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The author shows that the call to discipleship is above all an invitation to intimate companionship with Jesus, as we read in Mark: "Jesus called to him those whom he desired… in order that they might be with him" (3:14-15). What we normally call the "active apostolate" can never be an end in itself, but only the fruits of a life of prayer and adoration. These are what must be at the heart of a disciple's life, which can never be swept up by mere activism.
"A treasure for Christians who want to be Jesus' disciples from the core of their heart. I warmly recommend this book as a guide to true discipleship and engaged Gospel-reading."—Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Editor, Catechism of the Catholic Church
Father Simeon, O.C.S.O. (formerly Erasmo Leiva- Merikakis) obtained his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Theology from Emory University. Formerly a Professor of Literature and Theology at the University of San Francisco, he is now a Trappist monk at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Mass. In addition to Vols. 1 & 2 of Fire of Mercy, he is the author of several other books including The Way of the Discipleand Love's Sacred Order.