Forsyth Ga, - A Lenten Book to Reflect on the Passion and Death of our Lord
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ as Described by a Surgeon, Pierre Barbet, M.D.
What the Gospels don't reveal about Christ's sufferings, science does The Gospels reveal only the barest essentials about the physical sufferings of Our Lord. But in this mind-opening book, Doctor Pierre Barbet relies heavily on his meticulous analysis of the Holy Shroud of Turin to recreate every stage of the Passion with exactitude and detail. The result: an intricate rendering of spirituality for the layman. It is for Lenten meditation and this volume is replete with documentation like only a scientist can bring to the table.
Dr. Barbet was a devout Catholic who knew the spiritual value of his findings---and he encouraged priests to use them in their homilies. "It is largely with a view to these clerics that I have wished to divulge my ideas, so that they may nourish their devotion to Jesus crucified and may bring it out in their preaching."
The beginning of the book is tedious but once you get past the history, which is essential, things pick; nevertheless, this is more technical than anything else. The end wraps everything up quite nicely and brings facts and ideas about the Passion up that few mortals have ever pondered.
Dr. Barbet, Surgeon at the Hópital Saint Joseph,Paris, writes, "Jesus is in agony till the end of time. It is right, it is good to suffer with Him and to thank Him, when He sends us pain, to associate ourselves with His. We have, as Saint Paul writes, to complete what is lacking in the passion of Christ, and with Mary, His Mother and our Mother, to accept our fellow-suffering fraternally and with joy.