Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries

Feast of St Maximus the Confessor
Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries edited by John Chryssavgis with contributions by Brian E. Daley, S.J., and Georges Florovsky

Dialogue_of_Love_Square.jpegECUMENICAL Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI boldly instigated a “pilgrimage toward unity” when they embraced at a historic meeting in Jerusalem on January 5-6, 1964. As the subtitle of this short but extremely important book indicates, this act literally broke the... Continue Reading


The Sacred in Life & Art

Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos
The Sacred in Life & Art by Philip Sherrard

Sherrard_Sacred_in_LIfe___Art_Square.jpeg“The concept of a completely profane world,” Sherrard writes, “of a cosmos wholly desacralized, is a fairly recent invention of the human mind.” The attempt to implement this standard as the force by which we determine the course of our social, economic, political and personal lives is even more recent and, according to Sherrard, enormously... Continue Reading


St John of Damascus: Writings

Feast of St John of Damascus and St Barbara the Great Martyr
St John of Damascus: Writings, Fathers of the Church 37, trans. by Frederic Chase

John_Damascene_square.jpgTHE IMPORTANCE of these texts in the history of Christian theology cannot be overestimated. Here in one volume (the only translation in its entirety in English) is St. John’s monumental Fount of Knowledge, comprised of “Philosophical Chapters,” “On Heresies,” and “An Exact Exposition... Continue Reading


Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering

Feast of St Proclus, Archbishop of Constantinople
Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering edited by James F. Keating and Thomas Joseph White, O.P.

Divine_Impassibility_and_Mystery_of_Human_Suffering_Square.jpegDOES GOD suffer along with his creation, or is He impassible—beyond the reach of all suffering and evil? Modern theologians, in the wake of epic tragedies such as the Holocaust or the Indonesian Tsunami, have increasingly challenged classical Christian doctrines of impassibility: “Since we... Continue Reading


Landscape with Two Saints: Brigit & Genovefa

Feast of St Nilus the Ascetic of Sinai
Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe by Lisa M. Bitel

Landscapes_with_Two_Saints_Square.jpegLISA BITEL calls Genovefa of Paris (ca. 420-502) and Brigit of Kildare (ca. 450-524) builder saints. Because they could not preach, teach, or otherwise conduct the rituals of Christianity, they “revised their landscapes . . . using purposeful travel and... Continue Reading


The Problem of Pain

Feast of Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinoiple
The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

Lewis__Problem_of_Pain_Square_2.jpgFor centuries people have been tormented by one question above all: If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain? And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it?

The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to... Continue Reading


The Holy Way

Feast of St Nestor the Martyr of Thessaloniki
The Holy Way: Practices for a Simple Life by Paula Huston

Holy_Way_Square.jpegAS A UNIVERSITY professor, writer, wife, and mother of four, Paula Huston makes an interesting, if painful, discovery: “the path to simplicity runs right through the middle of me.” Rather than managing to shore up and better manage the complexities of her environment, she discovers her clutter to be more internal... Continue Reading


The Weight of Glory

Feast of the Seven Holy Martyred Youths of Ephesus and St Cecelia the Martyr
The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis with introduction by Walter Hooper

Weight_of_Glory_Square.jpegCOLLECTED FROM various addresses and sermons Lewis gave during the years of World War II and later in his life, this book contains many of Lewis’s most famous essays. In pride of place is the essay from which the book draws its name,... Continue Reading


Western Monasticism

Feast of St Lucian the Martyr of Antioch
Western Monasticism: A History of the Monastic Movement in the Latin Church by Peter King

King__Western_Monasticism_Square.jpegPETER KING, emeritus lecturer in medieval history at St. Andrew’s University, takes an incredibly complex and diverse body of material and places it into brisk narrative. Passing immediately from the origins in Egypt, King traces the beginnings of Western monasticism with St. Benedict, then its simultaneously flourishing... Continue Reading


The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry

Feast of St James the Apostle, Son of Alphaeus
The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry edited by Mark T. Mitchell

Berry_Human_Vision_Square.jpgA STRIKING contribution to the conversation that is conservatism. Wendell Berry—poet, novelist, essayist, critic, farmer—has won the admiration of Americans from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum. His writings treat an extraordinary range of subjects, including politics, economics, ecology, farming, work, marriage, religion, and education. But... Continue Reading