As Joseph Ratzinger mentions in the preface, "the book presents in written form three sermons that the author preached in the Cathedral at Muenster to a congregation from the Catholic Student Chaplaincy, December 13-15, 1964."
In other words, these are essays derived from sermons preached to college students toward the end of Vatican II. They are remarkable, among other reasons, for their insights into the ongoing Christian struggle to understand and realize in action "what it means to be a Christian".
First Sermon: "Are
We Saved? Or, Job Talks with
Christianity as Advent
The Unfulfilled Promise
Are We Saved?
The Hidden God
Second Sermon: "Faith as Service"
The Salvation of Christians and the Salvation of the World
God Becomes Man, Man Becomes Christlike
The Meaning of Salvation History
Third Sermon: "Above All: Love"
Love is Enough
Why Do We Need Faith?
The Law of Superabundance
Faith, Hope, and Love
"In our generation the Christian Faith finds
itself in a much deeper crisis than at any other time in
the past. In this situation it is no solution to shut our
eyes in fear in the face of pressing problems, or to simply
pass over them. If faith is to survive this age, then it
must be lived, and above all, lived in this age. And this
is possible only if a manifestation of faith is shown to
have value for our present day, by growing to knowledge and
ùPope Benedict XVI,From the Introduction