The Day is Now Far Spent
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2019
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In this powerful book by the acclaimed spiritual leader and best-selling writer, one he calls his "most important", he analyzes the profound spiritual, moral and political crisis in the contemporary world. He says that he "considers that the decadence of our time has all the faces of mortal peril."
"At the root of the collapse of the West, there is a cultural identity crisis. The West no longer knows who it is, because it no longer knows and does not want to know who made it, who established it, as it was and as it is. Many countries today ignore their own history. This self-suffocation naturally leads to a decadence that opens the path to new, barbaric civilizations."
In these words, Cardinal Sarah summarizes the theme of his book. His finding is simple: our world is on the brink of the abyss. Crisis of faith and of the Church, decline of the West, betrayal by its elites, moral relativism, endless globalism, unbridled capitalism, new ideologies, political exhaustion, movements inspired by Islamist totalitarianism.... The time has come for an unflinching diagnosis.
While making clear the gravity of the crisis through which the West has gone, the Cardinal demonstrates that it is possible to avoid the hell of a world without God, a world without man, a world without hope.
After the great international success of his first two books, God or Nothing and The Power of Silence, Cardinal Sarah offers a wide-ranging reflection on the crisis of the contemporary world while teaching many important spiritual lessons.
"To call this book a tour de force would be an understatement. It’s an astonishing work: clear, simple, visionary—and filled with hope."
— Most Rev. Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"Cardinal Sarah is a latter-day Christian prophet, and this book is his most urgent wake-up call yet to a West sleepwalking toward a paganized dystopia."
— Sohrab Ahmari, Author, From Fire, by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith
"Cardinal Sarah is a bright, shining light. His faith illuminates the path to authentic Catholic reform."
— George Weigel, Author, The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections Turbulent Times
"May Cardinal Sarah's pastoral charity, expressed in an extraordinary manner in this book, lead many souls to 'cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light', to 'put on the Lord Jesus Christ'."
— Raymond Cardinal Burke, Author, Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Chris
"Especially convincing are the cardinal's reflections on the Church's triumph, which can be achieved only if we follow Christ intellectually, spiritually, and morally, without excusing ourselves from a total self-gift to God."
— Gerhard Cardinal Müller, Author, The Power of Truth: The Challenges to Catholic Doctrine and Morals Today
"Realistic and hope filled, this is essential reading for believers living in a post-Christian world."
— Most Rev. Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, Colorado
"A riveting account of the issues of our times. Acutely aware of the role of the devil, the cardinal pulls no punches in offering the most cogent analysis of what ails us today."
— Bill Donohue, Author, Common Sense Catholicism: How to Resolve Our Cultural Crisis
"Cardinal Sarah's comprehensive view of the Church and society is as chilling as it is accurate. He offers great consolation to all by reminding us that 'God opens his hand' and gives us the greatest possible remedy: prayer."
— Most Rev. Thomas Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, Arizona
"The message of Cardinal Sarah is as timely as the solutions he proposes are timeless. His voice of wisdom and holiness urgently needs to be heard."
— Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, California
"No other work, or churchman, addresses with such clarity the profound moral and spiritual crisis engulfing the world today, and the solutions for it. A monumental book that every Catholic, and Christian, needs to read!"
— Raymond Arroyo, New York Times Best-Selling Author, EWTN Host, The World Over
"I particularly urge my brother priests and bishops to read this book, taking to heart its appeal to us for spiritual and ecclesial reform and renewal, which must begin with us."
— Most Rev. Alexander Sample, Archbishop of Portland, Oregon
Robert Sarah is a Guinean Cardinal prelate of the Catholic Church. A Cardinal since November 2010, he was appointed as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis on 23 November 2014. He previously served as secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.
In 2016, Sarah called for priests to face the altar ad orientem (in the same direction as the congregation) while celebrating Mass, despite the fact that versus populum (facing the congregation) had become the prevailing practice following recommended changes to the liturgy made by the Second Vatican Council. The move was seen by some media commentators as a direct challenge to Pope Francis.
An opponent of same-sex marriage, he has denounced the "Western homosexual and abortion ideologies", personally suggesting that both are of "demonic origin" and comparing them to Nazism and Islamic terrorism. He has also been outspoken on the persecution of Christians under radical Islam.