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Who was Romano Guardini? Priest and teacher, author and lecturer, Renaissance man, precursor of Vatican II, lighthouse in the darkening world of Nazi Germany, prophet of things to come, humanistic scholar in the best sense of the word--these only begin to describe him. For American Catholics before and after Vatican II, he was best known for his writings on the liturgy and his profound meditation on the life and person of Jesus Christ, The Lord; but in Europe he was for decades an influential spiritual, intellectual and cultural guide, known for his deep, clear vision of the church and the world.

In The Essential Guardini, Heinz R. Kuehn selects portions of Guardini's most influential writings, reintroducing us to Guardini and his world and reminding us that Guardini has much to say to our world.

Heinz R. Kuehn grew up in Germany during the Nazi era. He was a member of the organized resistance to the Nazi regime, and he participated in Guardini's circles in Berlin and Ttibingen. After the war, he became a well-known writer in Germany and the editor of the newspaper of the diocese of Berlin. In 1951, he immigrated with his wife, Regina, and their family to the United States. He has published numerous essays on religious, literary and philosophical subjects and several books, including an autobiographical memoir, Mixed Blessings: An Almost Ordinary Life in Hitler's Germany (University of Georgia Press, 1989).

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