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Reviews For The Book: The Universal Salvific Will of God

“Dr. Josephine Lombardi has undertaken a significant study of the universal salvific will of God drawing especially from the teaching documents of the Catholic Church from Vatican II onwards … Dr. Lombardi’s work provides background for understanding the theological dimensions of interreligious dialogue through official initiatives of the Holy See after the first two years of the Pontificate of Benedict XVI. … Whatever happens next and in the years to come will require theological attention, and this book … will be an important resource for theologians.” – Dr. John Borelli, Georgetown University

“This work is very relevant to some of the ongoing questions in contemporary Roman Catholic theology as the Church continues to come to grips with articulating its relationships with other religions theologically and doctrinally.” – Dr. John Dadosky, Associate Professor, Regis College, University of Toronto

“This is a fine piece of historical and systematic theological scholarship which traces the struggle of Christian theologians to articulate their faith in the universal salvific will of God well back into patristic times, and through a long historical development to the present time. While acknowledging the historic teaching of extra ecclesium nulla salus, and the various ways in which this has been understood in the Catholic tradition, the study shows that in recent decades, especially at Vatican II, and since then, the official teaching of the church has moved away from a position of exclusivity toward an inclusive theology which holds hope for members of other religious traditions.” – Dr. Harold Wells, Professor Emeritus in Systematic Theology, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

Reviews For The Book: What are they saying about The Universal Salvific Will of God

Recommended by popular catholic author, Alice Camille, on Catholic Religious Vocation Network.

Reviews For The Book: Living with the Liturgical Year (Paperback)

In this booklet the stories and seasons sanctifying the Church’s life are outlined in a fresh and practical way for us who live in a highly secular society. The stories begin with the First Sunday of Advent and end with the Feast of Christ the King. This is an excellent spiritual aid since it identifies our moods, (individual and collective), with the liturgical colours of violet, white, green, and red. This presentation is an appreciation of the Church’s year from the Catholic tradition. Although, members other traditions such as the Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran will recognize much in this liturgy that roots their own traditions. The companion book is, Living with the Hours. (Four Star Reader Review amazon.ca)

Reviews For The Book: On Earth as it is in Heaven

“Awesome book, really helps you understand the meaning of the prayers more in-depth, would recommend to anyone looking for insight into the Our Father” (Five Star Reader review amazon.ca)

“On Earth as it is in Heaven is full of wisdom yet written very clearly,”   (Messenger of Saint Anthony)

“Lombardi’s open and honest sharing of her own life experiences as illuminated by the Lord’s Prayer enhances the book’s readability and appeal; at times one has the sense of being drawn into the intimacy of a personal faith journey.”  (Prairie Messenger)

“Josephine Lombardi explores, phrase by phrase, some of the depths of the prayer that was inscribed on our hearts when we were children.”  (The Catholic Register)

“In On Earth as it is in Heaven, Dr. Josephine Lombardi develops the idea that the Lord’s Prayer reveals the way to salvation or restoration: God accepts our repentance, forgives our sins, calls us to forgive ourselves and others, heals our shame and guilt, liberates us from bad habits and thoughts, delivers us from addictions/oppressions, and leads us to eternal life. Lombardi analyzes the Our Father, line by line. Some of her key points are as follows:
– “Our Father in Heaven” The term used in the Lord’s Prayer is abba (daddy), which tells us to approach God intimately – as children to a father
– “Hallowed be Your Name” This petition is a call to honor God’s holiness through our own holiness in life – through our actions, thoughts, and words.
– “Give us this day our daily bread” God wants to provide for our minds, bodies, and spirits. Material blessing is a part of the greater spiritual blessing We are also called to help supply “daily bread” for others in need
– “And forgive us our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors” The process of forgiveness brings healing and understanding to those involved: Those who were wronged learn mercy; those who were lost through sin and harming others are restored.” (Peter Atkinson, Four Star Reader Review goodreads.com )

Reviews For The Book: Disciples of All Nations

Five Star Reader Review goodreads.com

Josephine Lombardi Disciples of All Nations


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