Over many centuries, Christians have lost sight of the heart of the Eternal Covenant: our nuptial union with God in Jesus as members of his Body and Bride. This has fueled a growing crisis of Christian identity and witness. Only by rediscovering the depth and beauty of our salvation in Christ will we be drawn to share more fully in his life and saving mission. But that requires encountering anew the scriptural and early Christian understanding of redemption as a nuptial bond rather than merely a juridical pardon of sin. Beginning with the Trinity’s revelation of himself and his Covenant in the person of Jesus, As I Have Loved You examines our own existence as persons and how the Covenant relationship weds us to Christ in his loving service of God and neighbor. That union prepares us for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, when we will know and love God even as he knows and loves us.
Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek is a priest of the Diocese of Austin serving as pastor for Assumption Parish in the city of West. His hometown is San Marcos, where he graduated with a degree in physics from Texas State University. During seminary, he studied at the University of Dallas and the Gregorian University (Rome). He received a doctorate from the Angelicum University (Rome) in 1996. His studies focused on Ecclesiology, Apostolic Ministry, Newman, and Ecumenism. Since ordination in 1985, his ministry has been in parishes except for three years as a diocesan official. He has published in various journals and writes for TheCatholicThing.org.
Robert L. Fastiggi,
Bishop Kevin M. Britt Chair of Dogmatic Theology and Christology,
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
“Here is a study of the ‘beatific union’ of the Trinity and the Church that strangely warms this Protestant’s heart. Vaverek’s book is both a timely reminder that salvation involves more (but not less) than a pardon of sin and a rousing call to discipleship: the importance of living out our nuptial union with Christ at all times and in all places. The emphasis on the eternal Covenant is of special interest (and a pleasant surprise), and the presentation of the Christian life as involving faith and love is indeed a marriage made in heaven.”
Kevin J. Vanhoozer,
Research Professor of Systematic Theology,
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Fr. Gerald E. Murray,
Pastor, Holy Family Church, New York, NY,
member of EWTN’s The Papal Posse, author of Calming the Storm
“Christ’s work of salvation draws us into nuptial union with God. Timothy Vaverek explains why this is the profound reality that changes our lives—while it also challenges erroneous views of salvation. As I Have Loved You is a most insightful treatment of Jesus’s love for us. This is a book that turns its readers back to the ancient mystery of faith, God’s eternal Covenant as a nuptial union. Reading Vaverek, one imagines being in the company of the saints of the Christian faith as they meditated on union with God. As I Have Loved You should be widely read by scholars and non-scholars alike.”
Saint Benedict Servants of Christ Chair in Ascetical Theology,
Nashotah House Theological Seminary
Distinguished Professor of Divinity,
Beeson Divinity School of Samford University,
co-chair of Evangelicals and Catholics Together
Founder and President, Faith & Reason Institute,
Editor-in-Chief, The Catholic Thing
Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville,
Vice President of Mission and Biblical Theology,
St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Gbudje, Oderhohwo Akpophre –
It’s very wonderful
Gbudje, Oderhohwo Akpophre –
What impressed me most about Fr. Timothy writing is the two issues of life. One the affirmative to life of God or Christ. The second is the negation of anything about God or Christ. Either you hate or love. Good or bad. The choice is ours to make based on our understanding of God.
As one of Fr. Timothy’s parishioners and the RCIA director, I have heard Fr. Timothy preach and teach for nearly 3 years. This books was like an “Emmaus Road” experience for me, where Fr. Timothy took me deeper into the meaning of salvation, explaining and connecting scripture and Sacred Tradition with the true message of salvation in Jesus Christ. The book, though deeply theological, if very readable. I recommend having a Bible at your side to look up the many referenced Scripture passages as you read.
Chet Stutes –
I am looking forward to learning about my salvation