Water For The Parched Earth - Basil Meeking
Author: Basil Meeking
Publisher: Connor Court
Pages: 156 PB
Bishop Basil Meeking chose as his episcopal motto, Speaking the Truth in Love from St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 4:15. This book of reflections “speaks the truth in love”, and is the fruit of many years of praying and reading and relating with priests.
It is an ideal commemoration of the Year for Priests that will refresh the recollection of priests young and old, and is an ideal gift for priests who approach some special occasion.
The book gathers up the wisdom of over 50 years of priestly life, over 20 years of these as a bishop, and over a decade of “retirement” ministry as Emeritus Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand.
While not a scholarly work as such, one can see in its pages an author who has a Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome and who has sustained many decades of deep theological reading and reflection. His years as Under-Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and as Bishop of Christchurch have informed a life that lives in the simplicity of prayer in the face of complexity. And his years as a simple Parish Priest are all gathered-up in this book that draws on deep springs to present priestly life as Water for the Parched Earth.
The Editor, the Rev. Dr P. A. McGavin, is a priest of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Australia, and Editor of The Priest, the journal of the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.