Come, Have Breakfast: Meditations on God and the Earth
By: Elizabeth A. Johnson
* Author has previously won the Grawemeyer Award *
“Elizabeth Johnson is one of the world’s greatest and most gifted theologians. I can think of few people who have so profoundly influenced my understanding of God.”—James Martin, SJ, author, Come Forth“Elizabeth Johnson continues her work of nurturing the Church intellectually and spiritually with this book. Her deeply moving, biblically-rooted meditations on God's expansive creation, and the role of humans in caring for and defending our co-creatures, ought to be savored by every Christian of goodwill who is concerned with the future of our common home. As ever, Johnson reflects on the most vital issues of our time in a way that harmonizes Tradition, cutting-edge science, and spiritual insight. Reading Come, Have Breakfast is an invitation to linger at the eucharistic banquet and marvel at the wonders of God.”—Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Manhattan College
“Poetic, Prophetic, and Profound! This collection of ecological and theological meditations holds the power to expand our minds, inspire our hearts, and move us to action on behalf of our created kin and common home. Elizabeth Johnson's Come, Have Breakfast will long remain a treasured and timely resource for preachers, catechists, teachers, ecological leaders, and all who love the Scriptures and care about the future of the Earth.”—Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., University of Notre Dame
“‘Come, have breakfast’ (Jn 21:12) These three simple words followed by generous action open a portal into an ecological image of the living God who is active with cordial hospitality toward all creatures, nurturing their lives, desiring that all should be fed.”
In her latest work, prize-winning theologian Elizabeth Johnson views planet Earth, its beauty and threatened state, through the lens of scripture. Each luminous meditation offers a snapshot of one aspect of the holy mystery who creates, indwells, redeems, vivifies, and sanctifies the whole world. Together, they offer a panoramic view of the living God who loves the earth, accompanies all its creatures in their living and their dying, and moves us to care for our uncommon common home.
Elizabeth A. Johnson, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, is Distinguished Professor of Theology Emerita, Fordham University, NYC. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and also of the American Theological Society, an ecumenical association, she is winner of the John Courtney Murray Award for distinguished achievement in theology, and numerous other awards. Her book She Who Is received the Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Following her retirement, she was inducted into Fordham University’s Hall of Honor. Among her many books are Friends of God and Prophets: A Feminist Theological Reading of the Communion of Saints; Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God; Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints; and Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love. Her previous Orbis books include Creation and the Cross and Abounding in Kindness: Writings for the People of God.
Cover design by Ponie Sheehan
Cover art: The Mexican Blue-capped Hummingbird © 2020, The Emperor Penguin © 2023, and Apis, the Honey Bee © 2016 by Angela Manno, from her series Sacred Icons of Threatened and Endangered Species. Used with permission. www.angelamanno.com
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