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What Liz is Reading: God or Nothing by Robert Cardinal Sarah with Nicholas Diat

July 6, 2016

     This riveting book is an interview/autobiography of one of the most remarkable men in the College of the Cardinals. Born in a remote animist village in Guinea, West Africa, Robert Sarah’s journey to Rome is a fascinating tale in and of itself. His frankness about the woes of the modern age is refreshing, and his love of Africa, its faith and its people, makes him a truly splendid ambassador for his continent.

    I have found two things particularly singular and compelling in the book: (1) His discussion on prayer-- it’s meaning, power and centrality to life. Cardinal Sarah writes with the clarity of Pope Benedict XVI , but with a special and unique persuasiveness that comes from his own heart. (2) For me, as a faculty member of Duquesne University founded by the Spiritan order, the Cardinal’s constant expressions of gratitude to the Spiritan missionaries who brought Christ to his corner of the world were particularly moving.

    Sarah writes that the Spiritans taught by example, taught with love and taught enduring lessons that would be able to withstand the repression and persecution under the 24 years of the dictatorial regime of Marxist President Sékou Touré. I have discovered a new pride in my university and its founders and the precious work that they continue today. Thank you Cardinal Sarah for helping me see the world with new eyes!

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