The Book of the Passion follows the whole via crucis, step by step, from the agony in the garden to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in the language of contemporaneous poetry. By means of poetic intuition, these poems look into the deep mysteries of our salvation, with vigorous emphasis in the immeasurable love and pain of the Lord on the cross. The overflowing of the imagination and the strength of the narrative and dramatic verse aim to arouse contemplative prayer and to encourage a higher love for Christ the Lord. This book is intended for readers who are both able to read poetry and willing to contemplate the passion of the Lord Jesus. The language of poetry may give to these readers a better understanding of the problem of pain, or at least a glimpse of the sense of human suffering, which is not always available for them in flat prose.
Jose Miguel Ibanez Langlois is a well-known writer in Latin America. He has published ten books of poetry, twenty books on literature and theology, and about 1,500 articles of literary criticism. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Pontificia Universita del Laterano, Rome, and a PhD in literature from Universidad Complutense, Madrid, and is a past member of the Theological International Commission. Professor Ibanez has taught poetic theory and moral theology at several universities.