The second meditation is a commentary to the
prophetic Pauline text (2 Tim 4: 3-4) according to which “a time
will come in which men will not endure sound doctrine.” Its
title is profound and exclusively Christian: “Love for the
Truth.” Here the author pours out his heart, expressing his
“sense of nostalgia” and love for the truth, so opposed to the
contemporary world in which lies and travesty seem to dominate,
even in some corners of the Church.
The third meditation, “The Poor Widow,” is a
commentary to the historic event in the life of Jesus when He
saw the poor widow give to the temple all she had to live on,
while the rich gave what was left over.
This last meditation comprises possibly one
of the literary peaks of the Twentieth Century – maybe a hidden
autobiography? – while providing an explanation of the
too-often-used – and generally miscomprehended – virtue of
Christian Poverty, exploring its depth to the point of touching
the mysterious. Written in a distinctive and compelling style,
contrasted with the rest of the theological work, this chapter
must be read without breaks or interruptions, in the same way
as one would observe and benefit from the performance of a great
Shoreless Lake Press, New Jersey, 1995, 170 pages.