Five Loaves and Two Fish
Five Loaves and Two Fish

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Van Thuan, Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen 

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Five Loaves and Two Fish

Venerable Cardinal Francis-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan spent thirteen years in communist prisons in his home country of Vietnam. A priest of extraordinary faith and courage, he remained in contact with the faithful under his care by sending out secret messages of encouragement and advice on scraps of paper from his prison cell. His reflections are still published by Pauline Books & Media.

In Five Loaves and Two Fish, a book drawn from his remarks to young people at the 1997 World Youth Day in Paris, Cardinal Van Thuan reflects on his life and his relationship with God and his Church. In the same way that Jesus fed thousands with only five loaves and two fish, Cardinal Van Thuan, with characteristic humility, offers his own life as an example of the great things God can work through his servants. "Like the boy in the Gospel passage, I will recall my experience in seven points: my five loaves and two fish," he offers. "These are nothing, but it is all I have. Jesus will do the rest."

The Cardinal's story of suffering for God and his Church, told in his own words, is extraordinary enough. But it is the spiritual insights and reflections he shares in this book that make it a moving and essential read for any Catholic. Five Loaves and Two Fish is joyful and greatly encouraging, a powerful and contemporary testimony of faith. Like St. Paul, also imprisoned for his faith, Cardinal Van Thuan reminds us that a life devoted to God is the only one worth living, no matter the circumstances.

About the Author:

Venerable Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

Ordained a priest in 1953 and made the bishop of Nha Trang, Vietnam, in 1967, Venerable Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan suffered for the Gospel especially during his long years in prison. He was exiled from Vietnam in 1991. Saint John Paul II made him a cardinal in 2001. Van Thuan died in Rome in 2002.

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Trim size: 5 x 7.25 inches
Pages: 96

Sr. Sean says...
This is a profound read. Don’t be fooled by the low page count (84 pages). Less is more!<br>Van Thuan writes simply and directly about the Gospel. His words are born out of his own experience of suffering and persecution for the Faith. He writes the way he speaks.<br>Over ten years ago I heard him at a Eucharistic Congress. I was expecting the thoughts of the Cardinal-Archbishop in charge of the Vatican office for Justice and Peace (Van Thuan’s role at the time) to be interesting, if a bit technical. Instead this older Vietnamese priest got up to the podium and started gently ruminating on fragments of Gospel stories (with 20+ years of daily Mass and daily reading of the Bible I’d heard those stories a million times if I’d heard them once). I was, on the one hand, completely mesmerized, and on the other hand, surprised at my reaction. There I was on the edge of my seat “hearing” as if for the first time about Jesus’ miracles and teachings and what that meant in my life today.<br>That same disarming simplicity comes across in the pages of this book. Want something short and sweet and powerful? This it it.
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