Christendom College

College President Authors New Edition of Classic Book

November 2, 2017

College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell’s book, Heart of the Redeemer: An Apologia for the Contemporary and Perennial Value of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was re-released today in a revised, updated edition by Ignatius Press.

“Heart of the Redeemer,” a new edition of the original 1989 classic, was published on November 1, 2017.

Originally released in 1989, the new edition gives O’Donnell the opportunity to delve even deeper into devotion to the Sacred Heart and its development over the centuries. In the book, O’Donnell examines the doctrinal roots of devotion to the Sacred Heart in Scripture and in the Apostolic and Patristic ages, charts its growth and development through the Middle Ages, explains the enormous contribution of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, and unfolds the teachings of the Papal Magisterium on the Sacred Heart, including Vatican II and John Paul II.

Years of careful research by O’Donnell produced this one volume synthesis of how devotion to the Heart of Jesus has developed, resulting in a moving overview of how the love for Jesus Christ has grown in the hearts of the faithful from Calvary to the present day.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is intimately linked to our response in love to the Eucharistic Christ. It lies at the core of Catholic spiritual life and is the key to effective renewal of individuals, the Church and the world. For those who haven’t yet lived this devotion — or who want to understand and live it more fully — they will discover its richness and beauty in Heart of the Redeemer.

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