|to the Hungarian edition of Within
by Gabriel Calvo
„Reading this book, I remember meeting an Egyptian
monk who spent 20 years as a hermit. He answered my questions very
infinite simplicity, transparency, definiteness. His words reached
to my heart. I still keep them in my heart.
Fr Calvo, past his golden priestly anniversary, having given himself
totally to the spiritual care of families, has summarized the experiences
of a whole lifetime. He writes with such simplicity, transparency,
with such insight of depths that only the wise have.
This book is by an author who knows and loves people of today. He
knows that they are nervous, impatient, hardly able to read long,
deep books, but who are equally interested in truth, in the reality
of their lives as people of the past, who had the patience to read
At the same time, this book is also a surprise for me. Gabriel Calvo
is the forefather of those promoting family communication in our
Church, and yet, it seems as if in this book he were suggesting his
readers making a monologue. However, this book is also about communication.
If I am not conscious about who I am, if I cannot answer the basic
questions of life, if the contents of my faith are unclear, if
my decision for God the Holy Trinity is uncertain - am I really
myself? Is there anyone to communicate with others?
This book can be especially helpful also for single persons, for
those waiting to be married, and for those who are actually preparing
for marriage. It is a great gift if these existential questions can
be cleared within us before we join our lives with someone else.
If the questions which the author faces us are not cleared in us,
our personal lives and our relationships are built upon drifting
I wish that this book may lead as many of my brothers and sisters
as possible closer to God and to themselves, so that they can more
deeply relate to those with whom they constitute one family..
I hope that readig and sharing on this book
will animate the inner unity of our couples’, youth and adults’ groups."
Msgr László Bíró
Bishop for the Family
Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference