In the West, we are appoaching Good Friday, just two weeks from tomorrow.

Tuesday night I went down to our local library to borrow Death on a Friday Afternoon by Richard John Neuhaus, as I have in years past.

It might seem strange to call a book with this title a primer on Christianity, but our entire faith is distilled in these “Seven Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross.”

A first-rate guide for converts, this is a book to be re-read every year: to remember what is important, to clear the dross of wrestling with false teachers or of thinking too hard about controversies, and to center the mind and heart on what is essential—faith, hope, love.

As Neuhaus writes, “If what Christians say about Good Friday is true, then it is, quite simply, the truth about everything.”