In The Gift of Peace by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin he relates his personal reflections on the last three years of his life. This was the mission of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin in the final months of his battle with pancreatic cancer. Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly as a man who had been given the gift of peace, peace both with himself and with his God.
In the final two months of his life, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin made it his mission to share his personal reflections and insights in this book, The Gift Of Peace by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. Using as a framework the previous three years, which included false accusation of sexual misconduct, diagnosis of cancer, and return of the cancer after fifteen months of being in remission, Cardinal Bernardin tells his story openly and honestly. At the end of his life, the Cardinal was at peace. He accepted his peace as a gift from God, and through this book, he shares that gift with the world. The Gift of Peace by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin is part of the Cardinal's pastoral legacy; through this book his ministry lives on.