Guardian of the Redeemer Anniversary Edition (Redemptoris Custos)

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Author: John Paul II, Pope
Publisher: Pauline Books & Media Pages: 96
Binding: Paperback
Code: 819831301 Series: 180X115

Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II's apostolic exhortation Guardian of the Redeemer with this expanded edition that offers a rich commentary and invites us to reflect on Saint Joseph as a model of faith. 

Given on the feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1989, this apostolic exhortation focuses on the way Saint "Joseph, like Mary, remained faithful to God's call until the end." Pope John Paul II encourages us to consider the ways that Saint Joseph lived his faith day to day.

This 25th anniversary edition provides the complete text of the apostolic exhortation, accompanied by a commentary by Joseph Atkinson that makes Pope John Paul II's language more accessible. In six parts, readers are given a fuller understanding of Saint Joseph as guardian, husband, carpenter, and patron.

References to various religious documents and Biblical passages provide rich context for highlighting Saint Joseph's role in Christ's life and as patron of the Church today. Joseph Atkinson's commentary helps readers to understand the exhortation, and offers reflection questions and a prayer after each section. Reading the exhortation becomes a way to fully recognize and appreciate Saint Joseph's role in salvation history.

In this special Anniversary Edition, we can delve more deeply into our comprehension of the guardian of the Redeemer, husband of Mary, and patron of the Universal Church.

Features & Benefits:

  • Provides complete text of exhortation, plus commentary
  • References Scripture and various religious documents
  • Offers reflection questions and a prayer after each section


About the Author:



Description Joseph C. Atkinson, PhD, is a leading expert in the theology of the domestic church. He is the author of The Biblical and Theological Foundations of the Family (Catholic University of America Press, 2013) and founder of the Theology of the Family Project. In 2007, EWTN produced a thirteen-part series with Dr. Atkinson entitled The Biblical Vision of Marriage and Family: The Domestic Church. Currently the Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture at the John Paul II Institute at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Dr. Atkinson also serves as executive secretary of the Catholic Biblical Association. He and his wife have been married thirty-three years and have six children and one grandchild.