Eternity in the Midst of Time

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Can time be our friend? At first glance the question seems ridiculous, because the apparent scarcity of time is a constant source of stress in our busy lives. There are not enough hours in the day, we say as we collapse late at night. Deep down we know that we cannot go on like this.

Father Stinnisen's book dares us to see time with new eyes. The insight that eternity is written in the depths of our hearts helps us to live in time in a way that leads us deeper into God's joy. We are like children in a land of fairy tales where everything is exciting and exploration never ends.We therefore should rejoice that everything around us is great and mysterious and that we can live in eternal wonder.

His intention is not to explain what time is and thus take away its mystery. Instead, his aim is to show us how to see time from different perspectives and to discover how rich and multifaceted it is. Above all, he demonstrates how we can make use of the tremendous possibilities that time offers to us.

Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen

Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen, O.C.D., was born in Antwerp, Belgium, where he entered the Carmelite Order in 1944. He was sent to Sweden in 1967 to co-found a small contemplative community. His many books on the spiritual life have been translated into multiple languages. Among his works available in English are Into Your Hands, Father; Eternity in the Midst of Time; Bread That Is Broken; Mary in the Bible and in Our Lives; and The Holy Spirit, Fire of Divine Love, all published by Ignatius Press.


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"Father Stinissen's writing is profound enough for theologians, yet accessible enough for anyone seeking a fuller and more meaningful spiritual life."
— Vinny Flynn, Author, 7 Secrets of the Eucharist

"The important truths taught here by Father Stinissen are well served by the simple beauty with which he explains them. Time is much more complex than the way we perceive it from our limited perspective. The ultimate understanding must be revealed by Christ, who entered chronology from eternity and graciously gave us clues."
— Fr. George Rutler, Author, Calm in Chaos: Catholic Wisdom for Anxious Times

"Father Stinissen's many references to Scripture on the subject of time, his wide-ranging use of saintly and secular thought, and his love for Saint Augustine's engagement with the perplexity of passing time, make this book a wonderful spiritual experience. We find ourselves provoked to remember the true shortness of life, while glancing often toward the blessedness of eternity, as we turn the pages of this very fine book."
— Fr. Donald Haggerty, Author, The Contemplative Hunger

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