Thursday, April 11, 2002



The Suffering Servant's Courage by Christine Haapala


The Suffering Servant Scriptorium, 097039960X, $7.00


Note: this review was written on September 17, 2001, in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.





Given that October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary, and considering the recent events happening in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania, it is appropriate to review Christine Haapala's book, The Suffering Servant's Courage now because prayer is needed now more than ever. Haapala's book is a collection of Scriptural prayers designed as meditations for the Rosary prayer, and is for, as the publisher emphasizes, "everyone who wants to pray and unite their sufferings with the sufferings of Christ."



Accompanied by vivid and at times heart-rendering illustrations depicting the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary by 19th century artist Gustave Doré, The Suffering Servant's Courage offers to complement the Rosary with the comforting Word that reminds us of how Christ suffered for us and how we should lay our own sufferings at His feet. The Suffering Servant's Courage is a book one should refer to during such times of spiritual need, no matter how great the suffering.



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