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In this powerful audiobook by the acclaimed spiritual leader and best-selling writer, one he calls his "most important", he analyzes the profound spiritual, moral, and political crisis in the contemporary world. He says that he "considers that the decadence of our time has all the faces of mortal peril."

"At the root of the collapse of the West, there is a cultural identity crisis. The West no longer knows who it is, because it no longer knows and does not want to know who made it, who established it, as it was and as it is. Many countries today ignore their own history. This self-suffocation naturally leads to a decadence that opens the path to new, barbaric civilizations."

In these words, Cardinal Sarah summarizes the theme of his audiobook. His finding is simple: Our world is on the brink of the abyss. Crisis of faith and of the Church, decline of the West, betrayal by its elites, moral relativism, endless globalism, unbridled capitalism, new ideologies, political exhaustion, movements inspired by Islamist totalitarianism.... The time has come for an unflinching diagnosis.

While making clear the gravity of the crisis through which the West has gone, the Cardinal demonstrates that it is possible to avoid the hell of a world without God, a world without man, a world without hope.

After the great international success of his first two books, God or Nothing and The Power of Silence, Cardinal Sarah offers a wide-ranging reflection on the crisis of the contemporary world while teaching many important spiritual lessons.

©2019 Ignatius Press (P)2019 Ignatius Press

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Why Catholicism

One could spend their adult lifetime attending Mass and expecting some insightful catechism only to never come quite close to grasping what Catholicism is really about. Listen and learn from Cardinal Sarah: prayer, confession, adoration, and the celebration of the Mass. Catholic simply because it is true and beautiful.

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Amazing. Simply Amazing.

Refreshing. Cardinal Sarah's honesty and frankness are refreshing and eye-opening. This book is a real wake-up call. A call to sanctity and a life of holiness and awareness of the state of the Church today and what is happening in the world right now, as well as how these two effect one another.

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Thought provoking

Before listening to this book I would have divided the current Church into liberal and conservative factions. Cardinal Sarah manages to call for a return to Catholic values and still remain faithful to the depth of teachings of Vatican II. The Church is in the world but not of the world.

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A must listen for any Catholic out there!!!

I can't stress this enough. This is a gift of the Holy Spirit, written through these authors. A much needed grounding in faith in these trying times of the church.

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Profound insights, inspiring, an important book

Profound insights and well articulated. I Holy man, I conclude, with much clarity, eloquence and penetrating understanding of our times. I appreciate his historical, social, intellectual and theological grasp of the many complex and critical issues facing our Church and the world today. A very important book indeed that all Catholics should read and reflect on. Thank you Cardinal Sarah, you give us hope and comfort that we still have true Shepherds such as you guiding the Flock of Christ.

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The Prophet Jeremiah of our days

Simultaneously frightening and hopeful. This holy man speaks boldly and frankly to the spiritual torpor that afflicts Europe and America especially. Thank you Audible.

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Wisdom for living authentic Catholic faith in modern society

Robert Cardinal Sarah provides much needed guidance and wisdom to faithful Catholics. Today, ambiguities, contradictions, and even heresies are spoken and taught by many modernist leaders in the Church hierarchy. In contrast, this book contains serene wisdom in continuity with the teachings of Christ and of the saints and martyrs. Importantly, Cardinal Sarah has a unique ability to identify errors and problems in the Church and society while uniting, not dividing, the faithful. He is a true shepherd trying to genuinely lead everyone to Christ and heaven in a compassionate, authentic, and truthful way. I highly recommend this book to all Christians.

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Prophet of the 20th Century

Cardinal Sarah transcends partisanship in Christ’s Church with supernatural charity. A must read for all troubled Catholics who love the Truth and need a true pastor in this dark time.

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A true devotion in the words of wisdom

The book contains a lot of helpful insights into the priesthood and the life of faith.

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I was sad when I finished because it was so good

What a holy man Robert Cardinal Sarah is and how it is reflected in his wisdom and insight! This an excellent book and I highly recommend it.

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  • 03-07-20

Accessible, but deep

This book is a dialogue in an interview format between Nicolas Diat, and Robert Cardinal Sarah. It covers a very broad range of topics, some very complex, in a way that is centred on Christ. Cardinal Sarah manages to bring all these very modern topics into view through the lense of the Church, using them as opportunities to give the deeper spiritual teachings that get lost in the public debate. Cardinal Sarah uses extensive quotes from Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. His filial devotion to the office of St Peter is very clear, and was quite touching. This was an important theme, I think, through the book as it shows the unity between the three popes that most adults have known, and who are often contrasted or compared with each other by the media. This book is a loving critique of the age we find ourselves in. It's not a tirade against modernity, but gives hopeful guidance concerning our future by examining current trends in the world. It's particularly helpful to hear an African voice speak on the condition of the Western world, since an outsider's perspective is usually more balanced than one from within any given society. The narration was clear, well paced, and gave good emphasis where needed, with clear references to any notes given. The interview format makes for easy listening, in that one can listen to a short section at a time, or several chapters at once. This is a very useful book for examining the society we find ourselves in.

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  • Roisin Deighan
  • 01-23-20

A must read

Everyone will benefit from reading this book. it should be on the reading list of every political, cultural and religious leader. It reveals the roots of the problems that assail our societies in the West and shows how the paths we are on are leading to eventual social fragmentation and breakdown. Sadly those most in need of reading it will be closed to doing so.

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  • Samuel Sheridan Garrity
  • 03-13-20

Love this book!!! Love Cardinal Sarah!!!

This book hits every nail straight on the head. It's easy to follow yet very thought provoking. I love how Cardinal Sarah puts his faith into words. It has really inspired me, to me much more confident with charity to be outspoken in my faith. Especially with people who are unlikely to share the same view.

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  • Sharmaine lenaghan
  • 10-12-20

Drivel

This is obviously just my opinion and others may not agree but to me, It’s extremely boring and long winded. It’s more about the musings and inner monologue of an old cleric than a reality check about specific events unfolding and transforming the church, lots of what we should be or could do with a few references to the gospel or speeches given by pope thrown in. I was expecting to read a frank and honest book about the corruption, changes introduced by Vatican 2, the direction of the church and why it seems in opposition sometimes to the very word of God etc. It may contain more and get better as the book progresses but I didn’t make it any further than a few chapters and long before then I was finding myself to be frustrated by listening to it. Whilst listening, I Pictured in my head, an old guy sitting in his office, overlooking Vatican City, bored out of his mind, contemplating the religious world he lives in and allowing his inner monologue to spill out onto the keyboard of his PC. 😁