The Gift of Peace, Personal Reflections


By Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

A New York Times Bestseller!

In the final two months of his life, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin made it his mission to share his personal reflections and insights in this book, The Gift of Peace. Using as a framework the previous three years of his life, which included a widely publicized false accusation of sexual misconduct and a re-diagnosis of cancer after 15 months of remission, Cardinal Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly. At the end of his life, the Cardinal showed us all that one of the greatest gifts we can receive is the gift of peace—a gift that comes from God alone.

Author, Joseph Cardinal Bernadin, was born in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1928. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Charleston in 1952 and served as an Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta (1966-68), general secretary of the U.S. bishops' conference in Wash., D.C. (1968-72), Archbishop of Cincinnati (1972-82), President of the bishops' conference (1974-77), and Archbishop of Chicago (1982-96). He became a cardinal in 1983. He chaired the U.S. bishops' committee that drafted a pastoral letter on war and peace and often articulated the need for a consistent ethic of life. Cardinal Bernadin was widely respected for his gentleness, his spirituality, and his ability to reconcile. He received the Medal of Freedom at the White House two months before he died of pancreatic cancer.

Hardcover, 1997

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