Awakening courage in times of struggleBestselling author Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV, assembles a remarkable biography of Father Bruno Lanteri, who while living within a context of exciting historical significance—with the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon, and the Bourbon Restoration reshaping France all around him—overcame great odds to become the foremost spiritual leader of the age, ultimately founding the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. Drawn from Lanteri’s own journals, letters, and correspondence, Gallagher offers a detailed spiritual portrait of a man once limited by his own impatience and lack of charity, who evolved into a man of fierce spiritual courage, religious reformer, defender of the Pope against Napoleon’s command, and a symbol of perseverance who coined the term “begin again”—the official motto of the Oblates. Complemented by a timeline of historical events, photographs, and maps, Gallagher’s richly researched volume brings to light the ministry and legacy of a remarkable leader as never before.
Reviews"A clear and delightful portrait of Venerable Bruno Lanteri, rich and engaging." —Fr. David Beauregard, O.M.V., Ph.D., professor of Church History, St. John's Archdiocesan Seminary, author, Catholic Theology in Shakespeare's Plays
"With his impressive scholarship, pastoral prudence, theological acumen, and pellucid prose, Gallagher has made available to English-speaking readers a biography of the Venerable Bruno Lanteri." —Harvey D. Egan, S.J., Professor Emeritus of Theology, Boston College
"Every Oblate of the Virgin Mary, and all who know Fr. Lanteri and seek to live according to his spirituality, will find strength, consolation, and spiritual joy in reading Fr. Gallagher's biography of our Founder." —Fr. Louis Normandin, O.M.V., general councilor in the Oblates of the Virgin Mary
Author BiographyTimothy M. Gallagher, OMV, is considered to be one of the greatest interpreters of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. He is a popular retreat leader, an Ignatius scholar, and a lecturer. He is the author of several books, including The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian Rule for Everyday Life, The Examen Prayer, An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer, and Meditation and Contemplation. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.