New Book Launched 'Sibt 'l Alla fid-Deżert'

Sibt 'l Alla fid-Deżert book coverOn the evening of 5th December 2012, our Province launched a new book 'Sibt 'l Alla fid-Deżert' by Fr Harry Formosa SJ, at the University Chaplaincy, Msida, in the company of friends and family. Sadly, Fr Harry passed away after a long illness, in October of 2013. Below is a review written by Fr Victor Jaccarini SJ. 



A Personal Confession of Faith - Review of 'Sibt 'l Alla fid-Deżert'

From its very beginning Christianity has been a missionary movement and its founder’s command still echoes loudly in our days. “Go, make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). Quite early on, believers were urged: “Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason  for the hope that you all have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience” (1Pet 3:15-16). Fr. Harry Formosa SJ has done all this in his new book Sibt ’l Alla fid-Deżert (I Found God in the Desert). 

This is a very personal, direct and engaging confession of his Christian faith. However, it is not just a confession but gives an exposition and a respectful justification of the belief of Christians. It starts with the source and ground of all being, God one in being and yet a communion of persons. God is love and creates because He is love in order to share his goodness. A second section of the book, treats God’s dealings with human beings, i.e., the history of salvation and the Incarnation of God with us, Jesus Christ. This is followed by the prolongation of the presence of Jesus in His Church. A final section considers the special signs and instruments of God’s work through the Holy Spirit in the Sacraments. All this leads back to life after life with God.

Written in beguilingly simple language I found God in the Desert is clearly the fruit of much thought and rich human experience. The book is well organized and in its relatively small compass manages to be quite comprehensive. I enjoyed reading it. I found its positive outlook very refreshing and its sincerity moving. It is a book for questioners, those who are seeking for meaning in their existence. It will benefit also those believers who wish to deepen their faith.

by Victor Jaccarini SJ

Sibt ‘l Alla fid-Deżert,
 171 pp., paperback, was written by Fr Harry Formosa SJ, published by the Jesuits in Malta, produced by Mr Joseph Scerri and is available at Preca Library - Hamrun, Mount St Joseph Retreat House - Mosta, University Chaplaincy - Msida, Jesuit Provincial Office - Naxxar, Manresa Retreat House - Victoria Gozo and several bookshops, at the price of 6 Euro. Further enquiries may be directed to media[at]jesuit.org.mt or 9945 3331.

 

 

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