Come, Holy Spirit

Spiritual Wisdom from Fr. Ted Hesburgh

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Publication date: August 5, 2022

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Come, Holy Spirit reveals a spirituality intimately connected to the daily life of Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, affectionately known as “Fr. Ted”—prominent priest, civil rights activist, public servant, and former president of the University of Notre Dame. In this first collection of his spiritual writings, Hesburgh is revealed to be a person of action with an even more dynamic spiritual life.

Hesburgh wholeheartedly embraced his role as pastor to the Notre Dame community and counted the day of his Ordination to the priesthood as the happiest in his life. Reflecting on his legacy, Hesburgh said that if he could have only one word on his tombstone, it would be “priest.” His homilies, lectures, prayers, and invocations display his characteristic wisdom and warmth and offer unique encouragement to contemporary readers pondering essential questions in their lives of faith, prayer, family, and peace.

Come, Holy Spirit sheds light on an underexplored facet of Hesburgh’s identity: While his life story has been widely told, few of his biographers explore in much detail how he nurtured his vocation through a commitment to prayer and daily celebration of the Mass. No collections of Hesburgh’s writings are currently in print, and no books of his spiritual writings were ever published during his lifetime.

This book is a perfect gift for any fan of Hesburgh or the University of Notre Dame.

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Pages: 256

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781646801152

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A road map for life.”

    “This book is an amazing view into the faith and wisdom of Fr. Hesburgh. It clearly portrays Fr Ted's dedication to his God, his country, his beloved Notre Dame, and to all he served so faithfully. This compilation is a road map for life and I couldn't put it down!”

    Joe Donnelly
    US ambassador to the Holy See

  • “Guidance for how to respond to God's call.”

    “Fr. Ted's words provide guidance for how all of us can respond to the callings God places on our own hearts.”

    From the foreword by Fr. John I. Jenkins, CSC
    President of the University of Notre Dame

  • “Grace, wisdom and unwavering faith in the glory of God.

    “Fr. Ted Hesburgh has been an important part of my life since 1971 when I came to the University of Notre Dame. He always gave me hope and direction with the power of prayer and courage to believe in my faith. Reading this book reminds me of his grace, wisdom, humanity, and unwavering faith in the glory of God.”

    Digger Phelps
    Former Men’s Basketball Coach
    University of Notre Dame

  • “A pleasure to read.”

    “The documents in this fine collection speak to the vitality of Fr. Hesburgh’s spiritual life and are often deeply moving. A pleasure to read.”

    Leslie Woodcock Tentler
    Professor of History Emerita
    Catholic University of America

  • “An absorbing read.”

    “An absorbing read for anyone interested in what makes a great leader great. I had not known that Fr. Hesburgh opened his heart daily to the Holy Spirit.”

    Fr. Dennis J. Dease
    President Emeritus
    University of St. Thomas

  • “Fr. Ted continues to teach us the need for the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.”

    “Throughout these pages, Fr. Ted continues to teach us the importance of embracing our individual vocation and the need for the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives for hope, strength, and guidance as we renew our commitment each day to do the work of bringing Christ to our anxious world.”

    Cardinal Wilton Gregory
    Archdiocese of Washington, DC

  • “An enormous impact.”

    “Anyone who is familiar with the history of Catholic higher education in the 1960s and 1970s knows that one person, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, had an enormous impact that shaped thinking on the role of theology, academic freedom, and the mission of Catholic colleges and universities.”

    Fr. James L. Heft, SM
    Alton M. Brooks professor of religion and founding director of Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies
    University of Southern California

  • “A personal glimpse into the relationship Fr. Ted had with his God”

    “While Fr. Ted's sermons and writings are directed to strengthen the spiritual journey of others, the chapters contain a personal glimpse into the relationship Fr. Ted had with his God and the power it had in propelling him on his journey to serve others.”

    Fr. Peter M. Donohue, OSA
    President of Villanova University

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