his lifetime.
This book is a perfect gift for any fan of Hesburgh or the University of Notre Dame.
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“This book is an amazing view into the faith and wisdom of Fr. Hesburgh. It clearly portrays Fr Ted's dedication to his God, his country, his beloved Notre Dame, and to all he served so faithfully. This compilation is a road map for life and I couldn't put it down!”
“Fr. Ted's words provide guidance for how all of us can respond to the callings God places on our own hearts.”
“Fr. Ted Hesburgh has been an important part of my life since 1971 when I came to the University of Notre Dame. He always gave me hope and direction with the power of prayer and courage to believe in my faith. Reading this book reminds me of his grace, wisdom, humanity, and unwavering faith in the glory of God.”
“The documents in this fine collection speak to the vitality of Fr. Hesburgh’s spiritual life and are often deeply moving. A pleasure to read.”
“An absorbing read for anyone interested in what makes a great leader great. I had not known that Fr. Hesburgh opened his heart daily to the Holy Spirit.”