Denville, New Jersey: Dimension Books, Inc., 1969. First American edition. Octavo, original pale gray cloth, original dust jacket. Sporadic neat pencil underlining, in a bright unclipped dust jacket. A near fine copy. Item #1061
'DO NOT MAN'S WORDS FLOW OUT OF WHAT FILLS HIS HEART?"
First edition of the French Dominican's meditations on ecclesiology in the years after the Second Vatican Council—offering a "new and revolutionary view of the Church today." A bright, crisp copy.
An influential Dominican theologian, Congar's "experience in the military, especially five years in Nazi prisons, led him to emphasize the value of Christian unity and Church reform." (Robert Royal, A Deeper Vision). Congar was effectively silenced in the 1950s but John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council revived his influence and here he revisits some perennial themes. In a brief Foreword, Congar acknowledges a "return in this book to the topics I have already treated elsewhere. Do not man's words flow out of what fills his heart?" The Church that I Love is a post-conciliar continuation of Congar's previous works such as Lay People in the Church (1957). Consists of five sections: I. The Church, People of God, II. The Church, Universal Sacrament of Salvation, III. The Church, Messianic People, IV. Towards a True Sense of the Church, V. The Prayer for Unity. Approbations.