Szukalski publishes book

New book by Fr. John Szukalski, SVD, now available
Fr. John Szukalski, SVD

A new book by DWC faculty member, Fr. John Szukalski, SVD, is ready for distribution. "Tormented in Hades: The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) and Other Lucan Parables for Persuading the Rich to Repentance" can be ordered online at

The parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31) seems to condemn the rich man to torments in Hades for no other apparent reason than his wealth and to reward poor Lazarus with bliss at Abraham’s side for no other apparent reason than his poverty. Is divine judgment simply a matter of eternal reward for the poor and condemnation for the rich, a mathematical function inversely proportional to one’s financial net worth? Or taken another way, is not the rich man’s prosperity a tangible sign of divine blessing for a life well-lived, and the poor man’s misery an obvious sign of a divine punishment for a life of moral bankruptcy? But if this were true, then why would God reverse the eternal fates of these men upon their deaths?
The parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus is one of seven “money-lover” parables in the Lucan Travel Narrative that addresses the issue of whether it is possible to be both rich and Christian—and if so, how so? When read utilizing the socio-narratological approach employed in this book, these parables come alive with new insights and implications for living a more authentic Christian discipleship.

"Employing a creative method that makes use of both literary criticism and social scientific analysis, John Szukalski's engaging study sheds new light on the Lucan parables. Written in a way that is acessible to students as well as scholars, this work provides a profitable way to read and understand these familiar stories."

Frank J Matera, The Catholic University of America