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Our Next Book: The Lord by Romano Guardini

June 20, 2017 by  
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Announcing Our Next Book: The Lord by Romano Guardini

The Lord (Week 1 of 23)

Dear Spiritual Direction Family,

Please join our Book Club as we read one of the great treasures of Catholic thought – The Lord, by Romano Guardini.

Following are the accolades from the back of my edition:

“Monsignor Guardini…has written more than just the life of Jesus. He places that life in the context of history and shows how the teachings of Jesus are related to the whole body of church doctrine and practice.” — New York Times

“This book is a masterpiece. It embodies the wealth of modern exegetical criticism opened by Protestant theologians like Karl Barth, the greatest traditions of ‘devotio modern,’ French seventeenth century thought, the great insights of the Catholic mystics, and the matured speculation of scholasticism. But above all, it is an approach to Christ through the Gospels.” — H.A. Reinhold, Commonweal

“Guardini’s book The Lord has not grown old, precisely because it still leads us to that which is essential, to that which is truly real, Jesus Christ Himself. That is why today this book still has a great mission.” — Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger [Pope Benedict XVI]

I’ve previewed the first couple of chapters, and I’m telling you – this book is rich! It is beautiful, insightful and directly applicable to our lives today. Let me just say, Chapter II: The Mother – Wow!

This book will carry us through to our Thanksgiving break – we plan to take our time so we can savor every chapter. Here is our prospective calendar:

Wk    Date               Assignment

1     6/20          Author Preface; Part 1: Ch. I-IV

2     6/27          Part 1: Ch. V-VIII

3     7/4            Part 1: Ch. IX-XII

4     7/11           Part 2: Ch. I-IV

5     7/18          Part 2: Ch. V-VIII

6     7/25          Part 2: Ch. IX-XII

7     8/1             Part 3: Ch. I-IV

8     8/8            Part 3: Ch. V-VIII

9     8/15           Part 3: Ch. IX-X; Part 4: Ch. I

10   8/22          Part 4: Ch. II-V

11    8/29          Part 4: Ch. VI-VIII

12    9/5            Part 4: Ch. IX-XII

13    9/12           Part 4: Ch. XIII-XIV; Part 5: Ch. I-II

14    9/19           Part 5: Ch. III-VI

15    9/26           Part 5: Ch. VII-IX

16    10/3           Part 5: Ch. X-XII

17    10/10         Part 5: Ch. XIII-XIV; Part 6: Ch. I-II

18    10/17         Part 6: Ch. III-VI

19    10/24        Part 6: Ch. VII-X

20   10/31         Part 6: Ch. XI-XII; Part 7: Ch. I-II

21    11/7           Part 7: Ch. III-VII

22    11/14        Part 7: Ch. VIII-End of Book

23    11/21         No Assignment


We look forward to the discussion!!!


NOTE: Speaking of discussions, our Comment Box has been getting slim lately – please drop a note to let us know you are there. And also, as we embark on this book, remember that our discussion is only as rich as the ComBox is full. Have you ever been involved in a book club where only one person does all the talking? Not nearly as much fun as when everyone contributes. We'd love for this online book club to be as personal as one meeting in your living room. When I designed this book club, I decided to write my posts as I would talk in my own home – this paragraph or chapter made me think of X,Y or Z. And then the discussion would go from there. The idea was that others could comment on that passage, or about something that particularly moved them in their reading – just as they do when we discuss books in person. So get in there – don't be shy!!! We want to hear (read) your insights, your thoughts, your feelings, your resolutions!!!

Happy Reading!

Reading Assignment:

Author Preface; Part 1: Chapter I-IV

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever read The Lord? If so, do you have any insights you'd like to share? How would you say it compares with other writings that examine the life of Christ?

2. See the NOTE above – please drop us a note in the Comment Box to let us know you are there – and if you have any suggestions that would help our book club serve you better, please don't hesitate to let us know.

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at

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  • misererenobis

    Here! Please don’t go away! I love this book club. I don’t comment because, while I wouldn’t mine sharing my my opinion or how a book impacted me, I’m not one for debates.

    • Vicki

      Please share!!! This isn’t about debating; it’s about sharing how a book may have moved you or what you took from it. There are no right or wrong answers in that regard. We would love to know your opinion and I can promise you it will be respected here. God bless you!

      • misererenobis

        That has not been my experience in the past, but thank you! I do appreciate this book club.

  • 8Kate8

    Wow! I am new here. I just discovered the comment box. I thought you had to go through the channels on the disqus web page so I couldn’t ever figure out how to comment. Looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for providing the book club, Vicki.

    • LizEst

      Welcome 8Kate8! We’re pleased you have joined us and we look forward to your comments. God bless you!

  • Judith Sears

    Hi – it’s been a while since I read The Lord, but it was part of my reading when I converted to the Church 30+ years ago. I will start reading tonight & join in the discussion this weekend.

    • Vicki

      Judith, Thank you so much for joining us! We look forward to your insight! God bless!

  • Mary Ann Kronk

    Oh! I just read Guardini’s “Spirit of the Liturgy” and it was fantastic. I’m on board for “The Lord”. I will get the book and start the journey with you…

    • Vicki

      Mary Ann,
      So glad you’ll be joining us!!! I look forward to your comments!

  • Roshni Nunes

    I have read the first 4 chapters of the book. It is rather beautiful. Some of the things that really touched me were
    – The great depth and beauty of silence and how things happen in silence
    – The YES of Mother Mary explained so beautifully and how much sacrifice it involved
    – John the Baptist being set aside for the Lord and living a life of simplicity. Also the constant battles (struggles / doubts) prophets/ those who follow Jesus face from time to time

  • Catherine Kibler

    Yes, I am here! This is my second book with you. I never read The Lord, but looking through it, I know I will get to know our Savior more intimately. The small insight I picked up by browsing through it are wonderful. I hope more readers will provide their feelings, thoughts, and inspirations so we can all grow together as the Mystical Body of Christ! I would like to encourage others to not just comment, but reply to each others’ posts as well. Thank you for keeping us on this spiritual road to holiness by this book club.

  • Gregory Melucci

    Guardini’s teaching influenced Benedict xvi
    Very popular book in 60’s
    He’s a beautiful writer and authored a trilogy of texts on prayer including “the living God”
    The Lord is my favorite

  • Kelly

    I am new participant of the book club. I am obviously behind in reading, but I would still like to participate. I will get caught up. Is it permissible to continue to make comments on previous chapters?

    • LizEst

      Welcome Kelly. We are happy you are joining us … and, to answer your question, it is absolutely permissible to continue to make comments on previous chapters. Hope that helps!

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