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It is a simple theological truth: We become more like Jesus when we draw close to him. "People of the Passion "unpacks this tenet in a powerful examination of some of the main characters of Jesus' final days: Mary, Mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; Pilate; Nicodemus; Peter; and Judas. Throughout each chapter, Dr. Randall explores our perceptions and our knowledge of these individuals, pointing out how each played significant roles in exposing themes of faithfulness, gratitude, conflict, power, and betrayal.
"People of the Passion "calls us to embrace the "grace and opportunity of Lent," for when we pause to examine our hearts and spirits within our collective narrative of fallen humanity, we are reminded that "we are an Easter people." And in this, we celebrate Christ's resurrection, understanding that everything about our redemption hinges upon the most significant event in human history: Easter morning.
Dr. Cathy Randall is the retired Director of the University Honors Programs at The University of Alabama. She earned two Ph.D. degrees from the University of Alabama and has been named one of the top 31 women graduates of the twentieth century. Chairman of the Alabama Academy of Honor (the 100 most outstanding living Alabamians), Dr. Randall is a graduate of Education for Ministry and serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Eucharistic Visitor at Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.