In this rediscovered spiritual classic, Rev. Daniel A. Lord, S.J., offers a collection of sixteen deeply personal letters written to Christ as Lord was dying of cancer. Known as “the Hollywood priest” because of his involvement in the film industry, Lord was the author of ninety books and almost three hundred pamphlets. First published in 1963 and now back in print, these letters are still a shining example of an intimate relationship with Christ and a model of how to talk with God in an honest and intimate way.
In 1954, Fr. Daniel Lord made his annual Ignatian retreat while being treated in a St. Louis Hospital. On the second day of his eight-day retreat, Lord learned that his lung cancer would leave him with only a short time to live. He shares his reflections in this collection of letters written to Christ. Remarkably, Lord doesn’t write about his cancer, and if not for the introduction by the book’s original editor, Rev. Thomas Gavin, S.J., readers would never know of it.
Following the path of the Spiritual Exercises, Lord eloquently expresses gratitude and praise; acknowledges his complete dependence on God; confesses the constant repetition of the same boring sins; and reflects on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. But this is no ordinary retreat companion. Lord’s originality and lively imagination shine through as he reflects on the beauty of a hyacinth, compares himself to a goldfish in a bowl, and pictures the scene of himself standing before God in judgment.
This new edition includes a foreword by Michael Rossmann, S.J., editor of the Jesuit Post, and an introduction to Fr. Daniel Lord’s life and work by US Catholic historian Rev. David Endres. Lord’s popular article, “Cancer Is My Friend” is included as an epilogue.
Features & Benefits
- Lord was the author of more than ninety books and almost 300 pamphlets.
- After consulting for Cecil B. DeMille’s production of the silent film King of Kings in 1927, Lord was instrumental in creating the Production Code of 1930 to ensure decency in film production. He was known as “the Hollywood priest.”
- A lively expression of the Spiritual Exercises and a model of how to pray through letter writing or journaling.
- Lord is already beloved by older Jesuits and the foreword by Michael Rossmann, S.J., editor of the Jesuit Post, will introduce Lord to a new generation.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Christian Classics
“A spiritual gift.”
“Anyone growing up Catholic in St. Louis, like me, revered the legendary Fr. Dan Lord. What a spiritual gift to see his epic work republished! It’s as timely today as it was when I first read it fifty years ago!”
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
“A superb introduction to one of the best-known Jesuits of the twentieth century.”
“A superb introduction to one of the best-known Jesuits of the twentieth century and someone who grasped what the New Evangelization meant even before the term was coined. Daniel Lord, S.J., influenced millions of Catholics and this new edition introduces this astonishing communicator to a new generation of believers.”
Rev. James Martin, S.J.
“Suffused with great love.”
“This is the book that made me want to write on healing. It taught me that God calls to us at every moment of our lives. Each page is suffused with great love—both that of Fr. Lord, and that of his Lord.”
Author of My Peace I Give You
“How many have cause to be grateful to Fr. Lord!”
“How many have cause to be grateful to Fr. Lord! He died of cancer, and worked right up to the last month of his life.”
Dorothy Day (1897-1980)
Cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement