Sunday, April 18, 2010

R.I.P. Cardinal Tomas Spidlik

Cardinal Tomas Spidlik's works, The Spirituality of the Christian East and Prayer: The Spirituality of the Christian East are two titles which I have always been very glad to have in my own library. Yesterday, we learn from VIS, Cardinal Spidlik died:

VATICAN CITY, 17 APR 2010 (VIS) - Benedict XVI has sent a telegram of condolence to Fr. Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, superior general of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), for the death of Cardinal Tomas Spidlik S.J., who died in Rome yesterday at the age of 90.

"The pious demise of Cardinal Tomas Spidlik, distinguished Jesuit and zealous servant of the Gospel, has aroused deep commotion in my heart. It is with profound gratitude that I recall his solid faith, his paternal affability and his intense cultural and ecclesial labours, especially as an authoritative expert on Eastern Christian spirituality. I raise fervent prayers to the Lord that, by the intercession of the Most Holy Virgin and of St. Ignatius of Loyola, He may give the deceased cardinal the eternal prize promised to His faithful disciples. And to you, to the Society of Jesus, and to everyone who knew him and appreciated his gifts of mind and heart, I send a heartfelt and comforting apostolic blessing".

To give you a sense of the Cardinal's writings, here are some of his Thoughts on Iconography and the Church Building.

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